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With the 2023 Women’s World Cup entering the second round of games in the group stage two desperate sides that are yet to score meet in a bid to keep their hopes alive. The reigning Olympic champions from 2 years ago and ranked 7th in the world Canada only drew 0-0 vs Nigeria in their first match. The Irish fought hard against co-hosts Australia but still lost 0-1. What is the latest Canada vs Ireland women team news? What are our Canada vs Ireland women predicted lineups? Read on and find out.
The game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th and will be played in Perth, Australia at the Perth Rectangular Stadium. The kick-off time is 13:00 GMT, 0r 07:00 ET. Now, let’s delve straight and look at all the team news and also at our predictions for Canada vs Ireland women lineups.
Canada predicted lineup: Can a reshuffle bring goals for the Canuks?
The Canuks dominated all match against Nigeria but somehow failed to score. The legendary striker Christine Sinclair missed a penalty in this match on top of all the other misses. The inability to score goals has been an issue for Canada for some time. Canada saw 9 of their last 11 World Cup games produce fewer than 3 goals.
Sinclair continues to chase history and if she finds the back of the net she will become the first woman to have scored in 6 different World Cups.
Canada team news
After missing the game vs Nigeria with a calf injury now the Chelsea midfielder Jessie Fleming is expected to be available. She trained well between the matches and we are likely to see her starting in the middle of the park. Striker Cloe Lacasse, who only just joined Arsenal, could also be considered for a starting role after having an impactful appearance off the bench vs Nigeria.
At the same time, all of Leon, Huitema and Rose were poor in the first game. They all should worry about their starting roles.
Canada Predicted Lineups (4-2-3-1):
Sheridan – Riviere, Buchanan, Gilles, Lawrence – Fleming, Grosso – Rose, Sinclair, Lacasse – Huitema
Ireland predicted lineup: Can the Greens win only with pure physicality?
Ireland fought valiantly in their opening match but created precious little in attack and that’s why a 0-1 defeat was suffered vs co-hosts Australia. The Greens were very physical and they are trying to compensate for their lack of technical skills with pure physicality.
This doesn’t seem to be working for them as they have lost 4 of their last 6 games (W1 D1). Despite that, it is not likely for the Irish to change their approach or game style, so they will try to be physical again.
Ireland team news
The main worries are about the crucial centre-back Louise Quinn and her availability. She got hurt vs Australia and has been spotted wearing a protective boot on her foot on arrival at Perth. Quinn is a key player and will be hard to replace. Coach Vera Pauw hopes that Quinn will be available. If she is the Irish could use an unchanged starting lineup.
Heather Payne has also been seen with a strapping but the indications are she will be fit enough to start. She’s been used as a wing-back lately.
Here is how we think Ireland will line up in this opening game.
Ireland Predicted Lineups (3-4-3):
Brosnan – Fahey, Lo. Quinn, Connolly – Payne, O’Sullivan, Littlejohn, McCabe – Farrelly, Sheva, Carusa
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