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For the first time in 20 years, the Women’s World Cup will have an all-European final. Not just that but history beckons for either England or Spain as both nations are about to take to the grass for their first-ever World Cup final. Can Spain cause one more upset? Are the Lionesses finally ready to do it? Here we give you our England women vs Spain predicted lineups for the big match, as well as, all the latest team news.
The game is scheduled for Sunday, August 20th and will be played in Sydney, Australia at the Australia Stadium. The kick-off time is 11:00 am GMT. Which of these two European nations will be crowned World Champions for the first time in their history?
England predicted lineup: will Lauren James’ return mean a change of the lineup?
The Lionesses finally made it! After losing consecutive World Cup semifinals England showed maturity against co-hosts Australia and thanks to a decisive late surge they triumphed 3-1. Following their triumph at the 2022 Euros for their first big trophy England look full of confidence right now.
Their amazing manager Sarina Wiegman is about to embark on her 4th consecutive big final and since taking charge of England in 2020 she has lost just 1 out of 38 games (W30 D7).
The atmosphere in the Lionesses den, for this tournament is the 4-star Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Gold Coast, is positive and everyone seems to be relaxed, at least on the surface:
— Lionesses (@Lionesses) July 24, 2023
The big news is that Lauren James is back after her two-match suspension. James scored 3 and assisted for 3 more of England’s first 8 goals in this tournament. She got sent off in the round of 16 though and missed the last 2 matches.
Her return might not mean a change to the lineup though. Her replacement Ella Toone scored a beauty in the semi vs Australia and it seems she will retain her starting role while James will be used as a weapon off the bench.
England Predicted Lineups (3-4-3):
Earps – Carter, Bright, Greenwood – Bronze, Walsh, Stanway, Daly – Toone, Russo, Hemp
Spain women predicted lineup: is the teenage sensation Paralluelo ready to shine again?
La Rojas are probably the most surprised World Cup finalists since Japan’s triumph in 2011. Spain captured the imagination of the nation with their crafty forward moves and they are officially the highest-scoring team of this World Cup with 17 goals already.
The 19-year-old Salma Paralluelo is quickly becoming Spain’s darling girl and she is trying to achieve something no woman has done before – score in each of a quarterfinal, a semifinal and a final of the same World Cup.
Spain will have a chip on their shoulder heading into this final too as last year they got eliminated from the Euros exactly by England in the quarterfinals. Spain have won only 2 of their 11 previous games vs England (D5 L4) too.
Both Alba Redondo and Salma Paralluelo are reported to be nursing knocks ahead of the final. However, considering the magnitude of the match both are expected to play. Still, considering her condition Paralluelo might begin the game on the bench and burst onto the pitch in the second half.
Hernandez is back from a ban but she is likely to start on the bench too.
Spain Predicted Lineups (4-3-3):
Coll – Batlle, Paredes, Codina, Carmona – Bonmati, Abelleira, Hermoso – Redondo, Caldentey, Gonzalez
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