England clicked into gear during their win over China as they prepare to meet Nigeria in the Round of 16 of the Women’s World Cup. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and live betting for the tournament.
England: Perfect run
Coach Sarina Wiegman made some tactical changes ahead of the clash with China and it paid off, with England outclassing the Asian nation 6-1 to wrap up Group D. Finishing top has granted them a good run of games to the semifinals, starting with Monday’s Round of 16 fixture against Nigeria. They are now favorites to go all the way and lift the trophy. Chelsea midfielder Lauren James was the star of the show with a brace and three assists to help the European champions claim maximum points from three games.
The Lionesses are determined to advance to the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive Women’s World Cup. England are filled with optimism and eager to add another trophy to their collection. The Lionesses have had a remarkable run, securing victories in the 2022 and 2023 Arnold Clark Cup, as well as triumphing in the 2022 UEFA Women’s Championship so we will continue to include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
With the stakes so high, it would hardly be a surprise to see Sarina Wiegman revert to type. Lauren James will continue and Keira Walsh but has been spotted training on her own in a major boost, while Katie Zelem will likely start.
Nigeria: Surprise of the group
Nigeria finished runners-up in Group B, behind Australia and ahead of Canada and the Republic of Ireland. The Super Falcons concluded their group stage campaign with a goalless draw against the Irish to qualify for a second straight knockout appearance.
Although they are 11-time African champions, nobody really expected Nigeria to qualify in the knock-out stages. The Super Falcons were placed in Group B alongside co-hosts Australia and Olympic champions Canada, both of whom were expected to qualify. But Nigeria showed what they were worth in their opening two matches, holding Canada to a goalless draw and then beating Australia 3-2.
In the last edition of the competition in 2019, they were knocked out by Germany in the round of 16 and we expect them to have the same fate here so if you’re betting online, you should definitely fade them. Nigeria scored three goals in three matches, ranking 14th in the league. Their goal differential is +1, ranking them 15th in the tournament. They have a fully injury-free squad to choose from, and coach Randy Waldrum doesn’t have any fitness concerns to report ahead of their upcoming game.
England vs Nigeria Head-to-Head
This will be the fourth meeting between the sides. They first clashed at the 1995 World Cup, with England claiming a 3-2 win, while Nigeria won friendlies in 2002 and 2004 1-0 and 3-0 respectively. England are seeking to qualify for the quarterfinal for a fifth straight time. Nigeria have not scored in four World Cup games against European opposition, losing three. England have not conceded from open play in five games. Nigeria are unbeaten in their last six games, winning four.
England vs Nigeria Match Information
- Match: England (3-0-0) vs Nigeria (1-2-0)
- Location: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
- Day/Time: Monday, Aug. 7, 3:30 a.m. ET
- England vs Nigeria Live Stream: fubo.tv
England vs Nigeria Betting Lines
England vs Nigeria Picks and Prediction
As expected, England enter this clash as heavy favorites being priced at -350 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at 2½.
England have been the most consistent of all the pre-tournament favorites. Nigeria have been one of the revelations of the tournament, but they should stop here as England too strong for them. The European giants have played like a team on a mission to go all the way and they have all the weapons to qualify. It won’t be a walk in the park, but their attacking power will be the key to this clash. England scored first in all three games, finding the net within six minutes in each of their last two so we expect them to once again score in the first half and secure their advantage but we don’t expect a high-scoring affair.