The quarter-finals of the Women’s Euro 2022 take place between Wednesday and Saturday with impressive hosts England favourites at 11/4 to now go on and win the tournament after three victories from three so far.
We’ve reached the knockout stage of the competition and several of the fancied teams have progressed smoothly out of their groups, including Germany (10/3 Outright), France (10/3), Sweden and reigning European champions Netherlands (12/1).
Austria, who are 80/1 to win the tournament, Spain and Belgium are also into the last eight of what has been an entertaining tournament so far.
Hope was high before a ball was kicked that the Lionesses, on home soil, could go far in the Euros and they have lived up to expectations and more, advancing as Group A winners with three wins and an aggregate scoreline of 14-0.
After a somewhat nervy 1-0 opening-night win over Austria at a packed Old Trafford, Sarina Wiegman’s side racked up an astonishing 8-0 victory over Norway and then dismantled debutants Northern Ireland 5-0.
England have momentum, the backing of big home crowds and players in top form. Beth Mead (2/5 – Top Goalscorer) has scored five of her country’s 14 goals, including a hat-trick against Norway, while Alessia Russo has struck three and Ellen White has weighed in with two.
So good have they been, England will approach the clash in Brighton with plenty of confidence but they will be wary of a Spain side who finished second in Group B thanks to comfortable wins over Denmark and Finland, either side of a 2-0 defeat to Germany.
The Germans have also caught the eye and are the only other nation with a 100 percent record so far. They take on Austria in the last eight on Thursday and will expect to make the last four without too many problems (Germany 1/4, draw 5/1, Austria 10/1 – Match Betting).
Alexandra Popp has been among their stand-out performers with three goals in three games, while Nicole Anyomi and Lea Schuller are others who have shone for Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s team, who now take on an Austria outfit who progressed out of England’s group thanks to a 2-0 success over Northern Ireland and a fine 1-0 victory over a disappointing Norway.
Friday’s quarter-final pits Group C winners Sweden (5/1 Outright) up against Group D runners-up Belgium (100/1) before Saturday’s heavyweight tie between France and Netherlands rounds off the last eight.
France looked assured and every inch tournament contenders with an opening 5-1 victory over Italy before they were made to work hard by Belgium in a 2-1 win. They were then held to a draw by Iceland on Monday night and Corinne Diacre’s side will likely need to improve if they are to get past Netherlands (12/1 Outright), who were held by Sweden in their first game but have since seen off Portugal and Swizterland, scoring seven goals in the process.