2020 SheBelieves Cup – United States vs England Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does United States vs England kick off? Friday 6th March, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is United States vs England being played? Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL, USA

What TV channel is United States vs England on in the UK? This match will be broadcast live on BBC Two

Where can I stream United States vs England in the UK? This match will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sport website

Where can I get tickets for United States vs England? Tickets for this match can be purchased here!

What was the score in the last meeting between United States vs England? United States 2-1 England

THE TEAM NEWS

UNITED STATES

  • The United States are the reigning world champions and number one in the world rankings coming into this fifth SheBelieves Cup and they will be eager to beat the Lionesses in this opening encounter to make their intentions clear.
  • The USNWT have already played five competitive matches this year for the Concacaf Women’s Olympic qualifiers, winning all five by a staggering aggregate score of 25-0 having yet to concede a goal in 2020.
  • They last faced England in the semi-final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in a close match that saw three first-half goals become the final 2-1 scoreline, with England captain Steph Houghton missing a penalty late on.

ENGLAND

  • England Women’s SheBelieves Cup preparations have not been up to the standard of their opponents here, with just two wins and a draw from six friendlies played since they fell short once again at the last four stage of the Women’s World Cup last year.
  • Phil Neville’s selection has raised some eyebrows in its perhaps excessive youthfulness, with three uncapped players in the squad and seven players who featured in the bronze medal-winning campaign at the Under-20s World Cup two years ago.
  • The Lionesses will be without several vital players, most notably arguably the world’s best right-back in Lucy Bronze who is ruled out with a calf injury, as well as Arsenal forward Beth Mead. Goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck is a doubt to feature in the team for this particular fixture.

THE PREDICTION

The manner of the Lionesses' exit in the semi-finals of the World Cup last year is still raw for many fans and players alike, with a marginal VAR decision ruling out tournament top-scorer Ellen White’s crucial second-half equaliser. The hangover from that bitter exit may not yet have left the Lionesses, with some questionable performances since, and there is a sizeable weight of expectation on their shoulders to exact revenge here against the world’s best team. The USNWT have not conceded a goal this year but know they are facing their first real test since their 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in last year’s World Cup final. They will be prepared for the visit of England and, while the Lionesses’ offense should be able to break their hosts’ clean sheet streak, the Stars and Stripes are a level above the rest of the tournament and should win this.

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