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England Women v Austria Women: Tips, Predictions and Odds

England Women would have hoped to be preparing for the Women's Nations League semi-finals this week, but instead, they turn their attention to two friendlies, starting with a clash against Austria in Cadiz on Friday.

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England Women v Austria Women betting tips and predictions

England Women to win & under 3.5 goals - 5/4

England will return to action on Friday for the first time since the heartbreak of their Women's Nations League campaign late last year.

The Lionesses thrashed Scotland 6-0 at Hampden Park in early December and thought they had secured a spot in the last four of the Nations League.

But two late goals from the Netherlands in their clash with Belgium meant England would miss out on top spot in Group A1 and Team GB's hopes of making the Paris Olympics came crashing down with them.

Sarina Wiegman insists England have put the disappointment of that campaign behind them, and the focus is now on building towards next year's European Championship in Switzerland.

There are certainly issues for Wiegman to iron out, and it has not been plain sailing since her side's run to the Women's World Cup final.

Indeed, Wiegman looks unsure of her best options going forward with both Alessia Russo and Rachel Daly available, while Lauren Hemp started up front in the Nations League.

Since the Women's World Cup final, England have scored at least three goals in only two of their last six matches, losing to the Netherlands and Belgium as part of that run.

Austria restricted England to a 1-0 win when these sides met at Euro 2022, and this could be another tight contest with England, and under 3.5 goals is a decent bet at 5/4.

England Women to win to nil - 1/1

Thinking along the same lines as the previous bet, England could also be worth selecting to win to nil at 1/1.

England leaked more goals than they would have liked in their recent Nations League campaign but still won two of their last four games to nil, and their rearguard was crucial at the Women's World Cup, in which they conceded only four times.

Austria performed well in the Women's Nations League, having beaten both Norway and Portugal at home, but they looked out of their depth against France, drawing blanks both home and away.

Against superior opposition like England, they could again fail to find the net.

Lauren James to score at anytime - 13/8

It remains to be seen who Wiegman will choose to deploy through the centre of the England attack against Austria, but one player who could make an impact from out wide is Lauren James.

James typically starts for the Lionesses, and she netted a brace in December's 6-0 mauling of Scotland, scoring in the 38th and 39th minutes.

Domestically, she has excelled, too. Only Khadija Shaw (14) of Manchester City has scored more goals in the Women's Super League than Chelsea's James (12), and she can carry that form into Friday's clash at the Estadio Nuevo Mirador.

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England Women v Austria Women odds

England Women - 2/7
Draw -
19/4
Austria -
15/2

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