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Women's World Cup Tips: England and Rachel Daly to start strong

The Women's World Cup is in full swing in Australia and New Zealand and on Saturday attention turns to Group D as England Women begin their campaign against Haiti Women in Brisbane.

Liam Flin's tips

England Women to win & under 4.5 goals @ 5/6
Rachel Daly to score first @ 11/4
Melchie Dumornay to have a shot @ 11/8

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

Setting the scene…..

After lifting the Euro 2022 trophy on their own patch last summer, England are targeting Women's World Cup glory for the first time in their history and are fancied by many to go the distance in Australia and New Zealand.

The Lionesses, who have been hit hard by injuries in the build-up to the tournament - with Leah Williamson, Beth Mead and Fran Kirby out - are stationed in Group D along with Denmark, China and debutants Haiti, who they face first at the Suncorp Stadium.

Haiti are preparing for their first ever Women's World Cup campaign after beating Senegal and Chile in the inter-confederation play-offs.

WhatEngland Women v Haiti Women
WhereSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
When10:30, Saturday 22nd July 2023
How to watchITV1
OddsEngland Women 1/40, Draw 18/1, Haiti Women 50/1

England Women to win & under 4.5 goals @ 5/6

There are no prizes for guessing who should win this Group D opener with England priced at 1/40 to get the job done.

Prior to April's friendly loss to Australia, the Lionesses were on a 30-match unbeaten run in all competitions and, while they are fourth in the women's world rankings, Haiti are down in 53rd spot.

Haiti are expected to finish bottom of their section, but that lack of expectation could work in their favour and play-off wins over Senegal and a much-fancied Chile side are not to be ignored.

They head into this tournament in bad shape with defeats in five of their last six matches and that run featured an early exit at the Central American and Caribbean Games.

But, playing in a tournament of this magnitude should raise Haiti's game and they played with a back five against the USA in the Concacaf Championship last year, so a backs-to-the-wall performance is expected against the Lionesses.

Liam Flin's Tip:

An England win is likely but with no Beth Mead, who was top scorer at Euro 2022, the Lionesses have struggled a little in attack, drawing blanks in their last two matches.

They should find a way past Haiti, but it might be a little tougher than expected and an England win and under 4.5 goals is the way to go at 5/6.

Rachel Daly to score first @ 11/4

England head coach Sarina Wiegman has to make do without star striker Mead for this tournament and, while Alessia Russo proved her worth as a super-sub at the Euros last year, Rachel Daly looks the most likely to lead the line against Haiti.

Formerly a full-back for England, Daly has been converted into a forward more recently and thrived in the role for club side Aston Villa last season.

Liam Flin's Tip:

As a striker, Daly has gone up another level in her career and she finished as the Women's Super League's top scorer last season with 22 goals and five assists in 22 matches.

At 11/4, she could represent value to break the deadlock in this clash with Haiti.

Melchie Dumornay to have a shot @ 11/8

Haiti will be written off by most in Group D, but that does not mean they do not have players capable of hurting England.

The most notable talent to keep an eye on is Melchie Dumornay, known as Corventina, who has just put pen to paper on a deal with French giants Lyon.

The 19-year-old helped Haiti qualify for their first ever U20 World Cup earlier in her career and scored both goals in their Women's World Cup play-off victory over Chile.

Liam Flin's Tip:

Chances will likely be few and far between for Haiti against England in Brisbane, but Dumornay knows how to get in the right positions and scored 11 goals in 18 appearances for Reims in the Division One Feminine last season.

Even with Millie Bright returning to the fold, England have a bit of a reshuffled defence given Williamson's injury and Dumornay is worth backing to have a shot in the match at 11/8.

Liam Flin's tips

England Women to win & under 4.5 goals @ 5/6
Rachel Daly to score first @ 11/4
Melchie Dumornay to have a shot @ 11/8

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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