England conclude Group D at the Women's World Cup with a clash against China in Adelaide on Tuesday, knowing a point will book them a spot in the last 16.
It has been a solid but unspectacular showing from England at the Women's World Cup so far, and the Lionesses can book their place in the last 16 if they avoid defeat against China in Adelaide.
After edging Haiti 1-0 in their tournament opener, England followed up with victory by the same scoreline against Denmark last time out thanks to a stunning sixth-minute strike from Lauren James.
That leaves England top of their section and in pole position to make the knockout phase, whereas China need to win to keep alive their slim hopes of progressing instead of Denmark and Haiti.
|What||China Women v England Women|
|Where||Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Australia|
|When||12:00pm, Tuesday 1st August 2023|
|How to watch||ITV1|
|Odds||China Women 13/2, Draw 10/3, England Women 9/20|
England have set the bar so high under Sarina Wiegman that there are some corners of their fanbase disappointed with their winning start to the Women's World Cup.
Neither performance was particularly breathtaking but England got over the line in both matches nonetheless, and looked a touch better against the Danes last time out, winning the shot count 13-6 and seeing 71% of the ball.
James came into the attack last time out and improved things for Wiegman's side, who can again be expected to put in a disciplined performance against the Chinese.
China themselves have scored only once at this Women's World Cup, with that goal coming from the spot against Haiti, and they will be without creative midfielder Zhang Rui who is suspended for this contest.
Following England's opening two games at the Women's World Cup, a low-scoring contest is expected on Tuesday and England, who have still lost only one match under Wiegman, can record a win to nil.
Goals have been at a premium in Group D at the Women's World Cup, with only four scored across the first two matchdays and this clash could follow suit.
England have played pretty conservatively in their first two matches, and given they are still not mathematically guaranteed to progress to the knockout stage, they may play with caution once again in this match.
China, meanwhile, are yet to score in open play.
For those who do not want to settle on a result in this contest, under 2.5 goals could be another way to play it, with that bet having clicked in both teams' opening pair of matches.
It was not all good news for England in their 1-0 win over Denmark as key midfielder Keira Walsh was taken off injured with a knee injury, leaving the Lionesses light in midfield.
A subsequent scan revealed it was not an ACL injury but England will still be without Walsh for this contest, meaning Georgia Stanway, one of their more creative midfielders, may need to drop deeper.
If Stanway does play deeper in this tie, that enhances the appeal of backing her to be booked.
Stanway made four fouls in England's first match against Haiti, receiving a yellow card as a result, and she also went into the book in the Euro 2022 final last year.