After thrashing Norway 8-0, England Women will be looking to complete the Women’s Euro 2022 group stage with maximum points as they target a win over Northern Ireland Women on Friday.
While England are guaranteed to finish as group winners, Northern Ireland have already been eliminated from the tournament ahead of the contest at St Mary’s.
Northern Ireland have struggled in their first major tournament appearance, with their two group games both resulting in defeats.
Norway cruised to a 4-1 victory in their opening contest before they lost 2-0 to Austria on Monday, confirming their early elimination from the European Championships.
Austria opened the scoring in the 19th minute through Katharina Schiechtl, but Northern Ireland kept themselves in the contest before Katharina Naschenweng struck two minutes from time to quash any hopes of the Green and White Army picking up a point.
Although they are already eliminated, Northern Ireland will be motivated to collect their first-ever point at a major tournament on Friday.
However, after losing their last three matches against England by a combined 15-0 scoreline, hopes of picking up a positive result may be slim.
Meanwhile, England have already secured their place in the quarter-finals as group winners after beginning their European Championship campaign with two victories.
The 1-0 win over Austria to open the tournament may have not been convincing, but their performance against Norway certainly was.
Georgia Stanway opened the scoring against Norway after dispatching her spot kick in the 12th minute, while Lauren Hemp found the net three minutes later before Ellen White and Beth Mead grabbed two goals apiece, giving England a six-goal lead at half time.
Substitute Alessia Russo made it seven before Mead completed her hat-trick and the 8-0 win, which saw the Lionesses break their own record for the biggest win at the UEFA Women’s European Championships.
After making history, Sarina Wiegman will challenge her side to extend their winning run to nine matches ahead of the knockout stages.
Northern Ireland Women Women’s European Championship form:
Northern Ireland Women form (all competitions):
England Women Women’s European Championship form:
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We say: Northern Ireland Women 0-5 England Women
Even if Wiegman decides to make several changes to her side, we still expect England to cruise to victory against a Northern Ireland side that have struggled in their first major tournament appearance.