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Stuart Dalgleish 8th Jul 2011 - 14:32

Three Lionesses backed to beat France!

England's Women progressed through to the quarter-final of the World Cup and bookmakers, William Hill, make them 9/5 to defeat France in the next round.

Les Bleus are 6/5 slight favourites but despite this, Hope Powell's recruits have been well backed by punters with over 60% of all bets being staked on them to win.

Should the game go beyond the 90 minutes, Hills are offering 12/1 that England win in extra time and 11/1 they win on penalties.

England are relative outsiders to go on and win the competition, offered at 20/1, quite a way behind favourites, Germany, at 5/6 and Brazil at 7/2.

The Three Lionesses are 8/13 to be knocked out at the quarter-final stage and 6/5 to qualify for the semis.

"England were very much improved against Japan while the French side are coming into the game on the back of a heavy defeat to Germany and our punters are backing them to come good," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.

England's Kelly Smith came into the tournament as the Golden Girl of the team, however, she has failed to find the net once during the tournament and has been backed by Hill's punters NOT to score during the remaining games.

Originally offered at 8/11 not to do so, she has been backed into 4/6, but she is 11/10 to get off the mark.

Outright: 5/6 Germany; 7/2 Brazil; 13/2 USA; 14/1 Sweden; 16/1 France; 20/1 Japan; 20/1 England; 50/1 Australia

Stage of Elimination: 8/13 Quarter Final; 5/2 Semi Final; 9/2 Runner Up; 20/1 Winner

England v France (qualification): 6/5 England; 8/13 France

To win in extra time: 12/1 England; 11/1 France

To win on penalties: 11/1 England; 10/1 France

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