By News Team
28th July 2022
Sunday afternoon sees one of the greatest rivalries in football takes place on the biggest stage in front of almost 90,000 fans, as England face Germany at Wembley in the final of the Women’s Euros.
The Lionesses will have thousands behind them in the stadium and millions supporting from their homes. While the Germans don’t have the backing of the home crowd their experience in finals will certainly go a long way.
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England in dreamland
With an entire nation behind them the Lionesses have reached their first final since 2009 where they lost the Euros to Sunday’s opponents, Germany. England come into this tournament as a much better, more confident and well-drilled side with coach Sarina Wiegman no stranger to silverware having won the last Euros as manager of The Netherlands.
The Lionesses have never been more confident going into the final, and with millions of new fans the momentum they have gathered sees them head in to the final as 8/11 favourites to take home the trophy. England famously don’t favour taking penalties against Germany and the Lionesses are 10/1 to win in a shootout. They will hope to have the win wrapped up without having to go to spot kicks however, so a win in normal time (7/5) would be the ideal outcome.
Arsenal’s Beth Mead has been England’s stand out player so far as she has bagged six goals and registered four assists in five matches which puts her top of the Golden Boot race. The skillful, direct wide forward is 23/10 to score anytime and 6/1 to open the scoring in the final.
The Lionesses’ record goal scorer, Ellen White, has started every match and has found the back of the net twice so far. She is the favourite to score for England at any time at 19/10. Both of her goals came against Norway and she is 14/1 to repeat that feat and score two or more in the final.
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Germany out to spoil the party
The Germans will enter a hostile environment at 16:30 on Sunday as they step foot onto the Wembley pitch in front of tens of thousands of England fans. The visitors have experience on their side though and their trophy cabinet, which consists of eight European Championship titles, would suggest they have what it takes to win a final.
Despite these accolades the buzz around Women’s football in England at the moment will make Wembley a very tough place for Germany to play and at Evens they are marginally the underdogs to lift the trophy.
Germany are yet to go to extra time in this tournament but England’s ability to bag early goals and put games to bed means that Germany are 2/1 underdogs to win the match in 90 minutes.
Alexandra Popp joins England’s Beth Mead at the top of the Golden Boot race with six goals. The Wolfsburg and Germany striker averages a goal every 60 minutes at this year’s competition and after netting twice against France in the semis is the 15/8 favourite to score for Germany at any time.
Bayern Munich midfielder Lina Magull is the only other German to have scored multiple goals at the tournament finding the back of the net twice in four games and she’ll be hoping to arrive in the box at the right time once again. At 3/1 to score at any time she has every chance of putting herself on the scoresheet in the final.