Great Britain Women vs Australia Women Predictions

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  • Kashima Soccer Stadium
Great Britain Women
Australia Women
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Tip Reasoning



  • GB Women rotated their team for the final group game and got the draw they needed to finish top.
  • Australia Women finished third in their group after one win, one loss and one draw.
  • All three of GB Women’s group games featured less than three goals.
  • Only one of the seven knockout matches for women at Rio 2016 featured more than two goals.

British may need some luck in medal quest

Great Britain Women continue their medal quest when they face Australia Women in the Olympic Games quarter-finals on Friday morning.

Hege Riise’s side have made untroubled progress to this stage with victories over Chile and Japan before a much-changed line-up took on Canada needing just a draw to top the group.

The British team lacked fluidity and fell behind in the 55th minute before Riise made the changes needed to spark a comeback and earn a deserved draw.

The Matildas had a nervous wait to see if other results went their way after a 0-0 draw with USA left them third in their group.

But Tony Gustavsson’s team made it and will provide a real threat to Britain’s chances of matching their semi-final showing of nine years ago.

They were arguably the better team against the world champions and came closest to scoring when Mary Fowler’s header came back off the underside of the bar.

Gustavsson was able to set his team up perfectly against a side he used to coach, but won’t know the GB players as well as the States’ stars.

Under 2.5 goals will be our preferred bet for the contest as all three of the Brits’ games have featured less than three goals and three of the last five for the Matildas.

Riise’s team are not clicking fully, although they have the sort of resilience and self-belief that could take them all the way.

The knockout games in Rio five years ago were cagey and we half expect this to be such that one goal could be enough – although the pragmatic play is to back the draw.

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