England face Norway at the Amex Stadium on Monday evening, in one of the most hotly anticipated fixtures of the Euro 2022 group stages.
The Lionesses remain one of the tournament favourites, despite struggling to kill off Austria on matchday one, while Norway boast a selection of the finest attacking players in world football, giving the fixture all the ingredients for an intriguing encounter.
Monday night’s winner will likely top the group and avoid the winner of the group of death (C) in the quarter-finals, meaning victory will be crucial to both side’s hopes of reaching the Wembley final.
When is kick-off? Monday 11 July, 20:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Amex Stadium, Brighton
TV channel/live stream? BBC One (UK)
What time does coverage start? 19:35 (BST)
England will be without Lotte Wubben-Moy, who is currently away from the squad after testing positive for Covid-19. The Lionesses otherwise have 22 available players in their squad.
Sarina Wiegman could revert to a more defensive side compared to the one selected for the opening game against Austria, potentially seeing the return of Alex Greenwood at centre-back, and captain Leah Williamson moved forward into midfield.
Norway impressed in their opening group victory over Northern Ireland, and could remain unchanged on Monday. There were five WSL representative in their starting XI last time out, while talismanic striker Ada Hegerberg joked at full time that she was saving her goals for England after drawing a blank against Northern Ireland.
England (4-3-3): Earps; Bronze, Bright, Greenwood, Stokes; Walsh, Williamson, Stanway; Mead, White, Hemp.
Norway (4-3-3): Pettersen; Sonstevold, Mjelde, Thorisdottir, Blakstad; Maanum, Engen, Graham Hansen; Eikeland, Hegeberg, Reiten.
Monday evening’s encounter promises to be an exciting, attacking game, and much less cagey than England’s opening group match against Austria, given the wealth of forward talent on display for both sides.
England and Norway each boast particular strength out wide, and a game winning moment could come from the plethora of world class wingers on display. An end to end encounter but ultimately nothing to separate the two sides appears a likely outcome.
Prediction: England 2-2 Norway