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The Euro 2022 quarter-finals get underway on Wednesday evening as England take on Spain at the Amex Stadium.

After a nervy performance against Austria in their opening match, the Lionesses then blew away Norway and Northern Ireland to top Group A and book a place in the knockout stages, scoring a record breaking 14 goals in the process.

They face a Spain side who have averaged 74% possession at the Euros so far, but are yet to quite live up to their billing as pre-tournament favourites after seeing Alexia Putellas and Jenni Hermoso struck down with injury in the build up to the championship.

When is kickoff? Wednesday 20 July, 20:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Amex Stadium, Brighton
TV channel/livestream? BBC One (UK)
What time does coverage start? 19:30 (BST)

England will be without Hannah Hampton, who has tested positive for Covid-19 – although the Aston Villa goalkeeper was unlikely to feature, with Mary Earps the Lionesses’ current number one.

Sarina Wiegman confirmed that she otherwise has everyone else available, meaning Demi Stokes is in contention once more having missed the Northern Ireland victory due to a minor knee injury. The boss has hinted that major changes to her team are unlikely unless necessary.

No Spanish players are suspended for Wednesday’s clash, but Leila Ouahabi and Irene Paredes both picked up a booking during the group stages, and will sit out the semi-finals if La Roja get there should receive a yellow card against England.

Jorge Vilda has shuffled his forward line in each of Spain’s opening three group matches, as he attempts to find the cutting edge to compliment his side’s possessional dominance. Marta Cardona came off the bench to net Spain’s solitary goal against Denmark – will she be rewarded with a start against England?

England (4-3-3): Earps; Bronze, Bright, Williamson, Daly; Walsh, Stanway, Kirby; Mead, White, Hemp.

Spain (4-3-3): Paños; Batlle, Paredes, León, Ouahabi; Bonmatí, Guerrero, Guijarro; Caldentey, González, Cardona.

Wednesday evening’s encounter promises to be a fascinating match up – the pre-tournament favourites up against the Euro 2022 hosts and form team.

The game will likely see England without the ball for large periods for the first time this tournament, but the tenacity of Georgia Stanway and the composure of Keira Walsh could ensure the Lionesses disrupt the Spanish flow and make the most of the possession they do have.

Although Spain will dominate the ball, their lack of ruthlessness in the final third could prove telling, and England could capitalise and record a narrow victory.

Prediction: England 1-0 Spain


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