When Canada Women and Ireland Women square off on Wednesday in Perth, both teams will be looking for their first victory of the Women’s World Cup 2023. Canada earned a point from their opening match against Nigeria, while the tournament co-hosts barely defeated the Republic of Ireland.
Canada vs Ireland
Despite being the favorites to win, the Canadians and Nigeria played out a scoreless draw in their opening match of the continent’s competition on Friday. Early in the second half, team captain Christine Sinclair had the finest opportunity to give the North Americans the lead, but she was unable to make Chiamaka Nnadozie in the opposing goal with her penalty shot. Despite having 14 shots, just two of which were on goal, the North American squad failed to score despite having a 68% ball possession advantage.
On the other hand, Ireland lost 1-0 on a second-half penalty kick against tournament co-hosts Australia when their group stage campaign got underway last Thursday at the ANZ Stadium. After managing just one shot on goal during the whole game, the Girls in Green may not have much to complain about.
The team of Vera Pauw is dead last in Group B with 0 points. This week, they’ll want to get past their most recent performance and get back to winning.
The CONCACAF runner-up will now have to put everything on the line to defeat Ireland, which fought well against Australia and is still in the running for second place in the group. Canada must put all of its effort into securing a significant victory and cannot afford to undervalue its adversary.
Canada is currently on a three-game losing streak and has only won one of their previous six games overall. They will be devastated to have lost their group opener last week and will be hoping against hope for a win on Wednesday.
Ireland has lost their last six games, and they are now on a streak of consecutive losses. The CONCACAF side should prevail in this match due to the enormous difference in class and talent between the two teams.
Nigeria’s defense proved to be very difficult for the Canadian team to penetrate, and Ireland’s defensive line appears to be considerably stronger and more reliable.
In their last six games, the Irish have scored just once, and in four of their last five international matches, they have gone down 1-0. Favorites Canada has won 11 of their last 13 games while maintaining a perfect record.
However, do not anticipate the European squad to play much offensively either. Ireland had one shot on goal against Australia, making it one of the teams with the fewest goals scored in the UEFA qualifiers.
Tip: Canada to Win / Under 2.5 Goals
Canada to win – ✅
Under 2.5 Goals – ❌
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