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Australia vs Republic of Eire

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The 2023 Ladies’s World Cup kicks off on Thursday 20 July, with New Zealand getting issues underway in opposition to Norway after which fellow co-hosts Australia rapidly following it up with their Group B opener in opposition to first-time qualifiers Republic of Eire.

It’s a big second for each nations.

Australia had been visited by nationwide sporting icon Cathy Freeman, 400m Olympic champion from the 2000 Video games in Sydney, within the build-up, to encourage them to glory. Eire, in the meantime, need to show that they aren’t simply there to make up the numbers.

Canada and Nigeria full a tricky Group B, so a powerful begin is important for any group looking for to make it into the knockout rounds.

Nation/Area

TV

United Kingdom

ITV1/ITVX

United States

FOX, fubo, Sling

Australia

Optus Sport

Canada

TSN

Eire

RTE2/RTE Participant

Center East/North Africa

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Australia and Eire have solely met as soon as earlier than and it was truly the latter who took a win. The September 2021 pleasant in Dublin was the Matildas’ first recreation since ending fourth on the Olympics, having misplaced narrowly to the US within the bronze medal match.

Eire took an early lead by way of Lucy Quinn, which was cancelled out by Mary Fowler not lengthy after. Denise O’Sullivan then re-established the Irish lead, earlier than Fowler equalised a second time in first half stoppage time. However Eire went forward for the third and closing time within the 3-2 win early within the second half when centre-back Louise Quinn discovered the web.

Skilled pair Kyah Simon and Tameka Yallop educated individually from the group on Wednesday and can miss out, which means coach Tony Gustavsson has 21 accessible gamers to select from.

Denise O’Sullivan was hospitalised with a shin damage on account of a nasty deal with within the behind closed doorways pleasant in opposition to Colombia that led to the sport being deserted. However the North Carolina Braveness ahead has since returned to coaching and has been handed match.

Captain Katie McCabe was again in coaching final week with out problem after beforehand struggling an ankle drawback within the warm-up recreation in opposition to France.

Eire ought to not be be underestimated and do posses a handful of top of the range gamers – the likes of the aforementioned McCabe and O’Sullivan. However that is Australia’s match and Australia’s recreation to lose, notably in entrance of a sell-out crowd in Sydney.

We noticed France willed on to a cushty victory by the house crowd over South Korea within the opening recreation 4 years in the past and this might be extra of the identical.

Prediction: Australia 4-1 Republic of Eire

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