Canada and the Netherlands face off in a shootout for top spot in Group E at the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Thursday.
Both sides have taken six points from their opening two games against New Zealand and Cameroon at France 2019, with the Dutch currently topping the group on goals scored.
Reims’ Stade Auguste-Delaune will play host to the clash between two of the world’s top-10 sides.
Date: Thursday, June 20
Time: 6 p.m. local, 5 p.m. BST, midday ET
TV Info: Fox Network (U.S.)
Match Odds (viaOddschecker): Netherlands 17-10, Draw 12-5, Canada 17-10
Canada and the Netherlands are already through to the knockout rounds, and both will end up in what looks to be the more favourable half of the knockout bracket, without hosts France or the United States.
However, the two sides will be eager to claim victory on Thursday and take winning momentum into the last 16.
Neither side made a fast start to the tournament. Canada could only earn a 1-0 win against No. 46-ranked Cameroon, a nd the Dutch needed a stoppage-time winner from Jill Roord to get the same result against a dogged New Zealand outfit.
The Dutch were not perfect in their second match, against Cameroon, but they did manage a more convincing 3-1 win, and Vivianne Miedema opened her account with a fine double:
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Canada, meanwhile, beat New Zealand 2-0 after second-half strikes from Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince.
Christine Sinclair has yet to open her 2019 World Cup account, although she has gone close in both of Canada’s matches.
The 36-year-old forward is just three goals from tying Abby Wambach’s world-record 184 international goals. She was on the scoresheet the last time Canada faced the Netherlands in a 2-1 friendly victory in April 2016.
Sinclair will likely cause the Dutch problems again on Thursday as she looks to get going at France 2019.
With attacking talent in abundance on both sides, the clash in Reims should be a fine spectacle on the last day of group-stage action.