Matchday 2 Of The Euros Kicks Off Monday

Written By Antonio Maza on July 11, 2022

Two matches from Group A get underway in the 2022 Euros, including a clash of favorites in England against Norway. That match gets going at 3 p.m. EDT while Austria and Northern Ireland play an opener at noon EDT.

Bettors can watch the matches on ESPN in the United States and in Canada. DraftKings is among the legal Canadian and US sportsbooks to offer action on the matches.

Austria and Northern Ireland clash for crucial points

Austria and Northern Ireland have met twice in the past year in World Cup qualifiers. The Austrians are unbeaten in both meetings, winning at home and playing to a 2-2 draw away. DraftKings lists Austria as a comfortable favorite on its 3-way moneyline.

Austria has failed to score in its last three matches at the UEFA Women’s European Championship, however. Only Norway between 2013 and 2017 has ever failed to score in four consecutive matches in the competition.

Austria has conceded just two goals in its six Euro matches. As a matter of fact, its defeat at the feet of England its last time out was the first time they’ve trailed in a match in the competition.

Although Northern Ireland lost to Norway in its first match of this fixture, it became only the second nation to ship four goals in its first-ever match in the tournament.

Austria had 23 shots on target in its first three UEFA Women’s Euros matches – including 15 in one game against Iceland in 2017 – but has only managed five in its last three matches, failing to score in every game.

Northern Ireland allowed a total of 2.84 xG in shots faced in the first half of its match against Norway, conceding three times and facing nine shots on target. However, in the second half the Norwegians were restricted to two shots on target and just 0.75 xG from six shots.

England, Norway meet in historic match

Then, England and Norway clash in their first-ever meeting in the Euros. While DraftKings does have the host side as its favorite in this contest, the gap isn’t as large as it is for the earlier match.

England have won five of its last eight matches against Norway in all competitions although they lost its most recent meeting in a friendly in September 2019. Before this run, the Lionesses had lost 11 of their first 12 matches against Norway between 1981 and 2002.

England and Norway have faced three times before at a major tournament with all games coming in the World Cup. Norway won 2-0 in June 1995 on its way to winning the 1995 edition but England has won its most recent two such meetings.

England is unbeaten in all 15 matches under manager Sarina Wiegman, extending the longest unbeaten run in its history. Over this period, they have scored 85 goals while conceding only three in return.

England have won five of its last six matches at the Euros, as many as they’d won in its previous 21 games in the competition combined. England has actually won its last four group stage games at the Euros, twice as many as they’d won in its first 12 such games.

Norway is looking to win its opening two matches at a Euros tournament for the first time since 1993.

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