Match Preview: England vs Wales

By SFC Media time Thu 05 Apr Womens and Girls
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Check out our in-depth match preview as St Mary's prepares to host England and Wales in their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier.

THE MATCH

England vs Wales
Friday 6th April, 7.00pm BST
St Mary’s
FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The Lionesses kicked off their qualification campaign in style with a 6-0 win over Russia in September, before wins over Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.

Having played a game more, Jayne Ludlow's Wales top Group 1, by virtue of a point, but England will leapfrog their Welsh counterparts with victory at St Mary's tomorrow evening.

At the midway point of proceedings, England are yet to concede, and have registered 15 goals in their favour, while performances at the recent SheBelieves Cup have meant Phil Neville's side have climbed to second in the FIFA rankings.

The Lionesses last played in Southampton in 2006, beating Hungary 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

TEAM NEWS

England: Leah Williamson and Jade Moore have been added to the England squad following the withdrawal of Chelsea defender Millie Bright (ankle) and Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott (back).

Uncapped Arsenal defender Williamson and Reading midfielder Moore were already due to train with the Lionesses at St. George’s Park, but were drafted into the competitive 23-player group this week.

Wales: Jayne Ludlow is able to name a full-strength squad for Wales’ toughest test yet. Captain Sophie Ingle will lead a squad that includes the experience of Jess Fishlock, Natasha Harding and Angharad James.

Meanwhile, midfielder Hayley Ladd is likely to return after missing out recently through injury.

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FORM GUIDE

England's previous three:

USA (n) L 1-0
Germany (n) D 2-2
France (n) W 4-1

Wales' previous three:

Austria (n) D 1-1
Switzerland (n) D 0-0
Italy (n) L 3-0

TOP PERFORMERS

Man City forward Nikita Parris tops the scoring charts for England's 2019 WCQ campaign with four goals, while Toni Duggan, Steph Houghton and Fran Kirby have all contributed two apiece.

Birmingham City Striker Ellen White notched a brace against Germany in the recent SheBelieves Cup, with plenty of attacking options available to Lionesses boss Neville.

Top scorers (WCQ): Parris (4), Duggan (2), Houghton (2), Kirby (2), Taylor (1), Bronze (1), Nobbs (1), Lawley (1), Christiansen (1).

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 1:  Sakina Karchaoui #22 of France and Nikita Parris #7 of England battle for control of the ball on March 1, 2018 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. England defeated France 4-1.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Nikita Parris competing in the SheBelieves Cup against France

Wales have managed comparatively fewer goals during their qualifying crusade, but are nonetheless unbeaten on the road to France 2019.

Two 1-0 wins over Kazakhstan and a victory by the same scoreline over Bosnia and Herzegovina put them in pole position to progress, but perhaps their strongest opposition lies in waiting at St Mary's on Friday night.

Top scorers (WCQ): Fishlock (1), Ladd (1), Green (1).

ADDITIONAL INFO

Due to UEFA regulations, there will be NO on-site sale of alcohol at St Mary's.

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