Great Britain and Australia continued their solid performances at the women’s Olympic football tournament to cap off the group stage. Great Britain came from behind to draw with Canada 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes. The draw allowed Hege Riise’s team to top Group E with seven points from nine possible.

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Australia, on the other hand, qualified as one of the tournament’s two best third-place teams. The Aussies drew their final group stage game with the mighty United States, nil-nil. It was a brilliant result for the Australian team allowing them to take four points from nine on offer in the group. Due to a better goal difference, the United States finished second in Group G.

Great Britain go into the quarterfinal showdown with Australia on the back of four straight matches without a loss. Riise’s team claimed a pre-tournament friendly win over New Zealand 3-0. Then, Team GB defeated Chile 2-0 and Japan 1-0. Canada were the first team this summer to breach the team’s defence. The game also saw Great Britain get a goal from someone other than Ellen White. Caroline Weir’s second half goal gave the team a share of the spoils.

Australia have had a torrid 2021. They have won a mere one game in eight tries this year. Their only victory came against New Zealand on matchday 1 of the Olympics. They go into Friday’s quarterfinal as the underdogs.

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Great Britain are heavy betting favourites according to leading sportsbooks. Team GB are at betting odds of 4/5 to win the quarterfinal match versus the Aussies and move onto the final four. Riise’s team is one of the strongest at the tournament and made up almost entirely of the England women’s national team. England’s national team has been close to winning silverware in recent years. With the United States cracking at the seams, it could be time for Great Britain to win a gold at the Olympics.

 

Australia are not in great form. Yes, they claimed four points from nine in the group stage, but this team has won just once in eight games this year. Their nil-nil draw against the Yanks was more down to the Americans struggling this summer. The rest of the world of women’s football is catching up with the United States.

The Matildas are heavy underdogs according to leading sportsbooks. Australia’s best betting odds are set at 10/3. The Aussies have scored four goals in three games at the Olympics, which shows they can score goals. The teams’ best betting odds to draw at the end of 90 minutes are 5/2.

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Ellen White has been nearly unstoppable at this summer’s Olympics. The Great Britain forward has three goals in three games. The team’s 1-1 draw with Canada was the first match in which White did not score a goal. Caroline Weir stepped up and bagged a goal versus Canada on matchday 3 of the group stage to send England through. Weir could start against Australia as could Fran Kirby, both came off the bench.

Riise has no reason to make drastic changes to her starting XI, however. She can continue with the same starting XI as long as fatigue does not creep into the side. The team has two days off to rest and recover before the quarterfinal on Friday.

Australia are led by striker Samantha Kerr. The Chelsea forward has scored three goals in three games at the tournament. Kerr was unable to get on the scoresheet versus Team USA, but the team got a morale-boosting draw. Kerr knows many of the Great Britain players from playing with Chelsea. She has competed against those defenders before. It could help her in a quest for goals on Friday.

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Great Britain and Australia will meet for the first time this year when they play on Friday. Team GB only comes together for the Olympic games, therefore, games between the two teams have been few and far between. Australia have won just once this year in eight games. That victory came against New Zealand in the first game of the group stage at the Olympics.

The Matildas are major underdogs and our prediction is Great Britain should play well in the quarterfinals against them. Of course, once the knockout rounds begin, form can go out the window.

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Great Britain have kept two clean sheets in three games at the Olympics thus far. Riise’s side should keep things tidy at the back against an Australian team that was held scoreless against the United States. In eight games played in 2021, Australia have failed to score in four games.

 

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Ellen White has three goals in three games at the Olympics. She has made Team GB’s attack tick throughout the games. White is in great form and will be the focus of Great Britain’s offence. She will have goalscoring opportunities and could get on the scoresheet once more in the quarterfinals. Australia’s defence has conceded five goals at the games thus far in three games.

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Australia are coming off of a nil-nil draw with the United States. Yes, the Matildas played well to hold the Yanks, but the Americans are struggling at the Olympics for the second straight Summer Games. All three of Team GB’s games at the Olympics have finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Friday’s quarterfinal match should finish with under 2.5 goals between these teams.

 

In the end, Great Britain should qualify for the semifinals with a win against Australia on Friday. The winner of Friday’s quarterfinal versus Great Britain and Australia will face either Sweden or Japan on 2 August in Yokohama. On paper, Great Britain should face off with Sweden in a massive last four fixture.