Following Matchday 2 in the FIFA WWC Group 2, the British teams have opposite fortunes with qualification for one and struggles for the other.
England defeated a stubborn Argentina 1-0 thanks to former Gunner Jodie Taylor’s goal assisted by the CROT queen Beth Mead. They are through to the second round with six points.
It is job done for Phil Neville and his Lionesses and he should now look forward to the Japan game with group winners a strong possibility.
I would expect to see many changes for this final group game. Squad rotation is key to keep the players fresh enough for the knock-out stage and also help with match fitness for all the players that have not started a game yet.
Scotland lost to former World Champions Japan 2-1 with a late goal from Lana Clelland. They are bottom of the table with 0 points and a -2 goal difference.
They still have a qualifying chance, though, as the best four third-placed teams out of six groups go through. They need to win against Argentina and then get their goal difference as high as possible.
It is widely expected that the third-placed teams will get three or four points and therefore it will go to the goal difference criteria.
Argentina have only conceded one goal against top sides like England and Japan, playing a deep lyingdefensive block, so Scotland will have to do all the work and might only get a single goal win.
Shelley Kerr’s willingness to have an attacking team rather than one that parks the bus will certainly help in the Argentina game where they will have a lot of the ball