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Portugal Women vs England Women: TV channel, free stream, kick-off time, odds & Euro 2017 match preview

Mark Sampson's Lionesses have scored eight goals in two games so far and will be determined to cement their place in the quarter-finals

England will be aiming to book their place in the quarter-finals of UEFA Women's Euro 2017 when they take on Portugal in Tilburg on Thursday.

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Having already beaten Scotland and Spain, the Lionesses currently lead Group D on six points, while Portugal have just three points after following their opening defeat against Spain with a hard-earned win over Scotland.

The Portuguese need to win by at least three goals if they are to have a chance of qualifying for the next phase, but England will progress as long as they avoid a three-goal defeat, with either France or Austria waiting in the knock-out stage.

Game Portugal vs England
Date Thursday, July 27
Time 19:45 BST

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM

In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Channel 4 and Eurosport 2 and by stream via channel4.com and Eurosport Player.

UK TV channel Online stream
Channel 4 / British Eurosport channel4.com / Eurosport Player

In the US, the match will not be available to watch live on television but can be streamed online at ESPN3 on WatchESPN.

US TV channel Online stream
None ESPN3

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS

Position Portugal players
Goalkeepers Marreiros, Morais, R. Costa
Defenders M. Mendes, Infante, C. Costa, D. Gomes, Rebelo, Fidalgo
Midfielders Neto, Luis, Leite, T. Pinto, F. Pinto, Dolores Silva, A. Da Costa, Antunes
Forwards Norton, Borges, Diana Silva, Marques, C. Mendes, Pires

Ana Leite came off the bench to score the crucial winning goal against Scotland and could find herself starting against England having made such a strong impact.

Captain Claudio Neto is Portugal's key player and should take up a central role in midfield, while Carolina Mendes is expected to the lead the forward line once more.

Potential starting XI: Morais; Rebelo, Borges, Dolores Silva, C. Costa; T. Pinto, Marques, Da Costa, Neto, Leite; C. Mendes

Position England players
Goalkeepers Bardsley, Chamberlain, Telford
Defenders Bronze, Stokes, Houghton, Potter, Stoney, Bassett, Greenwood, Alex Scott
Midfielders Jill Scott, Nobbs, Christiansen, Williams, Moore, Carney, Bright
Forwards Taylor, Parris, White, Duggan, Kirby

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England boss Mark Sampson will probably use the game against Portugal to rotate some of his squad and there is a chance that Manchester City's Toni Duggan will start, having come on from the bench in the previous two games.

Jodie Taylor scored a hat-trick against Scotland and added another to her tally against Spain, so the Arsenal striker will be keen to play a part as she chases the Golden Boot accolade.

Millie Bright and Steph Houghton have formed a formidable partnership in the heart of defence, keeping two clean sheets, so they should continue to lead the backline.

Potential starting XI: Bardsley; Bronze, Stokes, Bright, Houghton; J. Scott, Moore, Nobbs, Kirby, Duggan; Taylor

BETTING & GAME ODDS

England are 2/9 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, while Portugal can be backed at 12/1 to triumph, with a draw available at 17/4.

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Portugal need to win by three goals if they are to progress and the odds on them winning 3-0 are a hefty 250/1.

GAME PREVIEW

England have been one of the most impressive teams at the tournament so far, scoring eight goals in two games, including a 6-0 thrashing of rivals Scotland on the opening day.

Taylor has been in sensational form for the Lionesses, scoring four goals so far, while Chelsea defender Bright has struck up a fine understanding with team captain Houghton at the back.

The English will be well aware that anything other than a three-goal defeat will see them through to the quarter-finals, but they are unlikely to take their foot off the pedal.

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Should they top Group D, France will be their opponents in the quarter-final, but they will play Austria if Spain manage to seal top spot.

The likes of Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands have already booked their place in the knock-out stage, meaning that elite opponents lie ahead regardless.

Either way, Sampson will want his players hungry heading into the final group game and will be urging them to show him why they deserve to be in his team.

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