PREVIEW: Japan v Norway – FIFA Women’s World Cup Team News, Predicted Lineups and Where to Watch

Japan will face a Norwegian side that has struggled thus far at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the Nadeshiko sure to feel confident of their progression given the Grasshoppene’s poor form. Japan topped their group following a resounding win over Spain, ensuring they’d face the second-placed team in Group A.

Futoshi Ikeda’s Japanese side certainly look like a team capable of seriously challenging for the trophy come August 20, with impressive defensive performances ensuring they’re yet to concede at the tournament. Combine that with an incredibly efficient attacking presence, and the Nadeshiko look almost unbeatable.

Japan opened their campaign with a five-goal demolition of Zambia, before putting two past a less-than-impressive Costa Rican side. They then thrashed their Spanish counterparts by a clear four-goal margin, ensuring they would progress as the winners of Group C.

Norway’s tournament commenced in the worst possible fashion, as they were defeated by New Zealand in the opening match of the tournament at Auckland’s Eden Park. They were then held to a goalless draw by Switzerland, before cruising to a six-goal victory against the Philippines.

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Team news

Futoshi Ikeda is likely to recall Yui Hasegawa and Minami Tanaka to his starting lineup, after resting the duo against Spain.

Norway are likely to name an unchanged lineup after recording their first win of the tournament last time out.

Predicted lineups

Japan: Yamashita; Takahashi, Kumagai, Minami; Shimizu, Hayashi, Hasegawa, Endo; Miyazawa, Naomoto, Tanaka

Norway: Mikalsen; Bjelde, Mjelde, Harviken, Hansen; Maanum, Bøe Risa, Reiten; Hansen, Haavi, Haug

Where can I watch?

Kick-off in Wellington is scheduled for 09:00am on Saturday, 5th August 2023. The match will be broadcast live on ITV1 and ITVx. If you’re unable to watch the match, fear not – we’ll have a detailed match report published within minutes of the final whistle.