England vs Argentina, Women's World Cup 2019: What time does the match start today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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Phil Neville puts his England players through their paces in training - REX

What is it?

England's second Group D match of the 2019 Women's World Cup in France. Phil Neville's side won their opening game against Scotland, 2-1.

England's clash with Argentina is in Le Havre and sees them take on a side ranked 37th in the world.

To put that into context, Argentina are ranked three places below Thailand, who were thrashed 13-0 by defending champions United States on Tuesday, the biggest win in the history of the tournament.

However, the South Americans held 2015 runners-up Japan to a 0-0 draw in their opener on Monday, securing their first ever point at a finals in their third campaign.

When is it?

Today - Friday, June 14.

What time is kick-off?

8pm BST tonight.

What TV channel is it on?

BBC 1 from 7.30pm tonight.

What are the current Group D standings?

What is the team news?

Forward Toni Duggan, who sat out the Scotland game with a thigh issue, did individual work as England trained in front of the media on Wednesday afternoon.

All other players were fully involved, including Fran Kirby, Millie Bright and Demi Stokes.

Sunday's contest against the Scots had seen Kirby take a kick to the knee and Bright forced off by a shoulder injury, while Stokes has been recovering from a knee problem.

What are they saying?

Karen Bardsley has stressed there is no danger of England underestimating Argentina:

"I think everyone in this tournament is here on merit and we definitely do not underestimate any team.

"I think we're very much prepared for anything that could happen. We have to treat it as if we are going to play a top nation. We have to be extremely respectful of what could potentially happen.

"They have a striker who used to play for Lyon (Sole Jaimes). By far, we can't underestimate these players.

"There's no doubt they are a good team, especially when you can keep a team like Japan at 0-0."

Bardsley on whether the USA-Thailand game had been a good or bad advert for women's football: 

"I think in terms of the ruthlessness, fair play. You want to score goals, everyone wants to score in a World Cup. I'm not going to knock them for doing that.

"I do think that the two teams that played, there's just a massive disparity between the two.

"You have to look at where Thailand are in their development, at their history and where they are in terms of how long people have been playing - are they professional, how many players are playing abroad?

"And you look at the US team and how long they have been playing professionally and their history. There's no way there can be parity between the two.

"In terms of ruthlessness, I wouldn't expect anything less from the US, just to bang in goals.

"And, if anything, if I'm going to be honest it's probably a good thing that it happened because now we understand there needs to be an improvement here, or perhaps the Thai federation will invest a bit more to grow the team. That's the way I choose to look at it, as an opportunity to do better."

What are the odds?

  • England to win 1/10
  • Draw 10/1
  • Argentina to win 40/1

What's our prediction?

Argentina will defend for their lives and make life difficult for England. It will be up to the Lionesses to find a way to break their opponents down. If England can score early, Argentina will have to push players forward and it could be a comfortable victory for Neville's side. If England don't score early and settle the nerves, things could get twitchy. Predicted score: England 3 Argentina 0