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QPR Women’s star Samantha Miller gives us her predictions for the Women’s World Cup

"I think this could be the year where England make it to the final!"

Ahead of the Women’s World Cup, we’ve asked QPR Women’s star Samantha Miller to cast her expert eye over the tournament and give us her predictions for this summer’s action.

Samantha has entered her predictions using our Women’s World Cup predictor game – and you can do the same.

Simply predict a winner and runner up from each group and continue your predictions all the way to the World Cup final.

There’s ยฃ10,000 up for grabs – enter your predictions here!

Crystal ball at the ready

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Crystal ball at the ready

Group stages

Group A

Winner: France

Runner up: Norway

A natural born winner

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A natural born winner

France will benefit from home advantage and also that a number of their stars play their club football for the reigning Champions League winners Lyon.

Kadidiatou Diani and Eugenie Le Sommer have been impressive all season and are definitely two players to look out for this summer.

Norway will be without their star player Ada Hegerberg this summer after her boycott from the tournament.

Chelsea midfielder Maren Mjelde could be the one to step up in Hegerberg’s absence and has a reputation as a set-piece specialist.

You have to go all the way back to 1995 for the last time Norway won the World Cup, and without Hegerberg they could struggle in another major tournament.

Group B

Winner: Germany

Runner up: Spain

Tournament pedigree

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Tournament pedigree

Germany are favourites to top their group with Dzsenifer Marozsan, another Champions League winner at Lyon, set to run the show for them.

Having watched Spain play England in a recent friendly, I was impressed with their vision and the way they moved the ball.

If Spain can be clinical in front of goal, they could finish the group in 2nd place behind Germany.

Group C

Winner: Australia

Runner up: Brazil

Group C features the legendary Marta

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Group C features the legendary Marta

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Australia have been labelled the dark horses of the tournament and should have no trouble topping their group with talent such as Sam Kerr.

I feel Brazil will also progress with the class of Marta – I still remember the way she paved through the USA defence to score in the World Cup in 2007 as they reached the final.

Marta’s unrivalled experience and skill should help the team reach the later stages this summer.

Group D

Winner: England

Runner up: Scotland

Lionesses

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Lionesses

I think this could be the year where England make it all the way to the final.

Phil Neville has instilled a winning mentality into the squad and has a host of in-form players at his disposal – Lucy Bronze and Fran Kirby two in particular who continue to impress me.

I think Scotland are a team that have been underrated in the buildup to the tournament.

Although they struggled at the Euros in 2017, they have a fantastic manager in Shelley Kerr and a bundle of talent including Erin Cuthbert, Chloe Arthur and Lisa Evans.

If Scotland play with their togetherness, then they have a chance of achieving a top-two finish.

Group E

Winner: Canada

Runners up: Netherlands

Vivianne Miedema knows where the goal is

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Vivianne Miedema knows where the goal is

Canada should progress as winners from their group with plenty of tournament experience throughout their squad.

Netherlands are entering only their second Women’s World Cup, but after winning the Euros on home soil in 2017, I think they have to be considered as real contenders.

The spine of their team won the Women’s Super League with Arsenal this season and with Vivianne Miedema leading the line, goals definitely wonโ€™t be a problem.

Group F

Winner: United States

Runner up: Sweden

Alex Morgan is the poster girl of women’s football

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Alex Morgan is the poster girl of women’s football

United States will likely top the group considering their immense pedigree in World Cups.

They are very much the team to beat, with players like Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath set to shine knowing how to perform when it counts.

Sweden are my tip to finish in 2nd place, with the star quality of Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jacobsson in their side.


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I think Germany, England, France and USA will make it through to the semi-finals, with the Lionesses reaching the final where they will meet the hosts.

Of course I’ve got to back England and Neville to bring it home! I’m going with the Lionesses to beat France in the final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Samantha will be on the ground for Dream Team at the Women’s World Cup – follow her on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news from the tournament!ย 


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