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·1 December 2023

What do the Lionesses need to do for Team GB to qualify for the Olympics?

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Scotland host England at Hampden in a Women’s Nations League clash and with Team GB’s Olympics hopes on the line.

England are the nominated nation for Olympic qualification and the Lionesses go into the final round of fixtures level on points with leaders Netherlands, following their sensational second-half comeback against the Dutch at Wembley on Friday.


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Scotland, who were relegated from Nations League Group A1 despite their 1-1 draw at Beligum, were beaten by England in the reverse fixture and will be playing for pride in Glasgow.

The twist, however, is that Scotland taking points off England would dent Team GB’s Olympics hopes.

The Lionesses will likely need to secure a big win at Hampden to overturn the Netherlands on goal difference, unless the Dutch drop points against Belgium. Here’s everything you need to know, and click here for the latest match odds.

How can England finish top of Group A1?

After five games played, England and the Netherlands are level on nine points: with three wins and two defeats. The teams have identical head-to-head records after the Netherlands won 2-1 in their home fixture and England won 3-2 at Wembley.

Therefore, the Netherlands have the advantage because of their greater goal difference across the group. The Netherlands have scored 10 goals and conceded six, giving the Dutch a goal difference of +4, while England have scored nine and conceded eight, giving the Lionesses a goal difference of +1.

Ahead of their final fixtures, England need to win by at least three goals more than the Netherlands, if both sides win, otherwise they will qualify if the Dutch draw against Belgium and the Lionesses beat Scotland.

If Belgium beat the Netherlands, then England must also win to ensure they top Group A1.

What would the Lionesses then need to do to qualify for the Olympics?

England must reach the Nations League final to be sure of their place at the Olympics next summer, as the nominated side for Team GB. England will go through to the semi-finals if they top Group A1.

Both Nations League finalists will qualify for the Paris Games - unless one of those teams is France, who qualify automatically.

If France reach the Nations final, the automatic qualification spot will go to the winner of the third place playoff in the Nations League finals.

France and Spain have booked their place in the semi-finals, while Germany and Denmark are battling out for the final spot in Group A3.

When is Scotland vs England?

The match will kick off at 7:45pm GMT on Tuesday 5 December at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

How can I watch it?

Scotland vs England will be shown live on BBC One and BBC One Scotland, with coverage kicking off at 7:30pm.

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Confirmed line-ups

Scotland XI: Gibson; Corsie, Clark, Mukandi, Docherty; McLaughlan, Kerr, Cuthbert; Evans, Hanson, Emslie.

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