Women's World Cup Schedule 2015: TV, Live Stream Info and Semi-Final Odds

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2015

VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 27: Fara Williams #4 of England celebrates team mate Lucy Bronze's #12 (not pictured) goal against Canada with teammates during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Quarter Final match between the England and Canada June, 27, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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After the USA beat Germany in the first semi-final of the 2015 Women's World Cup, it's down to England and Japan to fight it out for the remaining place in the final.

Defending champions Japan have performed to expectation at the tournament so far, beating Australia in the quarter-finals to earn their place in the final four.

England's form in the last two matches has been one of the surprises of the tournament, having never previously won a World Cup knockout game.

Wednesday's clash is sure to be an intriguing matchup, so here's all the information you need to ensure you catch all the drama as well as the latest odds for both teams to advance to the final, courtesy of Oddschecker.

Date: Wednesday, July 1

Time: 7 p.m. ET/12 a.m. BST

TV: Fox Sports 1, BBC One

Live Stream: BBC iPlayerFox Soccer 2Go and Fox Sports Go

Latest Odds: Japan 21-20, England 3-1

As you can see from the latest odds, Japan are the favourites to progress and set up a rematch of the 2011 final with the USA.

As the more experienced of the two sides at this stage in the competition, their status as favourites is understandable.

Mana Iwabuchi's late strike sealed a deserved win for Japan.
Mana Iwabuchi's late strike sealed a deserved win for Japan.Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

The Nadeshiko have won every game at the tournament, conceding just two goals in that time.

As ESPN's Paul Carr notes, despite their success, Japan have not put any team to the sword:

However, that also illustrates their strong defensive capabilities, decisive finishing and ability to control games. Japan haven't exerted energy tearing teams apart because they haven't needed to. When they go ahead, they tend to stay ahead. 

Mana Iwabuchi scored Japan's late winner against Australia (see below), and manager Norio Sasaki has identified her as a threat. He could use her to devastating effect from the bench in the semi-final.

Per Louise Taylor of the Guardian, he said: "She is a killer player. She has very good ability to create opportunities in front of goal. When she was preparing to come on against the tired Australian players I told her she was going to decide it."

After two historic wins over Norway and Canada, though, the latter in front of more than 54,000 fans, the Lionesses should fear no one.

Bronze has enjoyed an excellent World Cup.
Bronze has enjoyed an excellent World Cup.Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports

Two early goals from Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze put England ahead against Canada. While Christine Sinclair's reply ensured a tense second half with more than a few clearances from England's back line going straight back to the hosts for another push, Mark Sampson's side held on for a memorable win.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty was impressed with the way England handled the game:

Thanks to the likes of Taylor and Karen Carney up front, along with goalscoring defenders Bronze and Steph Houghton, England are capable of scoring against Japan's strong defence.

However, the Three Lionesses have not kept a single clean sheet at the tournament, and Japan's clinical finishing can punish the defensive and goalkeeping errors England make.

Along with their experience and superior technical ability, this game looks set to be one match too far for England.

The Three Lionesses are a resilient side and can test Japan, but a USA-Japan rematch seems the most likely scenario in the final. 


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