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How To Watch: Women's World Cup Quarterfinals

The final eight teams are ready to go for a chance at glory. Who will make it to the semi-finals?

Hope Solo is key to the World Cup aspirations of the United States
Hope Solo is key to the World Cup aspirations of the United States
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As the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup carries on towards its conclusion on July 5th, things are really starting to heat up in Canada.  Of the final eight teams, three of them have hoisted the silverware, but make no mistake: all of the remaining teams have a shot at this.

How To Watch--Germany vs France

Match Date/Time: Friday, June 26 at 2:00 PM MDT

Venue: Olympic Stadium--Montreal, Quebec

TV Information: Fox

How they got here:

Germany--Group Stage--WIN vs Ivory Coast 10-0, DRAW vs Norway 1-1, WIN vs Thailand 4-0.  Round of 16--WIN vs Sweden 4-1.

France--Group Stage--WIN vs England 1-0, LOSS vs Columbia 0-2, WIN vs Mexico 5-0.  Round of 16--WIN vs Korea Republic 3-0.

World Cup Titles: Germany--2003 and 2007.  France--NONE

World Ranking: Germany--#1.  France--#3

Thoughts: This is the matchup of the quarterfinals round as both teams have legitimate claims that they could win the World Cup this year.  Most people are backing Germany to romp in this one, but I have a sneaking suspicion that France will surprise Germany to move on and deny the Germans their chance at a third World Cup win.

How To Watch--China vs United States of America

Match Date/Time: Friday, June 26 at 5:30 PM MDT

Venue: Lansdowne Stadium--Ottawa, Ontario

TV Information: Fox

How they got here:

China--Group Stage--LOSS vs Canada 0-1, WIN vs Netherlands 1-0, DRAW vs New Zealand 2-2.  Round of 16--WIN vs Cameroon 1-0.

United States of America--Group Stage--WIN vs Australia 3-1, DRAW vs Sweden 0-0, WIN vs Nigeria 1-0.  Round of 16--WIN vs Columbia 2-0.

World Cup Titles: China: NONE.  United States of America--1991 and 1999.

World Ranking: China:  #16.  United States of America:  #2

Thoughts: I am not sure where all of the anti-USWNT sentiment is coming from.  They have not given up a goal since the first half of the first game.  They +5 in goal differential but because they are not crushing opponents something is wrong.  That is a crock as the rest of the World has really caught up and the USA is playing some good teams.  That being said, China will not shock the world and will drop a 2-0 decision to the Red, White and Blue.

How To Watch--Australia vs Japan

Match Date/Time: Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 PM MDT

Venue: Commonwealth Stadium--Edmonton, Alberta

TV Information: Fox Sports 1

How they got here:

Australia--Group Stage--LOSS vs United States of America 1-3, WIN vs Nigeria 2-0, DRAW vs Sweden 1-1.  Round of 16--WIN vs Brazil 1-0.

Japan--Group Stage--WIN vs Switzerland 1-0, WIN 2-1 vs Cameroon, WIN vs Ecuador 1-0.  Round of 16--WIN vs Netherlands 2-1

World Cup Titles: Australia:  NONE.  Japan: 2011

World Ranking: Australia: #10.  Japan: #4

Thoughts: Right now, Australia is the team that no one wants to face.  They were not supposed to beat Brazil and have been in every game this tournament.  They are playing with house money and for the defending World Cup Champions Japan, this spells trouble.  Japan has not impressed in this tournament and this match has the feel of going all the way to PK's which I think is where Australia pulls off another upset.

How To Watch:  England vs Canada

Match Date/Time: Saturday, June 27 at 5:30 PM MDT

Venue: BC Place Stadium--Vancouver, British Columbia

TV Information: Fox Sports 1

How they got here:

England--Group Stage:  LOSS vs France 0-1, WIN vs Mexico 2-1, WIN vs Columbia 2-1.  Round of 16--WIN vs Norway 2-1.

Canada--Group Stage:  WIN vs China 1-0, DRAW vs New Zealand 0-0, DRAW vs Netherlands 1-1.  Round of 16--WIN vs Switzerland 1-0.

World Cup Titles: England:  NONE.  Canada:  NONE.

World Ranking: England #6.  Canada #8

Thoughts: This is one of the more difficult ones to call as the emotion of being the host team should help the Canadians, but when you look strictly at form, England is the team in form.  Will this translate into a victory for the English?  I think so in a mild upset in Vancouver.