Australia will seek to avoid joining New Zealand in a piece of unwanted history as Groups B and C reach a climax at the Women’s World Cup.

In each of the previous eight Women’s World Cups, the hosts have reached the knockout stages.

This is the first tournament with co-hosts and New Zealand went out on Sunday while Australia - who have a fitness doubt over star Sam Kerr - will follow them if they lose to Olympic champions Canada.

Surprise package Nigeria look to reach the last 16 but they will have to get a result against the Republic of Ireland, who have already been knocked out.

The other group sees Japan and Spain battle for top spot, while Costa Rica and Zambia play out a dead rubber.

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Costa Rica v Zambia; Japan v Spain

Group C, both matches start at 08:00 BST, ITV

Both Spain and Japan are already through to the last 16, but meet on Monday in Wellington to decide who wins Group C.

Spain are currently top on goal difference, having scored one more goal than their opponents, meaning they need just a draw to go into the knockout stages as group winners.

Both sides have thrashed Zambia 5-0, with Spain beating Costa Rica 3-0, compared to a 2-0 victory from Japan, who won the World Cup in 2011 and lost in the final four years later.

Group C table - Spain, Japan, Costa Rica and Zambia

The Group C winners will take on Norway, who beat the Philippines 6-0 on Sunday to finish second, while the Group C runners-up will play Group A winners Switzerland.

Spain boss Jorge Vilda said he did not care who his side met in the last 16 and added: “Be clear that Spain will always go out to win.

“We have not wasted a second thinking about which opponent we could play.

“This match will help us grow as a team, but it is not a decisive match. We are waiting for it to arrive, and we are prepared to face it.”

The other Group C match sees Costa Rica take on Zambia, with both looking for their first victory at a Women’s World Cup.

Costa Rica have drawn two and lost three of their five matches over two tournaments, with two losses in 2023, while debutants Zambia are yet to score a goal after their two successive 5-0 defeats.

Ex-England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis’ prediction for Japan v Spain: “This World Cup feels wide open from what we’ve seen so far and I would include both of these teams in my list of five or six serious contenders who have either been really impressive or look like they have another couple of gears to find.

“With their progress already assured, they are both trying to top Group C, but I don’t think either will fear whoever they end up facing out of Group A. I could see Japan or Spain going on to win the tournament, they have been that good.

“It’s hard to pick a winner here, but I am going to go with Spain to take it, just about, 1-2.”

Key stat: Spain have won both of their games at the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup, having won just one of their first seven matches before the tournament (drew two, lost four).

Brown-Finnis’ prediction for Costa Rica v Zambia: “These teams are both already out and are yet to score a goal or put a point on the board.

“So, I can see them wanting to go out and show what they can do. There is not much point in them being cagey now, 2-2.”

Key stat: Zambia have become only the fourth side to concede 10 or more goals in their opening two Women’s World Cup matches, and the third to concede five or more in both games after Mexico (1999) and Ecuador (2015).

Canada v Australia; Republic of Ireland v Nigeria

Group B, both matches start at 11:00 BST, BBC

Group B

Canada v Australia is shaping up to be a big one, with either the Olympic champions or the hosts set to go out (although they could both go through).

If Australia exit, that would be both the hosts out, with New Zealand exiting the tournament on Sunday.

Nigeria and Canada both go into their final games only needing a point to go through, and Australia need to win. A draw would be enough if the Republic of Ireland, who are already eliminated, beat Nigeria by two goals.

The Irish have just pride to play for - and a first Women’s World Cup win - after losing both matches so far in fighting narrow performances against higher-ranked sides.

“We want to still make the history of getting points, really mixing up this group for us. We’re still fully concentrated on that,” said defender Louise Quinn.

Nigeria boss Randy Waldrum says his team have been “underestimated and underappreciated” after drawing with Canada and beating hosts Australia.

“Hopefully we’ve proved to the world right now that we belong in a higher place [than 40th in the Fifa rankings],” said the American.

There is a bit of uncertainty going into the game, with Republic manager Vera Pauw - whose contract ends after the tournament - saying she and her players deserve clarity over her future.

Australia star forward Kerr’s fitness will go “down to the wire” according to boss Tony Gustavsson. She has missed both games with a calf injury.

“There is a lot on the table to discuss and we probably won’t know how we are going to use that until we are coming into the stadium tomorrow,” said Gustavsson. But Kerr has said she is “definitely going to be available”.

Canada’s English boss Bev Priestman says her team have not even spoken about the Chelsea forward’s fitness.

“We spoke about what it’s going to take to beat Australia because Australia aren’t just Sam Kerr,” she said.

One star who should be fit is Canada forward Christine Sinclair, who is bidding to score in a record sixth Women’s World Cup.

Brown-Finnis’ prediction for Canada v Australia: “Australia will be devastated that they come into their final group game needing to beat Canada, when they were expected by many to be safely into the last 16 by now.

“Canada have not looked at their sharpest so far, but they are still very experienced in situations like this and the Matildas will need everything to come together if they are going to beat them.

“I don’t think it will be straightforward at all for the co-hosts, but I am going to go with my heart and say they will make it - the tournament really needs them to get through too. 1-2.”

Key stat: Caitlin Foord and Emily van Egmond - who combined for Australia’s opening goal against Nigeria last time out - have each made 14 appearances at the Women’s World Cup, just one short of Lisa de Vanna’s national record.

Brown-Finnis’ prediction for Republic of Ireland v Nigeria: “The Republic of Ireland are out but they have competed so well, exactly the way I was hoping they would.

“Nigeria, meanwhile, have surpassed all expectations - including my own - but fully deserve to be top of Group B. From what we’ve seen so far, no-one will want to play them in the last 16.

“A draw would be enough to send Nigeria through no matter what happens elsewhere, and the Republic would be happy with that outcome too, because it would give them their first World Cup point. 0-0.”

Key stat: Six of the Republic of Ireland’s seven shots on target in the Women’s World Cup have been made either in the first 10 minutes (four) or from the 90th minute (two).