The Australian Women’s National Soccer Team have produced their best effort at a World Cup to ensure passage to a quarterfinal playoff with reigning world champions Japan this weekend.
Australia will meet Japan at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium at 6:00am AEST, June 28th.
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The Matildas were unlucky to be drawn in Group D at the 2015 Women’s World Cup alongside tournament favourites the United States, leading African contenders Nigeria and the ever-dangerous Sweden.
Suffering a disappointing but competitive 3-1 defeat to the USA in their campaign opener, the Matildas were clearly galvanised by the result and produced an exceptional effort to consolidate second position in the Group with a 2-0 win over Nigeria; progressing to the Round of 16 with a 1-1 draw with Sweden.
The Matildas were given little chance for success against Brazil, led by the world’s best player Marta, but produced a monumental effort to take a 1-0 lead in the 80th minute and hold on for a nation-best result at the World Cup.
Japan stunned the world when lifting the World Cup for the first time in 2011, but have continued to impress at the highest level of Women’s football and have been similarly devastating in their title defence so far.
Drawn alongside Cameroon, Switzerland and Ecuador in Group C, Japan comfortably won each of their three pool games before again cruising past The Netherlands in the Round of 16 to book their place opposite the Matildas.
The Nadeshiko remain a $7.50 chance of lifting a second-consecutive World Cup in Vancouver on July 5th.
Australia vs Japan Betting
Australia and Japan met in the final of last’s year’s Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam, with the latter posting their first tournament via a gruelling 1-0 fixture. Australia will do absolutely everything in their power to reverse that result on the game’s grandest stage, and are more than worth consideration at current $3.50 odds to beat Japan ($2).
The Matildas have undoubtedly been led by inspirational captain and striker Lisa De Vanna, who has hit the back of the net twice herself and set up team mate Kyah Simon several times. De Vanna and Simon undoubtedly figure as Australia’s best chance of scoring against Japan and may figure as a smart betting play to open the scoring on Sunday.
Both the Matildas and Japan have been tournament standout through the 2015 Women’s World Cup, and are likely to play out a low-scoring and fierce match in Edmonton. We’re tipping Australia to sneak through to the semi-finals with a 2-1 victory, which can currently be taken at particularly generous $13 odds.
Having already produced their best effort at a World Cup to reach Sunday’s quarterfinals, the Matildas have played some polished, well-rounded football and will be full of confidence ahead of their meeting with Japan.
Japan have never looked like losing this campaign but undoubtedly face their biggest task to date in the Matildas, who are sure to fight to the last minute.
The Matildas are situated on arguably the better side of the draw at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, and will play the winner of Canada vs England in a semi-final should they progress. This is undoubtedly their best ever chance of making the World Cup decider, and we’re confident they will keep the dream alive with a 2-1 victory over Japan on Sunday morning.