The 2019 Women’s World Cup kicks off in France in just a few short weeks and we will be previewing every game throughout the tournament as we approach the World Cup Final in Paris on July 8 (AEST).
Check out our previews and predictions for every Women’s World Cup match right here!
Round of 16
Germany Vs Nigeria
Sunday 23 June, 1:30am, Stade des Alpes
Norway Vs Australia
Sunday 23 June, 5:00am, Stade de Nice
England Vs Cameroon
Monday 24 June, 1:30am, Stade du Hainaut
France Vs Brazil
Monday 24 June, 5:00am, Stade Oceane
Spain Vs USA
Tuesday 25 June, 1:30am, Stade Auguste-Delaune
Sweden Vs Canada
Tuesday 25 June, 5:00am, Parc des Princes
Italy Vs China
Wednesday 26 June, 1:30am, Stade de la Mosson
Netherlands Vs Japan
Wednesday 26 June, 5:00am, Roazhon Park
France Vs South Korea
Saturday 8 June, 5:00am, Parc des Princes
The tournament hosts are bringing some strong form into this one, winning their last five and keeping three clean sheets on the way.
In that time they have prepared for this game by facing South Koreas continental rivals Japan, Thailand and China, the latter two coming in the last fortnight.
Unfortunately, the market is equally confident in a French win, making them too short to back.
You’ll have to go searching for a bit of value here but considering this France side scored three or more goals in four of their five warm up matches the total markets might be where to look.
Back France to Score 3+ Goals @ $1.80
Germany Vs China
Saturday 8 June, 11:00pm, Roazhon Park
Much like the tournament opener, this one can simply be summed up by one sentence, “Germany by how much?”
It’s going to be a common theme throughout the group stage but you’ll have to go hunting for value.
The Germans should dominate this game and also keep a clean sheet against a Chinese side that really does struggle for goals when playing up.
They only scored 2 goals in March’s Algarve Cup and they might have to wait a bit to break their duck in this tournament.
Back Germany to Win to Nil @ $2.00
Spain Vs South Africa
Sunday 9 June, 2:00am, Stade Oceane
Another opening round mismatch as Spain is expected to cruise past the South Africans.
This is also the first game where to find some value you’ll either have to back a high scoring encounter or rock fight.
The Spanish side has had two tough draws in the lead up to this tournament but it’s been a rough build up for South Africa, going down to Norway 7-2.
Because of that, I’ll take a high scoring affair and find some value in the goal scoring markets.
Back Over 4.5 Goals @ $4.00
Norway Vs Nigeria
Sunday 9 June, 5:00am, Stade Auguste-Delaune
From one side that was on the wrong end of a hammering in a warm up match to the team that delivered the hammering, Norway.
If you’re detecting a theme here, you’re right, I’m expecting plenty of goals in this World Cup and this match will be no different.
The thing about Nigeria though, they aren’t a bad team and should be able to get onto the scoreboard as well so I’ll back the both teams to score market in the doubles for some value.
Back Norway to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $3.00
Australia Vs Italy
Sunday 9 June, 9:00pm, Stade du Hainaut
Now for the game everyone has been looking forward to, the Matildas opening their campaign against Italy.
We all know it’s been a rough build up for the Australian girls with the replacing of the coach and some players struggling to reach full health in the lead up to the tournament.
Thankfully it is a (relatively) soft landing when they take on Italy and you have to like them to deliver on the big stage here.
Sam Kerr is yet to score a World Cup goal but is one of those players that shines when the pressure is greatest.
Because of that, she is certainly worth backing in the goalscorer markets but I’ll keep this one simple and just back an Australian win outright.
Back Australia to Win @ $1.62
Brazil Vs Jamaica
Sunday 9 June, 11:30pm, Stade des Alpes
You know what?
You don’t have to bet on every match in this World Cup and this is one that screams stay away.
Brazil is coming into this one without any warm up matches, although you could argue playing Jamaica is as good as a warm up here.
Because of that, I’m happy to just watch and see what Marta & company do ahead of their clash with Australia.
England Vs Scotland
Monday 10 June, 2:00am, Stade de Nice
Whether it’s men’s football or women’s football, a clash between England and Scotland is definitely one to tune in for.
While Phil Neville’s side did lose to New Zealand in their final warm up match, that’s not enough to shake my confidence in them, especially since the jokes about England at major tournament’s only really apply to the men’s team.
I’m expecting the English side to come out and show just why they are one of the tournament favourites with a comfortable win.
Back England to Win to Nil @ $1.73
Argentina Vs Japan
Tuesday 11 June, 2:00am, Parc des Princes
You would be forgiven for thinking that this would be a runaway win for Argentina just going off the form of the mens sides for these countries, but here, Japan is the powerhouse team expected to win this one.
The defending Asian champions gave themselves the toughest possible preparation over the last couple of months, losing to France before drawing with Germany and Spain.
So while their form line might not look that great, that does need to come with the caveat of who it was played against.
Argentina are not a side of that calibre and that is reflected in the market, you can expect a big win for Japan.
Back Japan to Win -2 Goals @ $1.85
Canada Vs Cameroon
Tuesday 11 June, 5:00am, Stade de la Mosson
Cameroon are one of those teams that will be happy to come away from the World Cup with a point but it’s unlikely it will come against Canada here.
Like a lot of these early matches there is not a whole lot of value on offer in the markets so you’ll have to go searching and if you’re expecting this to be a big Canadian win, then you’ll find a play.
We’ll go back to what was a winning play from the first match and back Canada to score a few goals.
Back Canada to Score 3+ Goals @ $1.87
New Zealand Vs Netherlands
Tuesday 11 June, 11:00pm, Stade Oceane
We’ve already had one upset in the World Cup Group Stage and can New Zealand pick up another one?
Well in short, they beat England in a warm up friendly but it won’t be a similar result here, the Dutch are tournament heavyweights for a reason.
It might not be totally smooth sailing though and I’m happy to take on the Dutch in a high scoring affair.
Back the Netherlands to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.95
Chile Vs Sweden
Wednesday 12 June, 2:00am, Roazhon Park
The upsets are starting to roll in during the World Cup right now so can Chile win its first international match since April last year in the Copa America?
It’s still a big ask to overcome a Swedish side that knows it needs all three points in a tough group with the USA.
In their two most recent games they have been able to win while keeping a clean sheet which is massive and it also means they won’t need to go too many goals to win.
Back Sweden to Win and Under 3.5 Goals @ $1.80
USA Vs Thailand
Wednesday 12 June, 5:00am, Stade Auguste-Delaune
If any side is coming into this tournament in excellent form, it’s the USA.
That side has won their last six matches, keeping five clean sheets and outscoring their opponents 23-3.
Thailand’s last match saw them lose to Belgium 6-1 so even scoring one against the USA would be a huge moral victory.
The markets for this game all favour a huge US win and you have to give them a massive headstart in the handicap market that it’s not worth taking the risk of the US maybe getting an early lead and going into cruise control to try and start preparing for their next match with Chile.
Nigeria Vs South Korea
Wednesday 12 June, 11:00pm, Stade des Alpes
Group A followed the script in its opening matches and the two sides that went down against heavily fancied opponents now face off in what might be their best chance to pick up a win at this tournament.
South Korea went down to France in the first match by a pretty convincing 4-0 scoreline and it wasn’t much better for Nigeria who gave up three to Norway.
Both of these teams can score a couple of goals here and there but neither one seems overly tight defensively so I’m having a hard time splitting them.
Thankfully there’s a draw option here so that’s the play for this game.
Back the Draw @ $3.30
Germany Vs Spain
Thursday 13 June, 2:00am, Stade du Hainaut
Group B’s two heavyweights got their campaigns off to winning starts as Spain left it late to get past a 10-player South African side while Germany only needed one goal to defeat China.
The Germans go into this game as slight favourites, unbeaten in their last ten matches (winning nine) and keeping seven clean sheets in that time.
Spain can compete with the Germans but at the end of the day, you have to back the heavyweights and tournament favourites.
Back Germany to Win @ $2.10
France Vs Norway
Thursday 13 June, 5:00am, Stade de Nice
Chances are Norway will provide a much sterner test for France that what South Korea did in the tournament opener.
Both of these sides will expect to go through to the knockout stages and the winner of this will likely top Group A.
In a straight up tipping competition you have to like France here but you’ll need to search for a bit of value in the market.
I’ll back France in the Half Time/Full Time double as that has been a winner in five of their last six matches and they are more than capable of getting off to another strong start.
Back France Half Time/Full Time @ $2.00
Australia Vs Brazil
Friday 14 June, 2:00am, Stade de la Mosson
Have we overrated the Matildas and their chances at this tournament?
Well it depends, if you believed they were tournament favourites then yes, absolutely but if you expected them to top the group and at least make a run, then no.
Up next is a clash against Brazil that is absolutely a must win after dropping three points already, and it is their toughest group game by far.
A hat-trick from Cristiane guided Brazil past Jamaica and with superstar Marta still yet to take part, it’s fair to say they present a much more potent attacking threat to the Matildas high backline.
If you think Milicic is able to get a reaction out of his players then they are at great value to win this game but I’m happy to steer clear of a game that is not too easy to predict the result on.
Instead I’ll back over 2.5 goals as I think both teams will score and someone is going to win this game.
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.70
South Africa Vs China
Friday 14 June, 5:00am, Parc des Princes
It was almost the upset to rock the World Cup as South Africa gave up two late goals (after having Nothando Vilakazi controversially sent off) to go down to Spain.
The question here is do you expect them to be able to bounce back from that disappointment as they have a (slightly) more winnable game against China.
That might be a worthwhile play if you’re looking for a big money upset but it’s hard to see China having as low of a conversion rate if the South Africans allow 27 shots again.
So the tip for this game is China to win, but for betting value, you’ll have to look to the total goals market and backing over two and a half goals is the way to go.
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.00
Japan Vs Scotland
Friday 14 June, 11:00pm, Stade du Hainaut
Safe to say Japan didn’t look like themselves after being held to an unlikely draw against Argentina in their opening match.
They dominated possession but couldn’t generate enough chances to break down a dogged opponent and they’re in for a tough outing against a Scotland side that played England close on Monday.
I’m going to stick with Japan here since I do think they are the better side.
Thankfully the head to head market has plenty of value in it and I’m happy to get on Japan outright here.
Back Japan to Win @ $1.73
Jamaica Vs Italy
Saturday 15 June, 2:00am, Stade Auguste-Delaune
Well, Italy is definitely a stronger side than initially giving them credit for, so what will they do against Jamaica here?
All three points will almost certainly book a ticket to the knockout stages depending on the Australia-Brazil result.
Here it’s as simple as Italy by how much?
Jamaica won’t invite as many clear chances by playing a high line but that will allow the Italian midfielders to operate closer to the goal and generate more chances.
Back Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.15
England Vs Argentina
Saturday 15 June, 5:00am, Stade Oceane
Any chance of England taking Argentina lightly was thrown out the window when a resolute defensive effort got Argentina its first Women’s World Cup point.
They’ll put out a pretty similar gameplan when they take on England and while they are outclassed all over the pitch, it might not be easy for the English side.
If they can hold out for a half the damage might not be too bad and I think they’ll find a way to frustrate England for a while and keep this as a relatively low scoring clash.
Back England to Win & Under 3.5 Goals @ $2.05
Netherlands Vs Cameroon
Saturday 15 June, 11:00pm, Stade du Hainaut
Group E gets its second round of games underway with the Dutch side heavily favoured over Cameroon who lost their first match to Canada.
There were a grand total of two goals across the first round of matches and that trend of low scoring matches could continue here.
I like the Netherlands to win and keep a clean sheet in this one, they have now kept four straight while Cameroon has been kept scoreless in its last two internationals.
It’s not the greatest value play but it certainly looks like the best option in a market that is scarce on good options.
Back Netherlands to Win to Nil @ $1.57
Canada Vs New Zealand
Sunday 16 June, 5:00am, Stade des Alpes
Canada needed just the one goal to get through the opening game of the World Cup and now have a chance to accelerate towards the knockout stages with a win over New Zealand.
Much like in the other game I’m happy to take the favourites to win and keep a clean sheet as it looks like defence will be the key to success in this group.
Back Canada to Win to Nil @ $2.05
Sweden Vs Thailand
Sunday 16 June, 11:00pm, Stade de Nice
Thailand can’t be as bad as they were against the USA right?
Well it gets only marginally easier with the Swedes up next and they are more than capable of putting the Thai team to the sword.
The big question for having a bet on this game is how confident you are in Sweden’s ability to run up the score on an opponent that has had their confidence rocked.
It’s a bit of a harsh reality in a competition like this when one team is so clearly out of their depth, so it’s worth having a small bet on a big Sweden win.
Back Sweden to Win -5 Goals @ $2.05
USA Vs Chile
Monday 17 June, 2:00am, Parc des Princes
How on earth will the USA follow up their first act, scoring a bakers dozen on Thailand.
Chile could give them trouble but it’s hard to see them holding out for 90 minutes…
I’m fully expecting them to continue their ruthless streak and enjoy it with some more creative celebrations as well.
Back USA to Win -4 Goals @ $1.95
China Vs Spain
Tuesday 18 June, 2:00am, Stade Oceane
After both sides beat South Africa and went down to Germany, it’s winner take all in the final clash of Group B.
While you would expect three points to be enough to still qualify for the knockouts, it does mean the loser in this one will have to wait for the other groups to finish to ensure they can progress.
If you are just going off their tournament records then this could be an even match but Spain is a much better side and could be good value at anything around even money.
Back Spain to Win @ $1.91
South Africa Vs Germany
Tuesday 18 June, 2:00am, Stade de la Mosson
There’s really not a lot of intrigue to this one, Germany is through to the knockouts as winners of Group B and no matter what side they put out, should be able to outclass a South African side that has been gallant but ultimately unsuccessful so far.
Just getting a goal against the tournament heavyweights would be a moral victory here but that could be a big ask considering Spain and China couldn’t break through.
With nothing left to play for other than preserving health and a perfect group record, I’m happy to go for a value play and back a German win without a clean sheet.
Back Germany to Win and Both Teams to Score @ $3.30
Nigeria Vs France
Tuesday 18 June, 5:00am, Roazhon Park
Nigeria has it all to play for here while the tournament hosts are looking to advance with a perfect total of nine points.
With Norway expected to take care of South Korea in the other Group A match being played at the same time, Nigeria needs to pick up a point (or more) to give help secure their standing as one of the best third place teams.
That being said, with the gap in class between these two sides, I just don’t have the confidence in Nigeria to get anything from this.
The value just isn’t there for France considering they may take this match at half speed with an eye on the knockouts.
South Korea Vs Norway
Tuesday 18 June, 5:00am, Stade du Hainaut
Let’s just get this out of the way, Norway will win this game, so the question here is how many goals will be scored.
The over 2.5 has hit in both of their group matches so far and you have to like their chances to put a few past South Korea who has conceded six in its two matches so far.
Back Norway to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.10
Jamaica Vs Australia
Wednesday 19 June, 5:00am, Stade des Alpes
Isn’t it nice everyone is back on the Matildas bandwagon?
It might not have been the most aesthetically pleasing performance but that comeback against Brazil showed this team has the resilience to grind out the results they need.
Here they have a lot of pressure to put up a rugby score against a Jamaican side that was ripped apart by Italy in their last match.
A win will put the pressure on Brazil in their match with Italy and if the Brazilians pick up a win, that could open up a potential top spot finish on goal difference.
While they haven’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboard, this could be a great chance to boost the tallies of a few players.
Back Australia to Win -3 Goals @ $2.00
Italy Vs Brazil
Wednesday 19 June, 5:00am, Stade du Hainaut
While we as Australians will be watching the Matildas play, it’s definitely worth keeping a second screen running with this game on at the same time.
Italy has advanced to the knockout stage already and a draw (or win) will secure top spot in Group C.
Knowing that is on the line, they should go out at full strength against a Brazil side that needs all three points from this one as well.
You can’t help but be impressed with the way the Italians have approached this tournament and as slight underdogs here, they are at good value to win.
Back Italy to Win @ $2.75
Japan Vs England
Thursday 20 June, 5:00am, Stade de Nice
Group D has been a real arm wrestle for the teams involved but it looks like England will get through to the knockout phase.
They’ve got a tough outing against Japan but a draw will be enough for both sides to hold their current placings.
The question is whether or not Japan will try and push for a winner to steal top spot and an easier path through the knockout stages.
Chances are both sides will be happy with this finishing as a draw and they can move on to the knockout stages relatively unscathed.
Back the Draw @ $3.00
Scotland Vs Argentina
Thursday 20 June, 5:00am, Parc des Princes
It’s highly unlikely that Argentina will be able to get by Japan in the Group D standings so for both themselves and Scotland, this is all about positioning the winner to get through as one of the four best third placed sides.
Remarkably, Argentina is in the better position going into this game having stolen an unlikely point off Japan in their first match after going into the tournament as projected easy-beats.
Argentina have been experts at frustrating opponents and are more than capable of upsetting Scotland here but I’m not confident enough to back that outcome.
Instead, I’ll take Under 2.5 Goals considering there has only been one goal in 180 minutes of Argentina matches.
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $1.80
Cameroon Vs New Zealand
Friday 21 June, 2:00am, Stade de la Mosson
For both of these sides, this is could be their final involvement in the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Assuming there is a winner in the Argentina-Scotland match, whoever wins this one could overtake Nigeria so long as Cameroon scores two or New Zealand scores three.
Realistically, you can make a great argument for both sides to win this one so instead I’ll dip into the doubles market and back both teams to score and over 2.5 goals.
Back Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.10
Netherlands Vs Canada
Friday 21 June, 2:00am, Stade Auguste-Delaune
The Dutch are in a great position here, draw against Canada and they win Group E, setting up a knockout clash with Japan (or England).
The Dutch haven’t looked like themselves just yet but with this being their toughest test yet, I’m expecting them to find another gear.
Canada is still yet to concede in the tournament which is impressive but this Dutch side still the better team so I’ll back them to win.
Back the Netherlands to Win @ $2.55
Sweden Vs USA
Friday 21 June, 5:00am, Stade Oceane
The USA really took their foot off the accelerator in their 3-0 win over Chile, resting Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe and still cruising home.
Sweden also won its first two matches, accounting for Thailand 5-1 in their last outing but did leave it late in their opener against Chile.
We should see plenty of goals in what is reasonable to presume will be a USA win since they wouldn’t dare risk resting their best attacker two matches in a row.
Back the USA to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.95
Thailand Vs Chile
Friday 21 June, 5:00am, Roazhon Park
Even with Chile on a grand total of 0 points with 0 goals scored from their two opening matches, facing Thailand could still catapult their way into the knockout stage.
To do that they need to win by at least five to get themselves back to a neutral goal difference, and as the last group to play, they will at least be able to know exactly what they need to do.
I’ll back them to win and score a few goals here through the doubles market to at least give themselves a chance to pull of what would be a very impressive progression.
Back Chile to Win and Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.00