The 2019 Women’s World Cup in France is now onto the knockout stages after group play had plenty of drama in it 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!
2019 Women’s World Cup Final
Monday 8 July, 1:00am, Stade de Lyon
So there we have it, the USA has made another World Cup Final and they will take on the Netherlands this time.
Not a bad effort for a Dutch side that is only making their second World Cup appearance.
It does cap off a fairly successful couple of years for this team having won the European Championship in 2017 and now they get the chance to knock off the defending World Champions.
As for the USA, well they haven’t exactly looked invincible throughout this tournament.
They needed England’s penalty luck in major tournaments to stay exactly the same as it has always been to get through their semifinal.
It’s been a grind rather than a procession but they are doing enough to get through each week and you have to remember, they have won 12 straight matches in 2019 and last lost a World Cup match in 90 minutes in the 2011 Group Stage.
They did draw with Sweden in the 2015 Group Stage but since they, it’s been all USA victories since then.
As for this game, it’s hard to look past the USA losing here but expecting them to cruise like they did in 2015 might be a bit optimistic.
The Dutch can certainly match the Americans and possibly even dictate the terms of the game if they can get out in front early.
I’ve backed against the USA in their last two matches but I’m not going to make that mistake here, the defending champions will go back to back for the first time in their history and take out the final in likely tense circumstances.
Back the USA to Win (90 Minutes) and Both Teams to Score @ $3.50
3rd Place Playoff
Sunday 7 July, 1:00am, Stade de Nice
This is not a game you want to bet on, the players don’t even really want to play in it (we assume).
Let’s just move along and be ready for the final Monday morning.
Wednesday 3 July, 5:00am, Stade des Alpes
England 1 – USA 2
This game is worthy of a World Cup Final in its own right but we’ll have to settle for the winner getting a spot in the decider instead.
Expect more than a few George Washington, Boston Tea Party and other not at all dated references from the USA if they do manage to beat England here.
While the Americans have justifiably grabbed the headlines throughout the tournament, this English side has something very special going about it.
The USA have had to ride their luck through the knockout stages, getting the benefit of a 50/50 handball decision late on against France that could have levelled the match at 2-2.
What is undeniable about that side is the form of Megan Rapinoe who has scored all four of her team’s goals in the knockout phase and is worth a look in the Anytime Goalscorer market.
As for the result though, I’m not all that confident in the USA’s ability to weather another storm and England is playing really well, showing a ruthless edge.
It’s impossible to rule out extra time here so it might be worth taking the insurance on offer in the “To Qualify” Market instead of taking the high price of England in 90 minutes.
Back England To Qualify @ $2.65
Thursday 4 July, 5:00am, Stade des Alpes
Netherlands 1 – Sweden 0 (A.E.T)
While all the hype and hoopla will focus on the other semi, this one should be an excellent game to watch as well.
The Dutch have gone about their business throughout the tournament with minimal fuss, seeing off Japan in the Round of 16 before keeping a clean sheet against a determined Italian side.
The Swedes will fear nobody after knocking off Germany and have reached the semi finals with contributions from throughout the squad.
They have had eight different goalscorers so far, which isn’t great if you’re looking for a player to back but it does mean that the Dutch will have to be on their guard.
With the attacking power on both sides, the Both Teams to Score market looks to be a good play considering it has hit three times for both sides in this tournament.
As for the result, I’ll give the slight edge to the Dutch and back them to get the job done in 90 minutes.
Back the Netherlands to Win (90 Minutes) and Both Teams to Score @ $5.00
Friday 28 June, 5:00am, Stade Oceane
Norway 0 – England 3
Australia’s conquerors take on Australia’s oldest sporting foe.
Look there’s got to be a reason to watch this game and that might just be the angle to take.
Norway were the better side against the Matildas, there’s no sugar coating that but they are going to be the second best side on paper here.
If England can take control of the game early, they should be able to keep the Norwegians at arms length and book a semi final spot.
At anything over even money you have to like the value on offer for the English side.
Back England to Win (90 Minutes) @ $2.05
Saturday 29 June, 5:00am, Parc des Princes
France 1 – USA 2
It’s not a coincidence that the European sides are doing so well in this World Cup on home turf and no side has a great home ground advantage here than tournament hosts France.
This is a clash that will be worth of a final as these two heavyweights go at it.
You can’t work around the truth that the USA were well below average getting by Spain in the last round and while France did have a real battle to get by Brazil in extra time, they were pushed by a good side.
I’m happy to back the French to send the Parc des Princes into raptures here with a win over the defending champions and tournament heavy weights in 90 minutes.
Either way this is going to be an excellent clash whatever the outcome.
Back France to Win (90 Minutes) @ $3.30
Saturday 29 June, 11:00pm, Stade du Hainaut
Italy 0 – Netherlands 2
The one quarter final that kicks off at a semi-decent time in Australia and it’s the second all European clash.
Italy hasn’t conceded since Sam Kerr’s penalty rebound in their first match, while the both teams to score market has hit in the Dutch’s last three.
I’m going to back Italy’s wall to be broken down here at least once but I’m having a hard time splitting these two on the scoreboard so I think I’m going to have to back a 90 minute draw.
Back Both Teams to Score & a Draw (90 Minutes) @ $4.40
Sunday 30 June, 2:30am, Roazhon Park
Germany 1 – Sweden 2
Realistically, this game should be closer to Germany’s win over Spain in the Group Stage than their last two wins over South Africa and Nigeria.
Outside of their clash with Thailand, Sweden have played a very similar style to the Germans, keeping three clean sheets and opting to win tight, defensive games instead of trying to outscore their opponents.
The under is the way to go in this one since two goals will be enough to win this one, even though both sides have plenty of attacking firepower, we’re seeing defence dominate so far.
Every game in the Round of 16 had three or fewer goals and with a lot of close games, don’t be surprised if that trend continues.
Back Germany to Win (90 Minutes) and Under 3.5 Goals @ $2.25
Round of 16
Sunday 23 June, 1:30am, Stade des Alpes
Germany 3 – Nigeria 0
Germany’s progression to the Round of 16 could not have gone much smoother, winning all three games and not conceding a single goal in that time.
Both sides will be well rested going into this game but there’s no need to dress this up as anything more than what it is, a huge mismatch in Germany’s favour.
The value number in the Win/Goals double is 3.5 where you have a decision to make and I’m going to back under since I like Germany to keep a clean sheet and don’t think they’ll go crazy scoring more than necessary.
Add in the fact Nigeria was kept scoreless by both European opponents in the Group Stage and it doesn’t seem likely they’ll get through a stout German defence.
A comfortable 2-0 or 3-0 win is what I keep coming back to so that’s what I’ll back here.
Back Germany to Win and Under 3.5 Goals @ $2.10
Sunday 23 June, 5:00am, Stade de Nice
Norway 1 (4) – Australia 1 (1) (Penalties)
These sides actually met in March of last year and it was a 95th minute winner from Larissa Crummer that gave the Australians a 4-3 victory in the Algarve Cup.
Of course plenty has gone on since then but it’s fair to say that this is a match between two relatively even sides and there is plenty of value plays in the market for this one so we are going to go for a Same Game Multi.
You can back a few goals in this one with some confidence considering that the Matildas haven’t exactly looked stable at the back and have conceded in their last five matches, in their win over Jamaica, it was the first time in that run they had not conceded multiple goals.
Even though Norway has had two penalties and two own goals already in the tournament, they have overcome the absence of Ballon D’Or winner Ada Hergerberg by spreading out their goalscoring responsibilities.
For the Matildas there is only one player to look at to score at this point in time and that is the captain Sam Kerr who, as long as she believes she is the best player on the pitch, will find a way to score.
Then, and this is perhaps the riskiest part of the bet but I’m going to back the Matildas to win, in large part because they are gradually improving and if this turns into a shootout, they have more gamebreakers.
Back the Matildas to Win (90 Minutes), Both Teams to Score and Sam Kerr AGS [SGM] @ $6.44
Monday 24 June, 1:30am, Stade du Hainaut
England 3 – Cameroon 0
For Cameroon, their qualification to the Round of 16 was dramatic enough with a 95th minute winner in their last group game.
Unfortunately they have just 72 hours to turn around for their knockout match with England so it’s going to be a massive task to overhaul one of the tournament favourites.
Much like the Germany game, 3.5 goals is the magic number in the doubles market and I am expecting England to crush them here.
Back England to Win & Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.20
Monday 24 June, 5:00am, Stade Oceane
France 2 – Brazil 1 (A.E.T)
This will be the first big test for the tournament hosts as they on a Brazil side that has survived what turned out to be the group of death.
Thanks to the fact Brazil only scored three goals against Jamaica, they drew the short straw having to face France earlier than they would have been hoping.
I’m happy to back the hosts to get through here but I do think Brazil will be a tough out and they’ll need to score at least two to get through.
Back France to Win and Both Teams to Score @ $3.10
Tuesday 25 June, 1:30am, Stade Auguste-Delaune
Spain 1 – USA 2
These two sides took very different paths to the knockout stage, the USA scored for fun in Group F, averaging six goals per game (helped by 13 against Thailand) and keeping three clean sheets.
Considering defence was their big worry going into the tournament, their stout defending against Sweden and Chile has to be encouraging now that it moves to the sudden death stage.
Spain will be a tough out and plays a very tight, compact style so don’t expect a huge blowout in this game, instead the USA will have to make the most of the few clear cut chances they will get.
With Spain playing so deep, they probably won’t get too many chances themselves so I’m happy to back the USA to keep a clean sheet.
Back USA to Win to Nil @ $2.38
Tuesday 25 June, 5:00am, Parc des Princes
Sweden 1 – Canada 0
It’s not exactly going out on a limb to think that not every favourite is going to win this round so you have to pick your spots with an upset play.
This one is probably in contention with Australia-Norway for the most evenly balanced clash so this is going to be the upset play.
At $3.40, Sweden looks way over the odds and if they can get an early lead, I just don’t see Canada having the firepower to pull the game back.
Back Sweden to Win (90 Minutes) @ $3.40
Wednesday 26 June, 1:30am, Stade de la Mosson
Italy 2 – China 0
If you were surprised at Italy winning Group C then you weren’t alone but you shouldn’t be surprised they made it to the knockout phase looking at how they played.
China got through a tough Group B in third place thanks to a draw with Spain in the final day and conceding one goal in three matches should serve as a warning sign to Italy that they will have to break through a brick wall to score here.
One goal might be enough for them though as China only scored once in group play as well.
There’s enough value in Italy in the 90 minutes market so I’m happy to back them outright here and bank on them to do the job without needing extra time or penalties.
Back Italy to Win (90 Minutes) @ $1.83
Wednesday 26 June, 5:00am, Roazhon Park
Netherlands 2 – Japan 1
Japan hasn’t looked like the side that is the defending Asian Champions and made the World Cup Final four years ago.
Admittedly being in a group with England hasn’t help play them into form but there are plenty of warning signs about one of the favourites possibly heading out early.
The Dutch side haven’t exactly blown everyone away but have shown the maturity to close out teams and I’m leaning towards taking them to do it again here.
This one was a lot tougher to pick than on first pass, but I’m going to stick with the Dutch in 90 minutes because they have looked a lot stronger throughout this tournament.
Back Netherlands to Win (90 Minutes) @ $1.83
Saturday 8 June, 5:00am, Parc des Princes
France 4 – South Korea 0
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
Saturday 8 June, 11:00pm, Roazhon Park
Germany 1 – China 0
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
Sunday 9 June, 2:00am, Stade Oceane
Spain 3 – South Africa 1
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
Sunday 9 June, 5:00am, Stade Auguste-Delaune
Norway 3 – Nigeria 0
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
Sunday 9 June, 9:00pm, Stade du Hainaut
Australia 1 – Italy 2
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
Sunday 9 June, 11:30pm, Stade des Alpes
Brazil 3 – Jamaica 0
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.
Monday 10 June, 2:00am, Stade de Nice
England 2 – Scotland 1
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
Tuesday 11 June, 2:00am, Parc des Princes
Argentina 0 – Japan 0
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
Tuesday 11 June, 5:00am, Stade de la Mosson
Canada 1 – Cameroon 0
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
Tuesday 11 June, 11:00pm, Stade Oceane
New Zealand 0 – Netherlands 1
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
Wednesday 12 June, 2:00am, Roazhon Park
Chile 0 – Sweden 2
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
Wednesday 12 June, 5:00am, Stade Auguste-Delaune
USA 13 – Thailand 0
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.
Wednesday 12 June, 11:00pm, Stade des Alpes
Nigeria 2 – South Korea 0
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
Thursday 13 June, 2:00am, Stade du Hainaut
Germany 1 – Spain 0
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
Thursday 13 June, 5:00am, Stade de Nice
France 2 – Norway 1
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
Friday 14 June, 2:00am, Stade de la Mosson
Australia 3 – Brazil 2
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
Friday 14 June, 5:00am, Parc des Princes
South Africa 0 – China 1
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
Friday 14 June, 11:00pm, Stade du Hainaut
Japan 2 – Scotland 1
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
Saturday 15 June, 2:00am, Stade Auguste-Delaune
Jamaica 0 – Italy 5
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
Saturday 15 June, 5:00am, Stade Oceane
England 1 – Argentina 0
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
Saturday 15 June, 11:00pm, Stade du Hainaut
Netherlands 3 – Cameroon 1
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
Sunday 16 June, 5:00am, Stade des Alpes
Canada 2 – New Zealand 0
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
Sunday 16 June, 11:00pm, Stade de Nice
Sweden 5 – Thailand 1
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
Monday 17 June, 2:00am, Parc des Princes
USA 3 – Chile 0
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
Tuesday 18 June, 2:00am, Stade Oceane
China 0 – Spain 0
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
Tuesday 18 June, 2:00am, Stade de la Mosson
South Africa 0 – Germany 4
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
Tuesday 18 June, 5:00am, Roazhon Park
Nigeria 0 – France 1
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.
Tuesday 18 June, 5:00am, Stade du Hainaut
South Korea 1 – Norway 2
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
Wednesday 19 June, 5:00am, Stade des Alpes
Jamaica 1 – Australia 4
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
Wednesday 19 June, 5:00am, Stade du Hainaut
Italy 0 – Brazil 1
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
Thursday 20 June, 5:00am, Stade de Nice
Japan 0 – England 2
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
Thursday 20 June, 5:00am, Parc des Princes
Scotland 3 – Argentina 3
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
Friday 21 June, 2:00am, Stade de la Mosson
Cameroon 2 – New Zealand 1
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
Friday 21 June, 2:00am, Stade Auguste-Delaune
Netherlands 2 – Canada 1
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
Friday 21 June, 5:00am, Stade Oceane
Sweden 0 – USA 2
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
Friday 21 June, 5:00am, Roazhon Park
Thailand 0 – Chile 2
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