Women’s World Cup 2019, 12th June 8.00pm
This is the big clash of Group A at the women’s World Cup 2019. Hosts France made a thrilling start to the tournament in putting a big win on the board over South Korea. Norway also enjoyed success in their opening fixture which means that whoever comes out on top in this game is going to take full control of the top spot.
Can Norway pull off a big upset or will France continue on with their hot streak of form? The Odds on France Women to beat Norway Women are at 1/3* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.)
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.)
The French had an easy time of things in their opening game of their 2019 World Cup, as they produced a thoroughly convincing 4-0 success over South Korea. Right from the very start the French were at the throat of their opponents, with France’s fullbacks being constant attacking threats throughout the entire fixture.
Given what they showed in the first game it is easy to see why the French are right up there as the frontrunners to win the title this summer. The four goals that they scored all came from some of their star players. It was Eugenie Le Sommer who opened the scoring before captain and defender Wendie Renard weighed in with a couple.
Another of their star players Amandine Henry completed the scoring. That was just another impressive win in an impressive streak of form that the French are currently on. It is a six-match winning streak that they have put together currently, and in each of those six wins, they produced at least two goals. Across that sequence they collected four clean sheets, conceding just two goals in total.
Just as a nod towards their scoring power that is a total of 22 goals they have scored in their last six games. The defence of Norway is going to be a bit more challenging than what South Korea’s was. This will be the first meeting between France and Norway since a friendly in 2017, which ended in a 1-1 draw. It has been consistently brilliant form from France recently, will they be able to march on to another success? The odds on a Draw/France half time/full time bet is at 13/5* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.)
Sadly Norway don’t have their 23-year-old superstar and Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg. She has refused to play for the country because of what she cites as being unfair treatment to female players by the Norwegian Football Federation. So, unfortunately, the world stage will not enjoy her talents, but Norway did open the tournament with a very good win. It was a 3-0 victory over Nigeria that the Norwegians picked up. That is a total of four wins in their last five games now, going unbeaten in that sequence that Norway have taken. Even without Hegerberg, they still look like a very good side.
Chelsea player Nareb Mjelde is the one which will drive them and keep them taking over. Up front it is the goals of Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland which is likely to keep their tournament going. She was on target in their opening win over Nigeria. In a game against the Africans, Norway netted all three of their goals in the first half of the game. That allowed them to conserve some energy ahead of this much more difficult fixture. Norway are a very versatile side, and you will see them switching tactics probably more so than any other team that will be on display. But will they be able to handle very powerful French side at the moment?
France to win: however you break this down this is a game which France will be expected to win. They will get a much stiffer challenge from Norway they did against South Korea. With that in mind may be worth backing both teams to score, but France still to come out on top. The odds on France Women to beat Norway Women are at* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.)