England and Sweden will showdown in the match for a third-place finish at the World Cup 2019 on Saturday. How will each of them approach this fixture? Will they both take the chance to give some of their squad players a bit of action? Four years ago England were in this very situation and they produced an upset against Germany. The Odds on England Women to beat Sweden Women are 8/11* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2019 at 9:10 p.m.)
England Women 8/11
Sweden Women 15/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2019 at 9:10 p.m.)
After winning all three of their group stage matches without ever putting together a good performance in any of their fixtures against Japan, Argentina and Scotland. But they got the job done to advance. Their round of sixteen affair against Cameroon descended into chaos, so there wasn’t an opportunity for them in that fixture to get any kind of momentum going. But then it came together for England.
In their quarter-final tie against Norway, the best of the Lioness was seen. Everyone was right on their game on the day, fluent, cohesive and positive. Their easy success over the Norwegians put them into a semi-final tie against the USA, the current World Champions. That was when things started to get real. Despite carving out some great chances for themselves in the game, England just came up short, losing 2-1 against the Americans. The biggest heartbreak was for captain Steph Houghton who missed a penalty to tie the game at 2-2.
Four years ago England finish in third place. That 2015 World Cup was the one which really put the Lionesses on the map. They were in sparkling form throughout, but they suffered semi-final heartbreak against Japan. However, the Lionesses gathered themselves up and took a win over Germany to seal the bronze medal spot. That is the best that he can hope for now as they head into another third-place playoff.
They will have to shake off some poor history against Sweden to get it. England Women are W1 D4 L4 from their nine previous encounters against the Swedes. But the Lionesses can take tremendous heart and confidence from the way that they stood toe to toe with the Americans. They should be fresher than their opponents as well having played their semi-final a day earlier than Sweden and they didn’t have to go through an exhausting extra time period like the Swedish had to.
It has been a bit of a strange campaign from Sweden. They did the jobs that they had to do in the group stage, beating Chile and Thailand. They didn’t really compete in their final group stage match against the USA, Sweden looking happy to take second place and stay in the easier half of the draw which would have meant avoiding the Americans again until the final. But they didn’t get that shot. They are beaten in extra time of their semi-final tie against the Netherlands.
That was a long game in tough, hot conditions. Sweden just had nothing left in the tank at the end of their game against the Netherlands.So often in the knockout stages, Sweden were fairly reserved and happy to play a counter-attacking game. They were absolutely perfect in their quarter-final tie, beating Germany from a position as underdogs. That was their high. When they would break they were so good and direct, and they continuously looked a threat from set pieces as well.
England are more likely to have the quality of depth if the two nations both decide to shake things up a little bit and give squad players a chance. They should have the fresher legs and of the two sides, they have been a little more positive than Sweden. The Swedes can never be written off because they pose their own quality threat. But England can win this. The Odds on England Women to beat Sweden Women are 8/11* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2019 at 9:10 p.m.)
England Women are back in another quarter final at a major tournament. They have actually been to the semi finals of their last two major tournaments, so can they make it three in a row? Standing in their way in the final eight of the Women’s World Cup 2019 are Norway.
Four years ago at the 2015 World Cup, the Lionesses faced Norway in the round of sixteen. England took a 2-1 victory. The odds on England Women to beat Norway Women are at 6/5* (betting odds taken from Betfred on June 24th, 2019 at 2:49 am).
England Women 6/5
Norway Women 21/10
* (betting odds taken from Betfred on June 24th, 2019 at 2:49 am)
England won all three of their group stage matches in the tournament. They took back to back one-goal margin successes over Scotland and Argentina, before beating Japan 2-0 in their final fixture. So that was the perfect start from the English as they had started the campaign as the favourites to top Group D. That put them in the tougher top half of the draw though, and after getting past Cameroon in a terrible round of sixteen game, they will face Norway for a place in the semi-finals.
England kept their professionalism and temperament high in their first knockout game against Cameroon. The African team were incensed by VAR decisions not going their way and were refusing to restart the game at one point. England produced a 3-0 win as Cameroon just capitulated in frustration, but it’s hard to get a real gauge on England’s performance. On the surface, while did well in some testing conditions, they once again did not play well.
There has been a lot of criticism fired at England because of the way that they are playing. It hasn’t been good, it has not been convincing. Their passing has been dreadful and they keep trying to play it out from the back, but far too many passes are going astray. While they have played well in patches here and there, there just has not been a complete performance from them yet where everything has come together.
Winning while not playing well is never a bad thing of course, but can they start to peak at the right time? They do have a goal scorer in form at the moment with Ellen White having taken her tally to four goals for the tournament. That’s been a great return from her so far and England, while they do look to be lacking a world-class star up front, do at least have plenty of options in the forward department.
England do look a little bit rocky at the back and they always seem to have a few nervy moments, and that’s generally ones they have created themselves. Captain Steph Houghton was the victim of an atrocious tackle at the end of their match against Cameroon but it looks as if she will be fine to carry on.
But for all that they can be picked apart for, Phil Neville’s team have taken three straight clean sheets as well. But they know that things are going to start to get much tougher now for them as they face up to a Norway side who look very settled, very together and strong.
It looks as if it will be a tight game and the odds on England Women to beat Norway Women to nil are at 11/4* (betting odds taken from Betfred on June 24th, 2019 at 2:49 am).
There have been five previous games played between England and Norway. The head to head is evenly split with two wins each and a draw. Their most recent meeting was in a 2017 friendly which Norway won 1-0. This will be their third meeting at the Women’s World Cup with them having picked up one win each. Norway’s happened in the 1995 edition, England getting their success four years ago in Canada.
Norway, of course, are not to be taken lightly. They are in the quarter finals for a reason. They won two of their three group stage games, the only loss happening against France. In that defeat, the second goal that Norway conceded was a really controversial VAR decision which awarded the French a penalty. The game could have been so different. But here they are.
Norway won the 1995 Women’s World Cup, a campaign in which they beat England along the way. They are a very tidy side and they have shown a lot of composure and quality on the ball, arguably more so than the more scrappy approach of England. Norway needed a penalty shoot out to get past Australia in the round of sixteen, so had to put in a big extra shift to get that done. Will, that have a knock-on effect in this one?
The odds on England Women to beat Norway Women at this World Cup, sees the Lioness go as the 6/5 favourites to pick up the win* (betting odds taken from Betfred on June 24th, 2019 at 2:49 am). It doesn’t look as if it is going to be an easy game for them at all as Norway are going to be tough to knock down. But in their tougher games against France and Australia, the Norwegians couldn’t come up with a win in 90 minutes. England may just be able to take their chances.
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.)
Women’s World Cup 2019, 12th June 5.00pm
The winner of this fixture between Germany and Spain will take full control of Group B at the Women’s World Cup. That is because both of them opened the tournament with a win, Germany taking down China and Spain beating South Africa.
It is the Germans who are the favourites to win, but they will have to sharpen up after a lacklustre opening display. Germany Women to beat Spain Odds are at 4/5* (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.)
It wasn’t the greatest of performances from Germany in their opening World Cup match. They were expected to come out and put a domineering performance on the board, but that has never happened. Germany had to settle for a 1-0 success over China. It could of course, just have been a matter of working their way into the tournament and pacing themselves for a deep run.
But they will need to start turning it up a little bit in this one against tougher opposition that is Spain. Actually, the success over China continued a trend of some fairly low key wins that Germany have recorded recently. Across their last five games, Germany have won four of them, drawing the other game in that sequence. But three of the four successes that they picked up in that run of games were only by the one-goal margin.
The odds on Germany Women to beat Spain women by a one goal margin are at 13/5* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.). While they had taken a clean sheet in three of their last five games, their defence was exposed against China but were let off the hook. China had their chances to really rattle the Europeans, but just never had on their shooting boots on the day. Germany need a better performance for their self confidence and belief. A victory here will see them take control of their group.
Spain had to come from behind in their opening World Cup fixtures, to produce a 3-1 success over South Africa. Spain conceded the opening goal of the game in the 25th minute and it wasn’t until deep into the second half that they managed to get a response on the board.
Spain got their equaliser in the 70th minute from the penalty spot when star striker Jennifer Hermoso slotted home a penalty. Just 30 minutes later Spain had a second spot kick which Hermoso also converted. Where would Spain have been without those spot kicks?
Spain put the game beyond reach in the 89th-minute substitute Lucia Garcia got their third of the game. Just ahead of the start of the World Cup Spain had put together a three-match undefeated streak of form, with a W1 D2 record. The two drawn games in that sequence came against Canada and Japan, two of the stronger sides are taking part in the tournament.
So Spain can be very pleased with their effort recently, but can they really take it a step further to cause an upset? Germany have won all but two of their last thirteen games and they look as if they have more gears to go up into.
Germany to win: The Germans need to do a lot better than they did in that opening game. The odds on Germany women to beat Spain Women are at 4/5* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.) just enough for putners to consider?
Maybe in having to step up in what they will see as being a more competitive match, we will see more from Germany. Germany Women to win by a one-goal margin.