France vs. Norway, Germany vs. Spain and Australia vs. Brazil are some of the interesting clashes of the second matchday of the competition. Super Falcons need a win against South Korea
With the first round of the FIFA Women’s World Cup wrapping up today after USA’s unprecedented 13-0 thrashing of Thailand, the globe’s main women’s national teams head again to the pitch to either come closer to securing a spot in the next Group matchday of the competition or start packing their bags. After losing 3-0 to Norway in the first round, Nigeria must win to keep their dream of advancing alive. However, rivals South Korea are in the same situation following their 4-0 defeat to hosts France.
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This Wednesday, 12 June, kicks off with some very interesting Group Stage Matchday 2 matches. Two-time World Cup winners Germany face Spain hoping to earn 3 more points after a tight 1-0 triumph over China in the first round. On the other side, Spain have a solid 3-1 first match win over South Africa to show for. Odds favour the Germans at 2.05, with the Spaniards priced at 3.35.
Next up, another interesting line-up: France vs. Norway. Playing at home, Les Bleues comfortably lead bets at 1.317 against Norway’s 9.00 odds, despite the 1995 World Cup-winning Scandinavians being a traditional and always tough side to play against. In the first round, France downed South Korea 4-0, whereas Norway defeated Nigeria 3-0.
Speaking of the Super Falcons, they desperately need a win against South Korea, particularly since Round 3 opponents will be hosts France. Priced at 3.35, they are the underdogs against the Asian side, who are listed at 2.05 to be the victors of the match. A draw, on the other hand, is priced at 3.40, according to Oddsshark.
On Thursday, 13 June, we have what should make for an intriguing clash – Australia vs. Brazil – and odds reflect this. The Socceroos need a win after their surprising 2-1 loss to Italy. On the other side, though, they will be facing Brazil, who displayed some solid football in their 3-0 triumph over Jamaica. The Aussies are at 2.05 to take the match, whereas Brazil’s odds to come out on top are priced at 3.15. The day concludes with South Korea facing China, with the latter leading the stakes at 1.45, while South Africa’s odds to win are at a distant 7.50.
Will Italy show they really mean business?
After a two-decade absence in World Cups, Italy surprised many fans after their last-minute stoppage time winner against favourites Australia in their first round 2-1 victory. The question now is, can they keep playing at this level and take down Jamaica this Friday, 14 June?
Odds surely back this, with Le Azzurre priced at 1.18 to win the game. In contrast, the Caribbean-side are the clear underdogs at a remote 20.00.
Winners of the 2011 edition of the World Cup played in Germany, Japan are looking to redeem themselves after a disappointing goalless draw against Argentina in the first round, especially since the Argentines had failed to qualify to the 2011 and 2015 championships.
Odds back the Japanese side, who face Scotland in Rennes also on Friday. Nadeshiko Japan, as they are known, stand at 1.53 to claim the match, whereas their European opponents have a 7.00 probability of coming out on top, according to Oddsshark.
England square off against Argentina on Friday’s last match
This Group Stage week’s Matchday 2 matches of the France-hosted FIFA Women’s World Cup come to an end with England facing Argentina in Le Havre. Ranked 3rd in the FIFA rankings, the English side will enter the pitch confident following their 2-1 defeat of Scotland. On the other side of the pitch will be the Argentinians, only the 37th best women’s team in the world, according to FIFA.
The South American squad, who lost their previous six World Cup matches in the 2003 and 2007 editions of the tournament, showed a lot of heart in their 0-0 draw against Japan.
Regardless of their grit, though, they are the true underdogs to take the match at 26.00, whereas the competitive English women’s team is priced at 1.08 to claim three more points.
FIFA Women’s World Cup Matchday 2 weekday fixtures and odds:
Wednesday, 12 June
(3.35) Nigeria x South Korea (2.05); draw (3.40)
(2.05) Germany x Spain (3.35); draw (3.75)
(1.317) France x Norway (9.00); draw (4.75)
Thursday, 13 June
(2.05) Australia x Brazil (3.15); draw (3.50)
(7.50) South Africa x China (1.45); draw (4.20)
Friday, 14 June
(1.53) Japan x Scotland (7.00); draw (3.75)
(20.00) Jamaica x Italy (1.19); draw (8.50)
(1.08) England x Argentina (25.00); draw (9.50)