The eighth edition of the Women’s FIFA World Cup begins early Saturday morning (AEST) with host nation France taking on South Korea. While that particular match doesn’t hold much betting value, we believe we’ve found some futures markets that are well worth some investment. Check out our best bets for the World Cup below and good luck to everyone following!
We kick things off with the main market here, that being the outright winner of the World Cup. Most agencies have four teams as the main contenders - USA ($4.50), France ($4.50), Germany ($6), and England ($8). In case you’re wondering, our Matildas are fifth favourite at BetEasy at $15!
Of all the contenders, it’s really hard to look past the current champions, USA. They won the most recent World Cup in Canada in 2015 and were the runners-up in Germany in 2011. They’ve won the World Cup three times and their worst finish from eight attempts is third place (’95, ’03, ’07). They’re currently the number one ranked team in the world according to FIFA.com’s official rankings table and look to be the best play if you’re keen on tackling the outright market.
It’s always a hard task to pick the player of the tournament before it starts, simply because it nearly always goes to a player that’s from one of the two finalists. That said, we can still zone in on a few key players from the countries that we believe will be fighting it out at the business end of the tournament.
There are six players with single-figure quotes at BetEasy, these are: Alex Morgan (USA), Amandine Henry (France), Carli Lloyd (USA), Dzsenifer Marozsan (France), Eugenie Le Sommer (France), Sydney Leroux (Canada).
Keeping with the theme that USA will win the World Cup, we see Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd as the best bets here. Of the two, we favour Lloyd. She’s a 2x Women’s Player of the Year winner (2015, 2016) and was runner-up in 2017. She won the Player of the Tournament at the 2015 Wolrd Cup, as well as the Golden Boot, and we expect her to have another really good tournament here.
The Golden Boot trophy is awarded to the most prolific goal scorer at the World Cup. Much like the Player of the tournament, the Golden Boot winner is usually from one of the four semi-finalists, simply because they play more matches than the other teams. The favourites to win the Golden Boot are very similar to that of the Player of the Tournament.
While we could again choose to side with an American, our Aussie pride has taken over and we’re going to be focussing on Sam Kerr. Sister of former Aussie Rules star Daniel, Sam Kerr is a superstar in her on right. She’s become one of the deadliest female strikers on the planet, winning both the W-League Golden Boot and NWSL Golden Boot in 2017 and 2018. If Australia can manage a deep run in the World Cup (which they’re more than capable of doing), then expect Kerr to be right in the mix for the Golden Boot.
All Aussies want to ride with their country at the World Cup, and we believe we’ve found a market that allows us to do so with a great chance of winning. The Matildas have been drawn alongside Brazil, Italy, and Jamaica in Group C, which may seem like a group of death if you’re familiar with men’s soccer, but it’s actually quite favourable in women’s soccer. Australia are ranked as the 6thbest team in the world according to FIFA.com’s official rankings table, and their recent form suggests they should be even higher than that. Meanwhile, Brazil are ranked 10th, Italy 15th, and Jamaica 53rd. The Matilda’s are the $1.90 favourites to finish on top of Group C, which we believe is really nice value.
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