Women’s World Cup: The 3 best bets from the Round of 16

Our tipster can't understand why Norway aren’t favourites against Australia

Ante Milicic


Norway v Australia

Saturday, 20:00

This is a slightly interesting affair. Both teams came second in their group, both won two and lost one, but I don’t know why exactly the former aren’t favourites or so far out as 9/4 compared to their opponents who are 11/10.

Norway had a harder group and only lost to France, the host nation who are outright favourites. Even without Ada Hegerberg, they have talent such as Guru Reiten (who has performed out of her skin), Isabell Herlovsen and Caroline Graham Hansen. They won against South Korea and Nigeria.

Australia, on the other hand, have Sam Kerr, one of the best players in the world right now, but they lost to Italy, barely beat Brazil (went 2-0 down) and beat a Jamaica squad that are still fundraising for their team.

I just can’t understand the odds on this one at all. Norway have a better all-round side, are strong in defence as well as attack. Apart from Sam Kerr I don’t think Australia look entirely good. Back Norway to win.

Best Bet: Norway to win against Australia – 9/4

Italy v China

Tuesday, 17:00

Italy v China is also an interesting matchup, mainly because the former has suddenly looked very good in this tournament. They haven’t had the pedigree before and are surpassing expectations; they finished first in their group and because of that they face third place China in the knockout stages.

With how they performed against Australia and Jamaica, I can’t see them losing to a China team who only scored one goal in the group stages.

Barbara Bonansea and Cristina Girelli have both lit up Italy’s front line and I expect them to do well here. They are 21/10 and 7/4 respectively to score anytime and both seem a good bet for a goalscorer. However, I’ll be backing Italy on the handicap on -1 at 13/5.

Best Bet: Italy -1 – 13/5

Netherlands v Japan

Tuesday, 20:00

As much as I love Japan, and their technical ability as a team especially on the ball, I just can’t get behind them in this tournament. Argentina held them, and in the first half of the England match they barely made a peep. They only beat Scotland, and some could argue that was by a dubious penalty call.

Netherlands are the Euro 2017 winners and they’ve looked a little uncomfortable at times but a team with Vivianne Miedema, Danielle Van De Donk, Shanice Van de Sanden and Lieke Martens (I could go on) is not a team to be messed with. They beat Canada who hadn’t lost a game since October 2018 and won three out of three of their group games; which only France, England, and USA have done.

The Netherlands are odds-on favourite already at 8/11 and I have a feeling they should be shorter, but with the pedigree Japan have, the odds are probably right. Back them to win and with the Womens Super League and Netherlands record breaker Miedema to score at 17/10.

Best Bet: Netherlands to win and Vivanne Miedema to score anytime – 17/10

Bet Summary

A €/£1 bet on these three selections at the above odds pays €/£31.59.

Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change.

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