Australia were the first team to suffer an upset at the Women’s World Cup 2019 as they slipped to defeat against Italy in their opener. So now that puts huge pressure on them in what has suddenly exploded into being a highly competitive group. Can they make amends against Brazil who haven’t been in good form at all, but who opened with a very good win over Jamaica? Read our Australia Women v Brazil Women betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.)
Their opening defeat against Italy was a huge hammer blow for Australia who had been pegged as one of the tournament dark horses. Australia had opened the scoring as well through their young goal scoring superstar Sam Kerr but then just couldn’t hold on. Italy came back at them in the second half and scored the winner in the 95th minute. So that leaves Australia with a lot of work to do now to break into the top two.
This could be incredibly difficult to do if they were to suffer a defeat against Brazil in this one. The way the tournament is set up, the fourth best third-placed teams will also qualify for the round of 16. So there is still that route open to them and knowing that they have an easy game to round off with against Jamaica will keep their belief up.
The thing about Australia is that they do have great scoring power about them, but their defence does look slightly unreliable. Australia just hit a bit of bad form now at the wrong time, having lost three in a row. Prior to the start of the World Cup, they had faced the United States and the Netherlands in international friendlies and lost both of those heavily.
So the Matildas are going to have to dig really deep to come up with a response. They had been on a four-match winning streak prior to that, scoring 14 goals in those four fixtures. Australia have only failed to score in one of their last eight games now, scoring a least two goals in six of their last eight.
Brazil were in some poor form heading to 2019 Women’s World Cup. They had lost seven games in a row since October last year and a fair chunk of those defeats were against some of the front runners to win this summer’s tournament. But they pulled things together on the day in their opening fixture of the tournament against Jamaica, securing a 3-0 victory. They actually looked pretty impressive and together in that game, but of course will face much stiffer challenges than what the Caribbean nation put up against them. Striker Christiane became the oldest scorer of the World Cup hat-trick as she got all three of Brazil’s goals against Jamaica.
They were struggling for goals leading up to the World Cup scoring a one-goal only across their three games ahead of the tournament. They were in competitive action earlier this year when they faced England, Japan and the United States at the SheBelievesCup, Brazil losing each of those games. Now the big question about them is whether or not they are going to be able to turn out a better performance against stronger team that is Australia. If they were to do so they would fully take control of this group. Brazil incidentally didn’t use striker Marta in their opening fixture.
It will be interesting to see if Australia can play to their potential in this one. A win against Jamaica proves nothing really that Brazil have turned the corner from their poor run of form. Australia to win this fixture still looks a decent proposition, especially with them being the more desperate of the two to find a winner.
10th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting