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
Australia have been tipped as one of the dark horses of the tournament and they are kicking off in their opener as the odds-on favourites. Australia have exited the World Cup quarter-final stage in each of their last three editions, can they pull better this time around? Italy who are making their World Cup return for the first time in 20 years. Read our Australia Women v Italy Women betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 6th, 2019 at 6:32 p.m.)
Australia had put together a run of four straight victories earlier this year which put them in good stead ahead of the World Cup. They won all three of their games at the Cup of Nations, beating New Zealand, South Korea and Argentina. They did have a more difficult and testing time just ahead of the start of the tournament as they lost back-to-back friendly fixtures against reigning world champions USA and reigning European champions the Netherlands. So overall that leaves Australia with a W4 L3 record in their last seven games. In those two defeats ahead of the World Cup against the USA and the Netherlands, Australia conceded eight goals in total.
But the thing about Australia is that they have great scoring power themselves. Youngster Sam Kerr is one of the leading strikers in the world and if they are able to create chances for her she is going to put them away. Australia have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven games. The one failure to do so came in their 3-0 reverse against the Netherlands in their last warmup match ahead of the World Cup. Australia also have Mary Fowler who is 16, may become the youngest ever player to appear at a World Cup. Australia should be competitive in this group which also contains Brazil.
Italy are nation on the up in the women’s game. It has been 20 years since they last played in the tournament. They have had a really good year as a sign of their progress, remaining undefeated through the calendar year. They also had an easy time in qualifying for the World Cup, powering their way to a win in seven of their first eight qualification matches. The Italians all have not managed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last five fixtures. Overall they have won seven of their last nine fixtures.
Solidly are making good progress and they could be a real threat to Brazil’s qualification hopes in this competitive group. Italy are leaning on a fairly youthful midfield for their World Cup campaign but again that is a hint towards their future. They do have at their disposal Barbara Bonansea who is a winger that can set the entire tournament alight from either flank. While the midfield is on the younger side they have plenty of experience leading the line for them including 29-year-old Cristiana Girelli.
This has the makings of the game and will be interesting to see what Italy can bring to the table against some quality opposition. It is worth backing both teams getting on the scoresheet in the fixture but at the end, the day of should be Australia who edge this.
6th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting