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Women’s World Cup: Betting preview

Germany and the USA head up the list of favourites to win the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup, as the Americans attempt to go one better than their 3-1 penalty shoot-out defeat to Japan in the 2011 final.

Silvia Neid, German head coach since 2005, guided her charges to the top of Group B, demolishing the Ivory Coast by ten goals to nil along the way, to set up a round of 16 tie against Sweden. Her side are firm favourites with the bookies to lift the trophy in Vancouver on 5 July. Most have them priced at 7/4, though best odds are at 5/2 with 888sport.

German hot-shot Célia Šašić is also in line to win the tournament’s golden boot after a fine hat-trick in the game against the Ivory Coast. Despite having scored one goal fewer than her compatriot, Anja Mittag, she is favourite for the accolade at 7/4 with 888sport, Unibet and Bwin.

The USA find themselves second favourites at best odds of 11/4, offered by a number of bookmakers including Winner and Bwin. Coached by Jill Ellis, the Americans will be confident of dispatching Colombia in the first knock-out stage, and are 1/6 favourites with Bet365. A bet on Colombia would not be fanciful, however, especially at odds of 22/1 with Vernons, Winner and Titanbet. The South Americans saw off much-fancied France 2-0 in the group stages with a victory that will leave them quietly confident of springing a surprise.

The tournament’s Canadian hosts will take on Switzerland on Monday. Marathon offer the best price for both sides, making Canada 21/25 favourites to progress over the 4/1 Swiss, who could find the talents of Christine Sinclair and Jessie Fleming too hot to handle.

England have drawn Norway after finishing second to France in Group F on goal difference. Pre-match sparring in the media began in earnest yesterday, as England coach Mark Sampson claimed England possess “weapons to hurt” Norway, before being trumped by a boast from the Danish newspaper VG Sporten: “Are you girls ready for a hell of a beating?”

The Three Lions are slim favourites with the bookies, priced at 8/5 with William Hill compared to 9/5 for a Norwegian victory. England will be hopeful that goalscoring midfielder Karen Carney and the leadership of Steph Houghton will see them through the challenge that Norway represent.

Tom Lewis
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