The R16 line-ups have been set, and with soccer betting lines drawn on the Women's World Cup odds board we look at the entire field and preview the highly anticipated knockouts.
World Cup Odds Moves and Changes
As we head into the knockouts, there have been some significant moves on the Women's World Cup betting board. Predominantly, Germany have separated themselves from USA as the team to beat moving form +300 at the start of the tournament to +225 to win the coveted title, marking their third World Cup title overall.
Two-time champions USA have seen their soccer odds shaved from +300 to +275 to win the title, but they slip into second place on the WC odds board behind Germany as a result. Somewhat surprisingly Japan's soccer odds to win have swelled from +800 to +1200 despite going undefeated in the competition. A run of form they share with Brazil through the group stage, only the South American powerhouse is trading in triple digits at +900 bet365 to win the competition (See Table 1).
Table 1: Tracking World Cup Odds Moves and Changes
Analysing the WC Odds
Obviously, markets don't operate in a vacuum. Soccer odds move based on public perception as well as the perceived measure of each team in the field of competition.
Germany remain the favourites despite drawing Sweden as their first test in the single-match knockout phase. Sweden were touted as one of the teams to spot in the competition but three straight draws in group play and a berth in the knockouts by way of a third place finish takes the shine off their soccer odds.
USA, who are trading as the second faves, have also drawn a tough test in Colombia. Few soccer bettors had Colombia advancing into the knockouts, but the plucky South Americans showed their potential to surprise. Don't count them out on your soccer picks, although it doesn't get tougher than a date with one of the tournament faves USA.
Japan and Holland are set to collide in what is sure to be a tough match in the R16 and one of the clashes to spot in the R16. Japan are bidding to win back-to-back titles, but the Dutch side could spring the surprise in the early knockouts. They are a side with plenty of attacking flair that arrives into the knockouts by way of a third-place finish.
Of all the established favourites in this competition, Brazil appear to have the easiest path into the quarterfinals with a date with Australia. That said Australia survived the group of death (Group D with USA, Sweden and Nigeria) to clinch second spot against the soccer odds.
Host nation Canada also appear to have a favourable matchup with debutants Switzerland, who struggled in Group C and won only one of their three group matches (1-0-2).
Finally, England, who have never won a knockout match in this competition take on a tough customer in Norway. The Norwegians finished second behind Germany, but level on points 7 apiece. If England can get past this tough obstacle, it'll do wonders for their confidence going forward.
So there you have it, the line ups set. The knockouts ready to get underway at the weekend. May the best team win.