Germany are off to a flying start at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015. Join us as we preview round 2 in Group B between Germany and Norway as well as Ivory Coast and Thailand, complete with soccer picks.
Group B Odds
Opening round in Group B delivered no surprises as Germany decimated Ivory Coast 10-0 and Norway routed Thailand 4-0. The commanding performance by the pair of group faves to advance only underscored their soccer odds. Of course, Germany were always the top faves to win Group B outright (they opened at -800 to win Group B and are now up to -1600 to win outright ahead of round 2). Where Germany's soccer odds have seen the most significant movement though is on the World Cup Outright betting markets. Germany and USA came into the tournament level at +300 to lift the title, but after round 1 was put to bed Germany moved ahead, claiming top favourite status with +175 soccer odds to lift the title.
Norway are the second faves at +900, while Thailand are the third faves at +100000 and Ivory Coast the fourth favourites at laughable +500000 on the FIFA Women's World Cup Group Betting board.
Germany -450 vs. Norway +1000; Draw +500
Two-time world champions Germany look to underscore their favourable odds in the competition proper with a second straight win in group play. As it is, odds makers have them firmly installed as the runaway favourites at -450 to win outright. However, former champions Norway figure to be a stern test. More so than the soccer odds would suggest as a +1000 soccer pick to win outright.
Germany have the convincing head-to-head winning five of their last seven meetings, but Norway can draw inspiration from beating Germany 1-0 at UEFA Women's Championships in 2013. They also beat Germany 2-0 at the Women's Algrave Cup in 2008. Positive results against Germany are few and far in between, but Norway will be looking to make a fist of it. They are in second place in Group B and looking to book a spot in the knockouts, so expect a much closer match.
Recommended Soccer Picks:
Germany -2 (+175) on the Handicap Result
Both teams to score +110
Over 2.5 -167
Ivory Coast -163 vs. Thailand +375; Draw +320
Both Ivory Coast and Thailand were embarrassed in the first round, but Ivory Coast got the worst of it in a 10-0 defeat to Germany. It was a rude introduction to their world finals debut, no ifs or buts about it.
Both sides will be looking to bounce back in round 2 of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 when they take to Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa. Three points are up for grabs in this game and that could prove deciding towards the knockout picture. There's everything to play for yet with two more rounds in group play and potential knockout spots through second and third place finishes still available.
Les Elephants have the edge on -163 soccer odds while the Thais are matched at +375 soccer odds. A lot of expectation rides on Ivory Coast to recover from what was the second heftiest defeat in the history of the Women's World Cup. This notion is furthered along by the perceptions about their next opponent Thailand, not exactly a soccer superpower to contend with. Thailand football has barely registered on the radar in both men's and women's fronts.
Recommended Soccer Pick: Ivory Coast -163 at bet365