Round 2 of the FIFA Women's World Cup concludes with Group F matchups on Saturday. France eyes R16 at the expense of Colombia while England look to salvage their campaign at the expense of Mexico. Here are our choice soccer picks.
France -900 vs. Colombia +2200; Draw +750
France kicked off their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign with a gritty performance over England. Despite the elements (wind, rain and cooler temperatures), not to mention the artificial grass that must have been a nightmare to play on in such weather, France eked out the 1-0 win. Occasionally, showing their flare and panache on both sides of the ball.
Next up is Colombia in round 2 of Group F betting. A win by Les Bleus here would all but guarantee a spot in the R16. As it is, they are the runaway favorites -900 to win game 2 over Colombia. But soccer bettors shouldn't be too quick to dismiss La Cafeteras. They have as much at stake in this game as the French do. After settling on a 1-1 draw with Mexico in game 1 and taking the crucial point, a win in this game could see them leapfrog France into top spot. Indeed, given the unpredictable lay of the land, +750 soccer odds seem rather disingenuous. They don't do justice.
The pair recently met at the 2012 Olympics in the group stage. Although France won the game, they only managed to get one goal by Las Cafeteras. That's winning by the slimmest of margins, hardly a ringing endorsement of these soccer betting lines. What's more, it's the only recent meeting between these two outfits.
The Colombians are riding solid form into the world finals, undefeated in their last six games (includes round 1). If the last few days are any indication, the teams that fell short of the mark in round 1 have come back with a verve and swagger in round 2. Case-and-point: USA were thwarted by Sweden, Germany were stifled by Norway and Thailand rallied to beat Ivory Coast, to name a few. With so much on the line, this is going to be a close one to call. Colombia could serve up another upset at the world finals. Put it this way, you have to love the price tag of +2200. If this soccer pick does come through, it'll be a brilliant payday.
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Double Result: Draw or Colombia win at +600 at Bet365
England -275 vs. Mexico +850; Draw + 333
English football fans must be tired of hearing how badly their national team is doing at the world finals, as yet another national instalment falters at the first hurdle. Three Lionesses lost their opener to France and are faced with a must-win situation against Mexico on Saturday. Although the outcome of game 1 fell in line with the soccer odds – they were the underdogs to begin with, trading at whopping +500 soccer odds.
Mexico were the national favorites at +140 in game 1, but Colombia (matched at +210) held them to the surprise 1-1 draw. As a result, Mexico are under the cosh in game 2 just as the English belles. Only difference is the fact that they have something to show for round 1 and a win in this game together with a win by Colombia over France could see the pair leapfrog to the top of the table and completely flip the script on the European powerhouses.
One can't dismiss either side out of hand in this game. The Three Lionesses are the faves at -275 soccer odds, but the last time they faced Mexico at the World Cup in 2011 they were held to a 1-1 draw. Mexico must fancy their chances, which makes them a tempting soccer pick at +850. Once again, this is a case of the soccer odds being too good not to tickle on our soccer picks.
Mexico at +850
Double Result: Draw or Mexico Win at +220 at Bet365