Saturday's round of FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal action features hosts Canada taking on England. The must-see match of the day's soccer betting card by all accounts. Here's our betting preview, complete with soccer picks.
Hosts Canada Hope To Advance
Hosts Canada are through to the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women's World Cup and they'll be looking to give the crowds something to cheer about when they take on England, all while a spot in the semis hangs in the balance.
Canada entered the competition as the fifth overall favourite to win it all at +1200 soccer odds, a combination of their perceived quality as well as home advantage. Going into the R16, their soccer odds swelled up to +1400 in tournament winner's markets. Now, ahead of the quarterfinal round and with the field slimming down to six teams (France and China defeated on Friday), the Canucks are back down to +1200 soccer odds to win it all.
Canada's group campaign left much to be desired behind a 1-2-0 mark and five points. Opening with a 1-0 win over China, the Canucks suffered back-to-back setbacks in the ensuing rounds when they settled on a scoreless draw with New Zealand and a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands. Fortunately, that modest account didn't cost them in the broad spectrum of the competition, managing to win group A regardless and advance into the knockouts.
In the R16, Canada came up against dangerous floaters Switzerland. As predicted, the Canucks didn't have it easy against the Swiss hopefuls, who gave as good as they got. Largely down to the stellar goaltending of Erin Mcleod and a solid defense that sealed the 1-0 win for Canada to come through as the -138 favourites soccer bettors cashed at the sports betting window.
England Aims To Spring Surprise
England's World Cup sojourn is going better than expected. Despite a 1-0 loss to France in their group opener, they bounced back with back-to-back 2-1 wins over Mexico and Colombia, respectively. The 2-1-0 account was enough to secure second place behind France in Group F and passage into the knockouts.
In the knockouts, England found their best form with a convincing 2-0 win over Norway. The match was tipped as one of the toughest to handicap and both teams were trading at +170 soccer odds to win outright. In the end, England proved to be the superior side and they booked their place in the quarterfinals.
It's worth noting that the Three Lionesses entered pre-tournament betting markets as the +2000 soccer pick to win it all. Ahead of the R16, their soccer odds didn't budge at all. And now, ahead of the quarterfinals, they are still incredibly trading as the +2000 soccer pick to win it all. Of all the teams in the 24-field strong, the Three Lionesses are the only ones to have not benefited from a re-evaluation on the World Cup odds board. And, the most crucial titbit, England rank higher than Canada in FIFA/Coca Cola rankings by two spots, in sixth and eighth respectively.
Soccer Betting Verdict:
As it is, this quarterfinal is cornered firmly in Canada's camp at +125 soccer odds. A market evaluation that has everything to do with home advantage, prompting slight bias rather than anything that tangible. After all, the Three Lionesses rank higher in FIFA Coca Cola rankings but enter the game as the significant underdogs at +240 to win outright, all while the draw is trading at +210. Both sides have been defensively sound in this competition, but if there were an edge England has over Canada is on offense. Their attacking intent was undeniable in the R16 and if they take that intensity to the Canadians in the quarterfinals, they can serve up the upset.
Soccer Free Picks: England +240