Can Switzerland spring a surprise on the hosts Canada in the R16 of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada? Find out as we preview the soccer betting markets for this game and serve up our soccer picks.
Canada Hot Faves?
Canada enter the R16 clash with Switzerland as the hot favourites to win outright at -138 soccer odds. They are also amongst the top six favourites to win the coveted title at +1400 futures on the World Cup odds board. Do the bookies have it right or are they being over indulgent where the host nation is concerned?
Canada opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over China PR, largely down to a contentious penalty. In the second round, the Canadians suffered a minor setback behind a scoreless draw to group minnows New Zealand. If there were a game they were supposed to win, that was it. In the last round, they suffered a second straight setback behind a 1-1 draw to Netherlands. Fortunately, their 1-2-0 record in the competition was enough to win group A ahead of China PR with a 1-1-1 record. Talk about flying by the seat of your pants.
To say that the Canadians have played up to their perceived weight class and favourable soccer odds would be a gross misrepresentation. The opposite would be closer to the truth. They've been somewhat underwhelming. That could be a combination of several things, mainly the pressure of expectation and home advantage. It's not that they aren't a good team. Their bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics attests to their undeniable quality and talent. We've just not seen it in full flight yet.
Switzerland Dangerous Floaters
Switzerland enter the R16 as the +375 underdogs on the Women's World Cup betting board, a rather disingenuous price tag all things being considered. Granted they are debutants, but they're through to the knockouts in their first appearance at the finals and that is commendable. Some allowances have to be made for falling into a tough group C that included defending champions Japan and plucky Cameroon.
Switzerland finished in third place behind a 1-0-2 mark and three points. They opened with a respectable 1-0 loss to Japan before bouncing back with a 10-1 win over Ecuador – a win that marked one of the biggest scores in the history of the finals. In the last round, they lost a nail-bitter with Cameroon 2-1.
If there's one thing the Swiss can bank on it's that they are solid on both sides of the ball. Against Japan they defended exceptionally and in the second game against Ecuador they put on a veritable offensive clinic. The last game against Cameroon was a bit of both and some luck. All these qualities make Switzerland a very dangerous floater, so don't be fooled by their soccer odds into complacency. This is a side that can spring a surprise on the hosts.
Soccer Betting Verdict
Switzerland may be debutants but they are dangerous floaters in this competition and should prove a sticky obstacle for the Canadians to overcome. If not deliver the outright upset to send seismic shockwaves through soccer betting markets and coast-to-coast in Canada.
Indeed, the Swiss must fancy their chances after witnessing Canada's run through group play. Canada clinched group A with the fewest points of all the group leaders and, most concerning for home fans, with the fewest goals scored. In three games they scored just two goals and conceded one.
On the defensive-side of the ball, Canada can be confident. On the offensive-side of the ball, they've got a lot of problems and if they don't find their scoring feet they could be out of the competition in the first round of the knockouts. Especially if the Swiss start to fire at all cylinders.
Canada is definitely the popular soccer pick, but we're fading the public and banking on the Swiss to spring the surprise at +375 soccer odds.
Soccer Picks: Swiss at +375 at Bet365