Germany & England are set to collide in FIFA Women's World Cup 3rd-place match, a small consolation for their crushing losses in the semis. We preview the soccer odds and serve up our soccer picks.
Germany Heavily Favored
Germany go into the third-place match of the world finals as the prohibitive favorites to win outright across sports betting platforms. Bet365 offers a Germany win at -188 while William Hill takes it a step further with -225 soccer odds to win outright.
Germany were the pre-tournament favorites, and they maintained that favorable nod throughout the competition, right through to the semis where they lost to the USA. Indeed, as the tournament got off the ground they pulled ahead of USA in World Cup betting markets as the team to beat. They set alight group play with a tremendous offensive display and muscled past two European heavyweights in the knockouts Sweden and France before their tournament came to an abrupt and screeching halt against the Americans.
The 2-0 loss to the USA was a devastating blow to the pre-ordained favorites. The match got off to a high tempo, with both sides attacking and defending stoically. Germany had the opportunity to take the lead initially, but Celia Sasic, the tournament's top scorer with six goals, sent her penalty kick wide. USA scored mere minutes after that and the Germans never quite recovered.
It's going to be a difficult disappointment to bounce-back from but that's exactly what the Germans will have to do against England if they hope to finish their tournament on a positive note. Third-place may not have been the original intention of their campaign, but it's certainly better than nothing.
England Punch Above Weight Class
The Three Lionesses have been a revelation in this tournament. Going into the world finals, few soccer bettors held out much hope for England's chances. Heck, even odds makers snubbed them a touch as they persistently held them at +2000 soccer odds to win outright.
England fell into in a tough group with France, Mexico and Colombia, overcoming which was going to be challenging. After the group stage, there was the small matter of a history of repeated failures in the knockouts to overcome as well. Yet, somehow, England navigated through these challenges admirably. Better than most expected as they pushed all the way to the semis, beating the soccer odds in the process.
The win over hosts Canada, arguably, was their best match of the tournament. It set them up for a brilliant showdown with defending champions Japan and must have also them into the final four on a wave of confidence and optimism.
What transpired in the semis will go down as the most heartbreaking loss ever in the history of the Three Lionesses. England gave Japan all it could handle and looked to be the better team, especially in the second half. Just as the match looked like it was headed into extra time, however, an own goal by Lauren Bassett in the dying seconds of stoppage time sent Japan into the finals and left the Three Lionesses in bits on the pitch. An attempted clearance flew over Bardsley's head, hit the crossbar and trickled into the net.
It's hard to imagine how England will recover from such a crushing defeat in time for this highly-anticipated third-place match. But they'll have to if they hope to accomplish their nation's best-ever finish at the world finals at the expense of a highly fancied Germany. As it is, odds makers aren't giving England much of a shot. Matched at +425 at Bet365 and at even higher +450 soccer odds at William Hill, the Three Lionesses are extreme underdogs. Almost absurdly so given their form in the tournament.
Soccer Betting Verdict
On paper, Germany are the better team. That justifies their favorable soccer odds as well as the significant public backing across sports betting platforms. On an emotional level, a win by England would be something of a vindication. A just reward for their impressive account and unfortunate defeat to Japan in the semis. Call us sentimental, but we're going with England at +450 at William Hill to get their just validation at these world finals.
Soccer Free Picks: England to win at +450 at William Hill