South Africa (0-0-2) vs. Germany (2-0-0)
Monday, June 17 12 PM EST
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra App, Fox, FutbolTV (U.S.)
Free Soccer Pick: OVER 2.5 -300
Recommended Sportsbook: Bet365
Germany are steaming ahead in France, collecting maximum points after two rounds of group action. Victories over China and Spain have secured the German women’s national team top spot in group A and a spot in the knockout rounds.
As it stands, Germany are sat lotus in Group A with a 2-0-0 mark that includes scoring two goals (one in each game) and conceding none. At first glance, that does seem rather thrifty on the offensive side of the ball given USA’s thrashing of Thailand 13-0 in the first round of Women’s World Cup action that caused a whole lot of stir. However, massive score-lines aren’t really the norm anymore in the current women’s game. On the whole, most matches have been close affairs decided by few goals.
Needless to say, Germany have the experience and quality to pick up the pace when it matters in the knockout rounds. In their first two games, they weren’t clinical but their backline was extremely difficult to penetrate. Spain and China are no slouches in the competition but they came up short.
With advancement secured Germany will face no pressure in this final group encounter. This could be the chance for the squad to let loose on the offensive side of the ball and find form for the knockouts.
Bookmakers send Germany into this match as the runaway favourites to win straight up at -1000 with Bet365. On the flipside, South Africa for the unlikely victory are trading as the +2500 underdogs and the draw is on offers of +750.
South Africa are sat at the bottom of the group following defeats to Spain and China. They opened their bid with a 1-3 defeat to the Spanish hopefuls and then followed up with a narrow 0-1 loss to China.
To all intents and purposes South Africa’s campaign looks to be over. With China and Spain tied on three points, second spot and a place in the knockouts will be decided by the pair on match day 3.
To be fair, expectations were low for the Banyana Banyana for their first-ever World Cup appearance. Although they haven’t shied away from the competition and have players that can make a difference it looks to be an uphill climb.
There is a small chance South Africa could go through to the knockouts as one of the four best third-place teams, but their minus 3 goal differential means they would need to deliver a thumping to Germany in order to improve that column for consideration and some help from Spain and China in their match. How likely is that?
As mentioned above, the German backline is one of the best in the competition. Spain dominated the ball but still couldn’t crack the defense. China failed similarly. Add to that the fact that South Africa managed just one goal and conceded four in two games the odds stack up against them even more. Total betting markets show the OVER 2.5 is favoured at -2.5 while the UNDER is trading at +240. Not least, both teams to score has the NO favoured at -225 while the YES is a longshot punt at +162.
In summary, this game is a chance for Germany to flex their muscles and throw down the gauntlet, announce their intentions to the competition. Group B, on paper, is one of the tougher groups but Germany has navigated a careful and exact course. They’ll want to finish group action on a winning note. However, with soccer odds in quadruple digits to win straight up soccer bettors are best to look towards periphery markets. The OVER 2.5 goals is a solid bet if you agree that this game is a chance for Germany to showcase their offensive prowess.
Soccer Free Picks: Over 2.5 -300 at Bet365