With round 2 of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 underway, we cast our eye on Group D matches. Here are our choice soccer picks to spot
Australia +138 vs. Nigeria+163
Nigeria opened their campaign with a minor upset in Group D, holding Sweden to a 3-3 draw as they twice came back from behind in the game. Sweden got off the mark fantastically and raced to a 2-0 lead. But the Super Falcons rallied back and scored two goals to knot the game 2-2. Sweden then pulled ahead once more but the Nigerians quickly responded. Now, Nigeria will attempt to back-up their signature win over Sweden, which incidentally bursts the section wide open, with another win in round 2 over Australia. As it is, they aren't priced out of the soccer betting markets for the potential win even though they enter the game as the +163 underdogs. The Aussies are only notionally favoured at +138 soccer odds to win outright. The draw however is trading at +275.
Australia are currently bottom of the group after a 3-1 loss to USA in their opener. However, with both Nigeria and Sweden boasting a point, the three points up for grabs in this game could propel the Aussies up the table. The Matildas have room for optimism as they played a solid first half with the USA before succumbing to the hefty loss. If they can reproduce the first 30 minutes of that game for the duration of this match, they could thwart the lethal Nigerians.
Soccer Betting Verdict: Two groups into round 2 and there have been significant upsets in the competition. Nigeria must fancy their chances in what is a winnable game for them in our opinion and at +163 soccer odds they are the tempting soccer pick.
Soccer Pick: Nigeria +163 & Over 2.5 -211
USA -222 vs. Sweden +600; Draw +320
The soccer betting line on this game is rather lopsided. USA appear to be overpriced at -222 while Sweden seems severely undervalued at +600. Even the draw is trading high at +320. Fact is, this should be a much closer soccer betting line in our opinion as these are two of the top favourites in group D.
USA are off to a winning start at the world finals, but their first opponents were Australia. They'll face a much tougher test in Sweden in round 2. The Swedes come into the world finals behind a perfect 10-0-0 qualifying campaign and conceding just one goal. They got more than they bargained for in their opener with Nigeria. Perhaps, they underestimated the Soaring Falcons, as did odds makers.
Whatever the cause behind the misstep in round 1 that saw them frit away a two-goal lead and certain three-points, they're sure to be more focused in this game. This is a must-win game if they hope to reach the knockout stages. If there's something the Swedes can draw inspiration on it is a 1-0 win over USA at the Women's Algrave Cup.
Soccer Betting Verdict: This match is sure to be closer than the soccer odds makers would suggest. USA may be the favourites, but don't write off the Swedes just yet. This one could be another upset to spot on your soccer picks.
Soccer Picks: Sweden to won at +600 & Draw or Sweden win at + 163 at bet365