Women's World Cup is set to get off the mark with a whole slew of matchups that avid fans of the beautiful game should spot. Join us as we breakdown the soccer betting card & serve our soccer picks.
Canada vs. China
Host nation Canada kicks off the tournament against China, in what should be a rousing game for the home faithful. Canada may not be the top favourites in the competition – that nod goes to the USA – but they are sure to figure in it significantly, if not win it all with home advantage providing the incentive. You never know. Just because the soccer odds say one thing doesn't mean it's actually going to happen (case-and-point: Japan beat USA in the last World Cup finals, shocking all and sundry).
As it is, Canada are the sixth favourites to win outright at +1200, which warrants a tickle on your soccer picks in outright betting. Canada is well coached and they have the striking Christine Sinclair to lead them. They are the faves to win Group A priced at -250 soccer odds and one has to assume they'll come through on expectations. They've been preparing for this moment since the heartbreaking loss to the USA in 2012 London Olympics semis. It's not going to be an easy opener on day 1 of the competition; China and Holland are joint-second favourites at +600 to win Group A.
China have featured in the knockouts of the World Cup in their last five appearances. They missed Germany 2011, so they'll be looking to make a point. But with Canadian fans out in full force, expect the Canadians to eke out the win over the youthful Chinese squad as the festivities officially get underway.
Soccer Pick: Canada to win -222
New Zealand vs. Holland
New Zealand take on Holland in Group A action with the soccer odds stacked heavily against them. By all accounts, the Kiwis had an easy qualifying campaign, scoring 30 goals and conceding none. The strength of the field of opposition in the Oceania group is suspect, though, so their qualifying campaign can't be taken out of context. The Dutch figure to be a tough obstacle for New Zealand on day 1 to overcome. The Dutch reach Canada 2015 the hard way, emerging from the UEFA zone, which is one of the toughest in the women's game, in second place behind group winners Norway. As a result, they earned a spot in the UEFA playoffs and beat Scotland and Italy to reach the World Cup finals for the first time. This should be a very interesting matchup, but the balance tips correctly in favour of the Oranje women.
Soccer Picks: Holland - 125
Norway vs. Thailand
Norway are one of the teams to spot in the competition after a near-perfect campaign saw them book their seventh appearance at the FIFA finals. The Norwegian side went 9-0-1 to clinch top spot, the only blemish was a 2-0 loss to Netherlands in the final qualifying game, albeit by then the Norwegians were through to Canada 2015 and had little to play for really. Former champions (1995) Norway have a tough group with Germany, Ivory Coast and Thailand. Fortunately, they take on the group's so-called weakest link in game 1, nowhere more so evinced than on the World Cup odds board where they are trading at absurd +10000 soccer odds to win outright. There's few that doubt Norway is going to win. So the best soccer pick here is going to be any soccer odds that revolve around performance. Such as Norway-5.5 at 1.925 at Bet365. Hard to find fault with that.
Soccer Picks: Norway -5.5
Germany vs. Ivory Coast
Predictably, Two-time champions Germany are the favourites at -800 to win Group B and the overwhelming faves to win game 1 of their campaign against Ivory Coast at ridiculous -10000 soccer odds. It's hard to ignore Germany as they attempt to duplicate the World Cup 2014 win by Germany in Brazil. To pull off double FIFA World Cups would be a quite the accomplishment. (They are the top favourites along with USA at +300 to win outright). Underscoring their favourable soccer odds is a perfect qualification campaign that saw them win all ten games with the sort of clinical precision that is specific to German football. With confidence running high and excitement fit to burst, Germany is sure to get of its campaign on a winning note. At the mostly absurd prices trading on a win across all sports betting platforms, soccer bettors would be best to bet on periphery markets such as the double result: Germany to win and 'No' for both teams to score at -250 soccer odds at Bet365.
Soccer Picks: Germany to win and 'No' for both teams to score at -250