We break down the soccer betting odds as the Women's World Group F gets underway with France taking on England and Columbia taking on Mexico.
Group F Betting Preview
France headline Group F as the top favourites to win the section at -225 soccer odds to win outright. They are also the second overall favourites in pre-tournament betting at +500 to lift the title behind the joint-top-faves Germany and USA. England emerge as the second favourites at +250 to win the section while Mexico and Columbia are matched at +1400 and +2000, respectively.
France -175 vs. England +500; Draw +280
France vs. England is slated to be the match of the day, the popcorn clash on Day 4 of the world finals' betting card. France have the considerable edge at -175 over England at +500 to win, but these are familiar foes. They've met 17 times, including the world finals in Germany four years ago when France beat England in the quarterfinals on penalties en route to a fourth-place finish. France booked their spot in Canada behind a perfect 10-0-0 record, all while scoring 54 goals and conceding just three goals.
In the last seven meetings between France and England, Les Bleus have had the measure of their cross-Channel rivals with an undefeated record. They won four and settled on draws in the remaining three. Les Bleus are riding a two-game winning streak having beaten England 2-0 at the UEFA Women's Championships 2-0 and Cypress Cup 3-0.
France's squad boasts enviable talent and pedigree. Louisa Nacib is a splendind playmaker that has an assortment of weapons in Eugenie Le Sommer, Gaetane Thiney and Marie-Laure Delie (40 goals combined) to set up at will. France's game is fluid, attacking-minded and technically grounded, which can put them ahead of the field very easily. Indeed, there are those soccer bettors that have earmarked France at +500 future odds to win this tournament outright.
Predictably, the soccer odds are stacked against England heavily. Matched at +500 to win outright, the English belles are long shots to pull off the upset. They've had success with the draw, which is trading at +280 and that could be a result the Three Lionesses would happily accept. Except if recent results were any indication, predicting such an outcome is a long shot soccer pick too.
Soccer Picks: France -1 (+150) & Over 2.5 at +115
Mexico +140 vs. Columbia +210; Draw +210
The two long shots in Group F have a great opportunity to improve their standing in the field of competition in round 1 by taking the three points up for grabs in this winnable match. Indeed, both sides are trading just above even money: Columbia are disadvantaged at +240 soccer odds; while Mexico are the notional favourites, albeit at +140 soccer odds. Columbia qualified convincingly for the world finals, which should send them into the competition on a wave of confidence. Where they've come up short is against Mexico. They are winless against their continental rivals in six meetings, including back-to-back friendly matches that they lost in May by a combined score of 5-1. (Yikes).
Consider Mexico's solid record against Columbia and recent form on account of two convincing wins, one wonders why this game isn't cornered firmly in their camp. It beggars belief, honestly. In any event, such undervalued soccer odds as in the case of Mexico in money line betting doesn't often happen in the group stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals. Hence, they are our value soccer pick to win outright.
Soccer Picks: Mexico at +140 & Bet the Handicap Result: Mexico -1 (+375) at bet365