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EXPERT TIPS: FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

THIRD PLACED PLAY OFF MATCH PREVIEW | AUSTRALIA V SWEDEN

The fairytale runs for both of these teams came to an end on Wednesday, but the chance for a late celebration is still vitally important.

Australia dared to dream when a Sam Kerr thunderbolt rocketed them back into the match against England, only for the Lionesses’s to steady and close it out 3-1.

Sweden went down 2-1 to the impressive Spain having previously eliminated tournament favourites the USA, and the exciting Japan along the way.

Sweden were runners up in 2003 and have won a third placed play off on three other occasions, including the previous tournament in 2019. For Australia, this is a first trip to this stage of a World Cup.

These sides have met three times in World Cup matches, with Sweden winning twice and the sides one draw (2015).

Sweden have scored 12 times at this World Cup, conceding four goals along the way. Australia have scored 10 times with six conceded.

For Australia, Alanna Kennedy missed out on the squad against England due to illness and it remains to be seen whether she recovers in time to face Sweden.

One imagines having played the full 90 minutes against England, Sam Kerr will be good to go for another starting role in this match.

It is another tricky game to pick, but Australia’s flow through the last four to five matches, and the opportunity to forge new ground might see the sneak a result and produce their best ever World Cup finish.

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WOMEN’S WORLD CUP OVERVIEW

The biggest event of the year hits Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand as the FIFA Women’s World Cup takes over two countries and goes into the Southern Hemisphere for the first time with storylines everywhere you look; the first Women’s World Cup to have 32 nations in the tournament leading to 8 countries making their debut, record breakers such as Brazilian legend Marta playing in her 6th World Cup, and all countries looking to dethrone the almighty American squad looking to make history by being the first team, Men’s or Women’s, to win 3 consecutive World Cups.

While the major talking point heading into the tournament has been centered around knee injuries with some of the biggest names missing (such as Henry, Kirby, Mead, Miedema, Sauerbrunn and Williamson), now that we have hit the eve of the tournament, all the focus is on the unanswered questions of the most open World Cup in recent memory. Can the USA make history and send icon Megan Rapinoe into retirement with yet another winner’s medal? Can the Lionesses overcome injuries to add a World Cup to their 2022 Euros title? Can defending Olympic Champions Canada shock their southern neighbours in a major tournament once again? Will perennial powerhouses France, Germany, Spain and Sweden make the biggest impact, or will it be newcomers such as the Irish Girls in Green, the Filipinas under Alen Stajcic representing the Philippines at their first ever World Cup (Men’s or Women’s) or the Copper Queens of Zambia stealing the show? And most importantly, how far can the Matildas go on home soil, or will the Football Ferns cause a surprise and take the ANZ bragging rights?

Outright Winner Best Back – USA

It is painful to say, but it is hard to look past the Americans taking the trophy home for a third straight time. Any other country would have a dearth of talent if they lost a single player of the ilk of captain Becky Sauerbrunn, Sam Mewis, Kristen Press or Mallory Swanson, who combine for an incredible 542 caps for their country; but the depth that coach Vladko Andonovski has at his disposal is unparalleled. Despite coming off a disappointing Olympic campaign in Tokyo where they had to settle for Bronze after losing to eventual winners and local rivals Canada, the US has still maintained the #1 position in the world rankings since June 2017.

Wins in the 2022 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup (getting their revenge against Canada in the final) and the 2023 She Believes Cup (again defeating Canada, as well as Brazil and Japan) are offset by losses in the last 12 months against fellow contenders England, Germany and Spain; despite this showing that there is no longer the air of invincibility around the Americans as there was 4 years ago in France, their strength across the park by having a top 10 player in each position makes it impossible to bet against them.

Outright Winner Best Lay – England

The current European champions and World #4 are coming into this tournament with an injury depleted squad. “But wait, the USA also have injuries and you still have them as favourites?” Valid, but the injuries the Lionesses have are far more detrimental and harder to replace compared to the Americans. Fran Kirby, Beth Mead and Leah Williamson can all be argued as the best player in the world in their position, and all of whom have been in the first XI for years.

With the retirement of all-time leading goalscorer Ellen White following last year’s Euros triumph, attacking responsibilities will fall heavily on Women’s Super League Player of the Season and Golden Boot winner Rachel Daly, but historically Daly has played at full back for her national team when the aforementioned Mead and Kirby have also featured; this reshuffle has been something coach Sarina Wiegmann has been coming to grips with over the past 12 months. With a relatively easy group to find their footing, the Round of 16 match will be their first real challenge where they are bracketed to play either Australia or Canada should results go as expected, and it is in these matches against fellow contenders where the loss of such quality will really come to hurt them, particularly after losing to the Matildas in April.

Best Australian Back – Back Australia To Reach Semi-Finals

This is it. Since Tony Gustavsson took the reins in 2020, he highlighted that all team selections and tactical decisions were based around getting the team to perform at the biggest competitions. None are bigger than the World Cup on home soil, and in previous tournaments he has a mixed record: a great success by reaching the semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics, but then a massive negative by bowing out in the quarter finals of last year’s Asian Cup. Compared to the other title contenders, the Matildas come into the tournament largely unscathed on the injury front, with Elise Kellond-Knight the only omission from the squad. The strength of the side undoubtedly lies on the wings, with fullbacks Carpenter and Catley going forward and overlapping Foord and Raso to provide the service for Sam Kerr. The 1-0 win against world #5 France in the warm-up match will be another confidence boost, but some questions still remain.

Mackenzie Arnold seems to have won the goalkeeper battle to start in goals over Lydia Williams, but the centre of the park is still open for 2 players to make their own. With her versatility, Cooney-Cross appears to be one of the locked in starters at centre mid, but will the tenacity of Gorry, technique of van Egmond, or creativity of Chidiac be her partner in the fulcrum of the formation that ebbs between a 4-5-1 out of possession and a 4-2-4 in attack. And of course there is the role of superstar Sam Kerr; the Matildas have looked at their best in the past 12 months when allowing Kerr to come deep and involve herself in the play, opening up space for the likes of Foord, Raso and Fowler to bomb forward, before Kerr herself begins to linger forward as the defense tries to adapt. With the home support and much of the squad at the peak of their powers, and wins over fellow contenders England and France in the last 12 months, the Aussies are in a great position to deliver their best result at a World Cup.

Value Bet – Back Sweden To Reach Semi-Finals

Despite being battered by eventual champions England in the semi-finals of last year’s Euros, world #3 Sweden maintained their great consistency; since 2010, they have reached the semi-finals at 6 of the 9 major tournaments in that span (Euros, Olympics and World Cups). Undoubtedly their depth in attack is as strong as any of the other contenders: Fridolina Rolfo being the feature on the wing with Stina Blackstenius likely to play opposite her in support of Lina Hurtig; but the likes of Jakobsson, Blomqvist and Janogy can also be rotated in without much loss of quality. The biggest issue for the Blue and Yellow is the void left by keeper Hedvig Lindahl who is all but retired, with no clear replacement for the 193-cap stalwart. Chelsea keeper Zecira Musovic would appear to be the heir apparent but having predominantly been 2nd choice at club level has meant that locally based Jennifer Falk in also in contention. Both have an equal amount of starts since last year’s Euros, where the Swedes have had a real mixed bag of results; most notably a strong win against France, a dismantling by Australia, and draws against fellow contenders Spain, Germany and Norway.

Much like the stereotype attributed to German teams of being “competition teams” where their friendly results do not indicate how well they go when the results truly matter, the Swedes should not be underestimated going into the tournament; particularly with one of the easiest groups to progress from.

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Betting Predictions & Tips

Introduction:

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup is just around the corner, and the anticipation is building up among soccer fans worldwide. As the tournament approaches, the excitement surrounding the games is matched by the betting predictions and strategies that come into play. In this blog post, we will dive into expert tips and insights for successful betting during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, providing you with a unique perspective and connecting it back to Betfair’s offerings.

Understanding the FIFA Women’s World Cup:

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Analyzing Australia’s Prospects:

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Key Matchups and Predictions:

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Conclusion:

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