- What: 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final
- Who: Spain vs. England
- Date: Sunday, August 20, 2023
- Location: Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia.
- Time: 6:00 a.m EST
- How to Watch: FOX, FOX Sports, FOXSports.com, and the FOX Sports App
The two teams playing in Sunday’s 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final have not only never won a World Cup before, but neither team has made the World Cup Final. Those clubs are Spain and England. Before we look at the betting breakdown for the game, here is some background on how the teams made it to the 2023 World Cup Final
Spain went 2-1 in the Group Stage, beating Costa Rica and Zambia, but lost to Japan. Spain then topped Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Sweden to make it to the Final. The Spanish team was one of the betting favorites to win the 2023 World Cup, opening with betting odds of +350 before the tournament began.
England was 3-0 during its Group Stage, beating Haiti, Denmark, and China to make it to the Round of 16. England defeated Nigeria after going to penalty shots in the opening round. The club then topped Colombia, and the host squad, Australia, to earn their berth in the Final. England was right behind Spain in pre-event betting odds at +500 to win.
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2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final betting picks
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Team Spain betting breakdown for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final
This year marks the first time Spain has made it past the Round of 16 in the Women’s World Cup. La Roja has been successful this year because the team has been dominant on the offensive side of play. Heading into the Final, the club has held possession at least 60 percent of each game they have competed in during the World Cup. As a whole, Spain leads all teams in possession time percentage at 72 percent. They are also the top team in shots per game at 20.3. No other team put up more than the United States’ 18.5. It will be interesting to see how these numbers differ against a team with a strong midfield like England.
Nine players for La Roja have scored goals during play at this year’s World Cup.
There is some question regarding Alexia Putellas ahead of the Final game. The two-time Ballon d’Or Feminin winner left the semifinal game against Sweden at minute 57, and her replacement, Salma Paralluelo, scored the first goal for Spain in the 81st minute of play. The 19-year-old also picked up the game-winning goal against the Netherlands. With that, Manager Jorge Vilda, has a big decision to make as to which player to start against England.
Team England betting breakdown for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final
There were some worries about England ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup as team captain Leah Williamson did not make the trip to Australia because of injuries. Also ruled out before play began were Fran Kirby and Beth Mead. Despite those players being absent from the roster, England is playing in the World Cup Final for the first time. That’s a testament to the depth and skill of the club and the decision-making of England manager Sarina Wiegman.
England made it to the Final without Lauren James, who picked up a red card against Nigeria and missed the team’s wins over Colombia and Australia. Despite missing two matches in the Knockout Stage, the 21-year-old leads England in both goals (3) and assists (3). Her playing time is 11th on the team at 286 total minutes. James will play in the Final.
The Lionesses are one of the better defensive teams in this year’s World Cup. The team’s tenacity could lead to frustration and mistakes from Spain, who have been accustomed to having offensive success during their run to the World Cup Final.
Best Bets for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final: Spain vs. England
England has been the dominant force in women’s soccer over the past two-plus years. The team’s only loss since April 2021 was a 2-0 defeat to Australia. The Lionesses got that one back in the semifinal round of this year’s World Cup. The squad’s experience, depth, and composure should serve the team well as it looks to win its first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup Title on Sunday in Australia.
England’s experience and ability to control the play is why they are the betting pick to win what should be a tightly contested and hard-fought contest against the more than capable team from Spain. With that being said, the betting odds present value for either team ahead of the match.
Best 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final betting pick: England to beat Spain
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