The USA and the Netherlands are expected to compete for Group E success, but Portugal is capable of springing a World Cup surprise.
Who do Bettors Favor?
Checking out the best-rated online sportsbooks we can see that bettors favor the USA to win Group E by a significant margin. The World Cup holder is rated at anything between -300 and -415 to clinch the four-team group, while the closest rival, Netherlands, is priced at +260. The two underdogs in the group, Portugal and Vietnam, can be wagered at +5000 and +50000 respectively.
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Women’s World Cup Futures Betting Guide
This is the ninth edition of the Women’s World Cup although it will differ from previous tournaments in some significant ways. Not only is it the first to be staged outside the continents of Asia, Europe and North America, and the first to be staged by co-hosts, it is also the first ever to include 32 teams, which brings the number of competitors to the same level as the men’s tournament.
This means that the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will feature eight groups of four teams each, playing one another once, with the top two teams progressing to the knock stages, which get underway on August 5, leading to the final in Sydney on August 20.
With only three opponents to face in the Group stage, it is often vital to get a good start. Based on the men’s tournament, a win and a draw from the three games is generally considered enough to progress, but teams that finish on three points can sneak through, depending on goal difference.
World Cup Group E Betting
It is no surprise to see that the USA is by some distance the favorite to progress from Group E. The four-time champion, the USA has also won the last two World Cups and so is bidding for a hat-trick.
Its main rival in this Group will be the Netherlands, the runners-up at the 2019 tournament. Now coached by Andries Jonker, the Netherlands had little difficulty in qualifying, going unbeaten through their qualifying games, but it has been handed a tough draw against the reigning holders.
Both teams have significant injuries, however. For the USA, the absence of Becky Sauerbrunn will mean that the defense is more vulnerable than usual and much will be expected of the team’s rising star Sophia Smith. For the Netherlands, the injury to Vivianne Miedema is even more of a blow. Miedema is one of the world’s best and her talent and experience will be sorely missed.
So could these injuries leave the door open for a major shock? If there is an upset in Group E, it won’t come from Vietnam, playing in its first World Cup, but Portugal has some promise. It is not at the level of the Netherlands or the USA, but in Tatiana Pinto, it has one of the most reliable and influential midfielders in Europe and although this is the first time Portugal has been at the World Cup, the squad has gained valuable big tournament experience at the European Championships last year.
World Cup Group D Betting
The Group D winners’ market betting is all about European Champions England, now coached by the former Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman, who is bidding for her fourth consecutive final at a major tournament. But strong as England are, they will be missing some key veterans for this campaign, and putting more reliance on the younger members of the squad.
This could mean a slightly unpredictable start to the tournament, as the younger players adjust both to the pressure and the conditions in Australia and New Zealand.
Haiti is unlikely to offer much resistance in the Group, and although China may prove tougher than expected, the main opposition to England will come from Denmark.
On paper, the Danish team is not a match for England, but it does have two things in its favor. The first is that it is trending in the right direction, improving steadily under Laars Sondergaard. The second is that Sondergaard’s team is very hard to break down. It could conceivably get a draw against England or even cause an upset and looks a sure bet to qualify.
World Cup Group H Betting
Germany is one of the tournament favorites, with good reason, although it hasn’t won the World Cup in 15 years and failed to reach the final in the last three tournaments.
There is little doubting the credentials of this German squad, but it hasn’t been in the best of form going into the tournament, and that could leave the door open for a surprise or two along the way in Group H, even if it does eventually qualify.
South Korea reached the final of the Asian Cup, while Morocco can be counted as one of the two best teams in Africa, having reached the CONCACAF final. Colombia, however, looks the best bet here. Linda Caicedo is their young superstar, and she is supported by Mayra Ramirez and Manuela Vanegas. Goals will not be a problem for the team from South America.
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