You could argue that the women’s World Cup kicked off properly last night with the malevolent weather and the USA’s 13-0 victory.
Ordinarily it would be referred to as a men against boys clash but obviously we can’t do that here. That game is potentially proof that 24 teams is not only unwieldy for a World Cup format but that the women’s game does not have the depth to offer a competitive tournament with that many teams.
The USA game aside most matches have seen one team dominate in terms of key stats while struggling to actually get in the goals until late on. The teams with the so called flair players have found it hard to get the better of well organised teams like New Zealand and this means that the odd counter-attack goal could see a relatively minor nation pull off a shock at some point. That may not be today though as the winners of the first games in Groups A and B meet each other as do the losers from Group A.
There are so many imponderables that going heavy on any result or scoreline would be unwise, whereas small punts on long shots may prove worthwhile once we’ve seen each team play a couple of times. As such we’ll go for a watching brief today. Nigeria v South Korea seems unlikely to be a match that would have a major bearing on the tournament as a whole but we’ll keep an eye on it this afternoon. Germany v Spain and France v Norway follow after with the ‘home’ sides among the favourites in the outright market. Norway seem big at circa 10/1 but it’s hard to gauge just how important their opening win was so we’ll leave that alone for today.
Published on: Jun 12, 2019 @ 07:35