Friday was a decent day of football all in all, England played well in parts. Japan and Italy were ok too. The form worked out as we thought it might although Scotland didn’t get hammered which meant we didn’t take a chance on Argentina in the end. The predictions of 5-0 England wins were way out of line, although the victory was of course deserved. The main time Argentina sent numbers forward was the moment they were most vulnerable and England took full advantage. Like several teams in this tournament Argentina showed a lack of offensive cunning which meant their decent defensive performance counted for little.
There are just two games today with Holland playing Cameroon and Canada facing New Zealand. The ‘home’ teams in each of those are heavy odds-on favourites which seems fair when it comes to the Dutch but a little offensive when it comes to the Kiwis who are rated 8/1 shots. Canada are not a force in the women’s game unlike say the USA or Japan. This is understandable given the popularity of the sport there and the same applies to New Zealand. However going on form these odds look entirely incorrect.
Canada took a 1-0 win over Cameroon – the worst of the African sides in the tournament – in their opening match while New Zealand suffered a last minute defeat to the Netherlands, again with just a 1-0 scoreline. New Zealand were strong defensively and dangerous on the counter-attack and were unlucky to lose in such circumstances. New Zealand also beat England, albeit in a friendly, just two weeks ago. By a strange quirk of fate Canada, New Zealand and Holland were in the same group in the last World Cup with the Canada – New Zealand fixture ending 0-0.
Although the big odds are tempting the lack of obvious goal scoring opportunities make it hard to back New Zealand to win the match outright. They’re another solid if unspectacular outfit who will not lift the trophy but probably won’t be disgraced at any stage either. Given how hard they are to break down though, as both the English and Dutch teams have proven, we like the look of New Zealand plus a goal on the handicap market.
How we placed our bet
Event: Women’s World Cup – Canada v New Zealand
Betting Market: Handicap
Selection: New Zealand +1
Published on: Jun 15, 2019 @ 04:12