Women's FIFA World Cup Preview - The Gambling Times

Women’s FIFA World Cup Preview

France plays host to the eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup with the United States looking to defend the trophy they won in Canada four years ago.

Only four teams have ever won the World Cup since the first competition in 1991 – USA (three times, Germany (twice), Japan and Norway, and all four are in France once again.

There are eight groups of four, which then leads onto the last 16 knockout phase made up of the top two from each group.

We take a look at each group, including their odds from BoyleSports – who we also spoke to about the tournament.

“England’s recent victory in the SheBelieves Cup is a good bit of form. It included a draw against the USA and they beat the 2015 runners-up Japan 3-0 as well. We are taking them very seriously this time and wouldn’t be surprised to see them attract more money closer to kick-off,” said BoyleSports’ Lawrence Lyons.

“Scotland would be classed as dark horses at 100/1 but they won their qualification group with 7 wins from 8 and they have a recent victory over Brazil under their belt. It’s a difficult group but third place may even prove enough to go through, so they’re a side whose stock could rise with a good result.”

GROUP A

1 France – odds from BoyleSports – 10/3
Coach:
Corinne Diacre
Star Player: Amandine Henry

2 South Korea – 66/1
Coach:
Yoon Deokyeo
Star Player:
Ji Soyun

3 Nigeria – 250/1
Coach:
Thomas Dennerby
Star Player: Asisat Oshoala

4 Norway – 33/1
Coach:
Martin Sjogren
Star Player: Caroline Graham Hansen

GROUP B

1 China – 50/1
Coach:
Jia Xiuquan
Star Player:
Wang Shuang

2 Germany – 11/2
Coach:
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg
Star Player: 
Dzsenifer Marozsan

3 South Africa – 500/1
Coach:
Desiree Ellis
Star Player:
 Janine van Wyk

4 Spain – 20/1
Coach:
Jorge Vilda
Star Player: 
Irene Paredes

GROUP C

1 Australia – 18/1
Coach:
Ante Milicic
Star Player:
Sam Kerr

2 Brazil – 18/1
Coach:
Vadao
Star Player:
Marta

3 Italy – 50/1
Coach:
Milena Bertolini
Star Player:
Barbara Bonensea

4 Jamaica – 500/1
Coach: Hue Menzies
Star Player:
Jody Brown

GROUP D

1 Argentina – 18/1
Coach:
Carlos Borrello
Star Player: 
Estefanía Banini

2 England – 6/1
Coach:
Phil Neville
Star Player:
Lucy Bronze

3 Japan – 14/1
Coach: 
Asako Takakura
Star Player: 
Mana Iwabuchi

4 Scotland – 100/1
Coach:
Shelley Kerr
Star Player:
Kim Little

GROUP E

1 Cameroon – 500/1
Coach:
Alain Djeumfa
Star Player:
Gabrielle Onguene

2 Canada – 25/1
Coach:
Kenneth Heiner-Moller
Star Player:
Christine Sinclair

3 Netherlands – 12/1
Coach:
Sarina Wiegman
Star Player:
Lieke Martens

4 New Zealand – 66/1
Coach:
Tom Sermanni
Star Player:
Ali Riley

GROUP F

1 Chile – 100/1
Coach:
Jose Letelier
Star Player:
Christiane Endler

2 Sweden – 20/1
Coach:
Peter Gerhardsson
Star Player:
Stila Blackstenius

3 Thailand – 500/1
Coach:
Nuengruethai Sathongwien
Star Player: 
Kanjana Sungngoen

4 United States – 7/2
Coach:
Jill Ellis
Star Player:
Julie Ertz

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