Sweden to win
England to win
Over 2.5 goals
*The odds shown above were correct at the time of writing. Always check with the bookmaker at the time of placing your bet.
This is your home of Women’s World Cup betting tips and predictions.
- 1 Women’s World Cup match predictions
- 2 Women’s World Cup outright betting
- 3 The Women’s World Cup explained
- 4 Women’s World Cup groups
- 5 Women’s World Cup FAQ
Women’s World Cup match predictions
Sweden vs Australia: Sweden to win @ 29/20 (2.45)
We begin our World Cup tips by backing Sweden to ruin the third place party for host nation Australia as we predict Sweden to win this match. Sure, Sweden fell at the semi-final hurdle, however, they've been one of the best sides at this tournament with their loss to Spain last time out being their firsts defeat. They'd won all bar one of their other games inside 90 minutes. Australia meanwhile might just drop a level in this game with the main prize of the World Cup trophy in front of their own fans now gone. The Matlidas have also failed to win three of their six games at this tournament and have lost two of those.
Spain vs England: England to win @ 47/25 (2.88)
There is no such thing as an easy prediction where a World Cup final is concerned with these games so often defined by small margins. That is why we are backing England to win. The Lionesses are the reigning Champions of Europe, which means they know how to deliver in big games and that is definitely the case for their manager, Sarina Wiegman has already managed in three World Cup finals. On top of that, England dominate the head to head history between these nations having lost just two of the last 11 meetings.
Spain vs England: Over 2.5 goals @ 6/4 (2.50)
The stats suggest we can park the cynical view of cagey finals and that is exactly what we're going to do a1s we back this game to go over the 2.5 mark. Spain have seen four of their last five matches go north of the 2.5 cut off. England meanwhile have seen three of their last five break that threshold as well. In those respective five game periods Spain have averaged 4.0 goals per game with England averaging 3.0 goals.
Women’s World Cup outright betting
To lift the trophy
There are two heavily fancied sides to triumph at this World Cup in the shape of USA, who are the bookies favourites, and England, who are second in the odds. This tournament though is probably as tough to call as any Women’s World Cup has ever been and we’re bucking the trend of following a favourite. Instead, we’re backing Germany to go all the way.
Germany arrive in Australia and New Zealand with by far the easiest looking group, which could aid them heading into game three. That could set them up nicely for a freshen up ahead of the knockout phase and then anything can happen. In addition to that, they’ve gone deep at tournaments in the past and have a good record against the top sides having at least avoided defeat against England and the USA in recent times.
You also have to go back 18 months for the last time they lost a game by more than just a solitary goal too and that sort of mentality to stay in games could be huge in a largely knockout tournament.
In addition to ‘who will lift the trophy' you'll find a host of other outright betting options available to you where team performance is concerned. These range from Group winners and qualifiers(check out our thoughts on this below), through to what teams will reach what stage of the tournament and all the way through to naming the finalists.
Beyond the team honours, there are also some individual prizes up for grabs at the World Cup with the Golden Boot – or the top goalscorer award – perhaps the most prestigious of the awards on offer. The pre-tournament odds for the top scorer read as follows:
- Alex Morgan, USA @ 9/2 (5.50)
- Sophia Smith, USA 9/1 (10.00)
- Rachel Daly, England @ 10/1 (11.00)
- Jennifer Hermoso, Spain @ 11/1 (12.00)
- Alexandra Popp, Germany @ 12/1 (13.00)
*The above odds are as per Ladbrokes and were correct at the time of writing.
Alex Morgan obviously tops the odds but she doesn't arrive into this tournament in the best form of her life. She's failed to score in any of her last five appearances and, if anything, hasn't impressed as much in front of goal this season as she did last. That being said, Morgan has been registering the assists lately and with the USA likely to go deep in the tournament it's completely feasible the top scorer comes from their nation. With that in mind, we're backing Morgan's teammate Sophia Smith – a 9/1 (10.00) shot – to score more goals than anyone else whilst “Down Under”. Smith has been in electrifying form of late; she's scored 10 goals in 13 games for Portland this season to follow on from 15 in 20 last year. Perhaps more importantly though, Smith has six goals in her last five matches meaning she is in red hot form heading into a group that could see the USA run riot once or twice.
A longer shot to scoop the Golden Boot is Alexandra Popp of Germany. Despite playing in midfield, Popp has a terrific goalscoring record having netted 24 goals in all competitions this season giving her the greatest goal return of her career. With our view on the outright winner potentially being Germany, Popp could get plenty of opportunities to unleash on the opposition goal.
The Women’s World Cup explained
The Women’s World Cup starts later this month “Down Under” in Australia and New Zealand and, apart from being a World Cup, it’s also the biggest Women’s World Cup to ever take place. 32 nations are taking part.
The format of the tournament will closely resemble the men’s competition. The 32 qualified nations will be split into eight groups of four teams. Match results determine the rankings of these groups with the top two sides progressing to a knockout format; this will follow the path of round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final and final with a third place play-off match also taking place. There will be a total of 64 games played.
Women’s World Cup groups
Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland, Philippines
Group A looks to be a fairly predictable group in respect of top and bottom place. Norway are the favourites to advance in top spot, which is a view we wholeheartedly agree with whilst the Philippines will do well to earn a single point here. That leaves host nation New Zealand and Switzerland battling it out for second place.
Group winner prediction: Norway
Australia, Canada, Rep of Ireland, Nigeria
We’ve already touched on one host nation in Group A and now we come to the other, Australia. We fancy them to advance into the knockout stages and they’ll be the team to beat in Group B. Canada are heavily fancied to join them in the next round but this is probably the hardest group to predict in the entire tournament so don’t be surprised if one of the Republic of Ireland or Nigeria cause a stir.
Group winner prediction: Australia
Spain, Japan, Zambia, Costa Rica
With the World Cup expansion growing to 32 teams there was always likely to be some dead rubber groups and this group is the epitome of that. Spain should waltz through in first place with Japan highly likely to stroll through with them. The most intriguing game of this group could be the head to head between Zambia and Costa Rica with one of them potentially in line for a historic win.
Group winner prediction: Spain
England, Denmark, China, Haiti
England arrive into this tournament as the European Championship holders and are amongst the favourites to win the World Cup here. We expect them to top the group. A surprise could await for second spot though. Denmark are the bookies pick to join England in the Round of 16 but we wouldn’t be surprised to see China advance. Haiti will be heading home – almost definitely.
Group winner prediction: England
USA, Netherlands, Portugal, Vietnam
The outright tournament favourites, USA, enter the competition in this group and it’s the States we’re backing to win this group. Netherlands are likely to join them in the next round with Portugal and Vietnam, in particular, unlikely to put up much of a fight for qualification.
Group winner prediction: USA
France, Brazil, Jamaica, Panama
In Group F, France are the bookies odds on pick to top the group but we’re going against that grain and wagering on Brazil to finish top. We do, however, expect France to come second in the standings and that means they’ll be in the knockout rounds. Jamaica and Panama have their work cut out to challenge for second place.
Group winner prediction: Brazil
Sweden, Italy, Argentina, South Africa
This is arguably the group that could shock a few. We’re backing Italy to top the group, which goes against what the bookies expect to happen, whilst we wouldn’t be surprised to see Argentina pip group favourites Sweden for qualification. South Africa meanwhile aren’t a complete write off in what could be one of the closest fought groups.
Group winner prediction: Italy
Germany, Morocco, Colombia, South Korea
Germany are nailed on to win this group courtesy of a) them being a decent side and b) a rather kind draw. Who comes second to join them in qualifying though is up for grabs. Morocco are somewhat of a longshot where that is concerned but it’s a real coin toss between Colombia and South Korea. We’d lean towards the latter.
Group winner prediction: Germany
Women’s World Cup FAQ
How long has the Women’s World Cup been running?
The first ever World Cup for Women’s football was held in 1991.
Who has won the most Women’s World Cup titles?
The USA have won more titles (4) than any other nation.
How many teams compete at the 2023 Women’s World Cup?
What nation is favourite to win the Women’s World Cup?
USA are the pre-tournament favourites to lift the trophy.
Where is the Women’s World Cup being hosted?
Australia and New Zealand are sharing the hosting of the 2023 tournament.