The 2023 Women’s World Cup is underway! Hosted in Australia and New Zealand, the tournament features 32 of the best footballing nations in the world seeking glory. For every match day, Canada Sports Betting will break down the matches ahead, providing the key odds and storylines you need to make a play, courtesy of our friends at bet365.
Due to the unique schedule of the tournament, we’ll be looking one day forward at a time. Today we’ll be covering July 21st‘s fixtures. These include:
- Philippines vs Switzerland, 1:00 a.m. ET
- Spain vs. Costa Rica, 3:30 a.m. ET
- United States vs. Vietnam, 9:00 p.m. ET
9:00 p.m. Match: United States vs Vietnam
|United States Win In Full Time||-50000|
|Vietnam Win in Full Time||+6600|
|Draw After Full Time||+3300|
|Over/Under||2.5 goals (over -4000, under +1600)|
|Time/Date||Friday, July 21, 9:00 p.m. ET|
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The USA, four-time winners, begin their quest to win an unprecedented third-straight Women’s World Cup against Vietnam at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Even with key pieces of past glories absent and several injury concerns, the USA remains stacked with talent all over the pitch and the Vietnamese, making their World Cup debut, are not expected to provide much of an obstacle.
The Stars and Stripes are not afraid of running up the score against opponents and while the days of lopsided, double-digit scorelines at the Women’s World Cup are largely a thing of the past, the USA did beat another Southeast Asian side heavily in the 2019 group stage, rolling over Thailand 13-0.
Vietnam have shown the ability to hang with bigger sides – losing just 2-1 away to Germany last month – but they did lose 7-0 to France last year. With the USA expected to score – they scored 26 goals in seven matches en route to the title in 2019 – even the Anytime Goal odds for their stars are not particularly interesting. The value comes in the First and Last Goalscorer categories.
Alex Morgan, who netted six goals in 2019, (Bet Boost First: +200, Last +187), Megan Rapinoe (+333), and Sophia Smith (+250) catch the eye. Smith, 22, who could be the breakout star for the Americans in Australia/New Zealand, is the feature of two Bet Boosts: To Score Three or More Goals +187 and a Same Game Parlay To Score Three or More Goals combined with Over 6 Goals for the USA Women at +260. For the Golden Star Warrior Women, captain and striker Nhu Huynh to score comes in at +1200.
The path to a shock result for Vietnam will be to absorb the waves of pressure the Americans will send their way and look to hit on the counter. That is where they can excel on the night.
Players to watch for Vietnam include speedy wingers Thi Tuyet Dung Nguyen and Thi Thanh Nha Nguyen, and captain Nhu Huynh, a solid finisher, though their introduction to the World Cup is as big an ask as it gets. Shocks in the group stage of the World Cup are not unheard of and the U.S. team are packed with players making their tournament debuts.
Should the unthinkable happen and Vietnam emerge with a draw (+3300), even just for the first 45 minutes (Half Time/Full Time: Draw – USA Women +1000) it would send ripples through the footballing world.
1:00 a.m. Match: Philippines vs Switzerland
|Philippines Win In Full Time||+1200|
|Switzerland Win in Full Time||-450|
|Draw After Full Time||+550|
|Over/Under||2.5 goals (over -167, under +130)|
|Time/Date||Friday, July 21, 1:00 a.m. ET|
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With the other two games shaping up to be blowouts, this one at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand could well provide the most intriguing action of the day. The Filipinas have qualified for the World Cup by being defensively solid. Australian coach Alen Stajcic’s tactical blueprint will be to remain so, stressing the need to defend first and then look for openings the other way.
La Nati, much like the men’s side, are draw masters having seen five of their last six matches end with the balance neutral. Switzerland enter the tournament winless since the end of qualification, but will need to take control of this one to break down the opponent. There are some interesting numbers of offer for the Swiss: Ramona Bachmann To Score Two or More Goals (Bet Boost +400), a Same Game Parlay of Ana Maria Crnogorcevic to Score Anytime, Both Team to Score – Yes, and Match result Switzerland (Bet Boost +400) catch the eye.
Switzerland are the superior side, they just have to make it count in the individual moments. Be bold in attack, but don’t forget to keep the back door shut. On the other hand, the longer the Philippines can keep the game scoreless, the more frustration will build in their opponent, the more Switzerland will be reckless in search of a goal and perhaps leave openings at the back.
Sarina Bolden (First +1200, Last +1200, Anytime +350) is the most likely candidate to provide the spark should the opportunity present itself. A scoreless draw would pay out a Correct Score of +1400.
One angle to keep an eye on is corner kicks. With the Philippines set up to defend first and Switzerland looking to open the World Cup with a victory ahead of the stiffer challenges that are ahead, there is the potential for a severely-tilted pitch. A compact defensive side versus a side that isn’t particularly famous for breaking teams down in open play could easily see a lot of actions in the wide areas, a lot of cleared crosses and kicks into touch. The line for corners is set at nine; Over at +110 is interesting.
3:00 a.m. Match: Spain vs Costa Rica
|Spain Win In Full Time||-5000|
|Costa Rica Win in Full Time||+4000|
|Draw After Full Time||+2000|
|Over/Under||2.5 goals (over -900, under +550)|
|Time/Date||Friday, July 21, 3:00 a.m. ET|
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With big wins over Panama (7-0) and Vietnam (9-0) in recent weeks, the Spanish attack is looking sharp and as late-comers to the upper echelons of the women’s game, Spain will be looking to make their mark at this summer’s World Cup.
Comprised primarily of players from the two biggest domestic clubs – Barcelona and Real Madrid – Spain can expect those club relationships to carry over to the national team, though, on the men’s side at least, those divisions have been fractious in the past.
Midfielder Alexia Putellas, 2021 and 2022 Ballon d’Or Féminin winner, in particular will be eager to make her mark having missed the recent Euros through injury. There is some lingering doubt to her fitness having only just come back to action. With Spain, like the USA, expected to score a lot, the Anytime Goalscorer numbers are underwhelming, though the First and Last ones could be of value: Putellas (+350), Esther Gonzalez (+225), Jennifer Hermoso (+260).
A Bet Boost Same Game Parlay of Spain to win by 5 or more goals, Esther Gonzalez to Score Anytime, and Irene Guerrero to Score Anytime sits at +325. Costa Rica’s primary threat is Portland Thorns midfielder Raquel Rodríguez: Score Anytime +650.
One wrinkle to consider is that for all the hype around Spain, their history at the competition is limited. In seven matches, Spain have scored just six goals. Costa Rica on the other hand have averaged a goal-per-game in their three Women’s World Cup matches. The two met in 2015 and drew 1-1. A draw in this match at +2000 may be worth a flutter. Even if Costa Rica can hold off Spain for only the opening half there is some value there (Half Time/Full Time – Draw – Spain +500).
In addition, Spain have kept just two clean-sheets at the World Cup: a Spain Win/Both Teams to Score at +225 could come into play.