bet365 Women’s World Cup Game Day: Groups Move To Game 2 (July 25)

The 2023 Women’s World Cup is underway! Hosted in Australia and New Zealand, the tournament features 32 of the best soccer 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 25th‘s fixtures. These include:

  • New Zealand vs. Philippines, 1:30 a.m. ET
  • Switzerland vs. Norway, 4:00 a.m. ET

While you wait for the next match day, also consider checking out our Group Previews:
Group AGroup BGroup CGroup DGroup EGroup FGroup GGroup H

1:30 a.m. Match: New Zealand vs. Philippines

New Zealand Win In Full Time-275
Philippines Win in Full Time+800
Draw After Full Time+300
Over/Under2.5 goals (over +115, under -150)
Time/DateTuesday, July 25, 1:30 a.m. ET
TVBroadcast: TSN
Stream: TSN GO App
Odds courtesy of bet365.

With every team having played one match, the second pass through the group stage begins back with Group A, where co-hosts New Zealand can all but assure themselves passage to the Round of 16 with a victory over the Philippines in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Football Ferns gave their nation a rousing start to the Women’s World Cup with Hannah Wilkinson’s 48th-minute goal lifting the side over Norway in the opener. The Filipinas put in a solid showing in their first match, nearly shocking Switzerland with an early goal that was ruled offside, but were eventually defeated 2-0 in their tournament debut.

New Zealand are favourites to once again secure all three points on home soil, but there are some interesting options beneath that result. The Kiwis were shut out in the first half against Norway, while the Filipina side fell just short of keeping Switzerland off the board for the opening 45 minutes, conceding a penalty kick at the death. Neither side has scored a goal in the opening frame of their matches.

As such, Half Time Result: Draw at +125 looks viable, and to make it a bet on a 0-0 draw, you can use Half Time Result/Both Teams to Score in the Half menu to get Draw/No at +162.

The two sides played out a 2-1 result last September with New Zealand victorious, but only after Sarina Bolden had given the Philippines the lead in first half stoppage-time. Should the Philippines open the scoring, as they so nearly did against the Swiss, the First Team to Score: Philippines at +400 would pay out handsomely.

Wilkinson, who provided the breakthrough against the Norwegian side for New Zealand, is the most likely goal-scorer once more (First +375, Last +375, Anytime +125). While Bolden takes top spot for the Filipinas (+1100, +1100, +400).

But it was Katrina Guillou (+1600, +1600, +600) who was denied by the flag for the Philippines in the 16th minute of their opener. If you think there’s a sprinkle of a chance she does it again, you can use Timecast to get her to score first, in minutes 1-20 – that comes in at a whopping +4500.

New Zealand to Win in Full Time


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4:00 a.m. Match: Switzerland vs. Norway

Switzerland Win In Full Time+280
Norway Win in Full Time+110
Draw After Full Time+220
Over/Under2.5 goals (over +125, under -163)
Time/DateTuesday, July 25, 4:00 a.m. ET
TVBroadcast: TSN
Stream: TSN GO App
Odds courtesy of bet365.

Group A’s other match in Hamilton, New Zealand, pits a pair of closely-matched European sides and the line is incredibly close.

Switzerland (FIFA World ranking 20) are slim underdogs against Norway (12), but come into the match with the chance to put themselves on six points and virtually on to the next round. The Norwegians will be well aware that they are fighting for their lives to avoid a disappointing early elimination – only once in their illustrious history at the Women’s World Cup have they failed to emerge from the group stage. This one should be very interesting.

Norway couldn’t handle the energy and physicality that New Zealand brought to their opening match, struggling to build out under the non-stop pressure in midfield. Playing against a host team in their opening match is always tricky. Switzerland too struggled with the early energy of the Philippines, before their quality won out with time. For both sides this will be a very different looking match.

On top of that, despite both teams emerging from the same confederation, there is no recent history between Switzerland and Norway. So while each will be familiar to the other, there is no previous clash to provide crucial insight, and no prior experience to build a tactical plan upon. The only other all-European clash thus far was a narrow contest between the Netherlands and Portugal, which the former won 1-0. This one should be similarly tight.

With Norway beaten by Wilkinson and Switzerland nearly undone by the Philippines, both teams are vulnerable to concede. There have been two scoreless draws at the World Cup so far, but there has not yet been a draw with goals on the board.

The odds for a Correct Score wager of a 1-1 draw come in at +500. Norway’s Ada Hegerberg (First +300, Last +300, Anytime +100) has the shortest odds to score. Ramona Bachmann netted Switzerland’s opener in their first match (+550, +550, +187).

Swiss forward Ana Maria Crnogorcevic (+700, +700, +250) will be eager to make amends for a big miss in the win over the Philippines.

Norway to Win in Full Time


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