It’s that time again!
The Women’s World Cup is here and the best nations from across the globe have travelled to Australia and New Zealand for the ninth edition of the iconic tournament.
The USA will be looking to etch their name in the history books with a third consecutive World Cup victory, but they will face plenty of stiff competition along the way.
The USA and England have locked horns a couple of times in the latter stages of the World Cup.
The Americans were 3-0 victors in the 2007 quarter-finals and 2-1 winners in the 2019 semi-finals.
Women’s World Cup Favourites
As is the nature of international competition, the World Cup is sure to throw up several surprises, with an abundance of betting opportunities present for those with a hunch. The bet365 bonus code can help punters in New Zealand get the most out of their World Cup betting experience, with up to $100 in Bet Credits available for new customers.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the USA were pre-tournament favourites at 5/2 (3.50) as a result of their international dominance in the past decade. They are the number one ranked country in the FIFA world rankings for a reason, and boast a very strong World Cup squad. Among their star-studded lineup is Alex Morgan, who features in the all-time top 10 for appearances and top 5 for goals scored for the USWNT. Morgan will be key in their World Cup run and is among the favourites to claim the Golden Boot.
Tailing the favourites closely are England, who started the campaign at 7/2 (4.50) and are fresh off their Euro 2022 victory on home soil. The Lionesses have come on leaps and bounds under Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman and will be hoping to lift the most prestigious trophy in football for the first time this year. A well-rounded squad comprises some real standout footballers, including the world’s most expensive player Keira Walsh.
Rounding off the top 3 are Spain at 6/1 (7.00), who are yet to claim a major trophy. They have reached the European Championship quarter-finals on three successive occasions and were bailed out at the round of 16 in the 2019 World Cup. This year they are primed to go a couple of steps further with the help of back-to-back Ballon d’Or Féminin winner Alexia Putellas and the nation’s record goalscorer Jennifer Hermoso.
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USA vs England: Tournament History
The USA are no strangers to World Cup success. They have lifted the trophy on four occasions (1991, 1999, 2015, 2019) and have not finished outside the top three since the tournament began. England have not fared quite so well, but have steadily improved in recent years. This will only be the Lionesses' fifth World Cup appearance, but they have finished in third and fourth at the previous two tournaments.
The USA and England have locked horns a couple of times in the latter stages of the World Cup. The Americans were 3-0 victors in the 2007 quarter-finals and 2-1 winners in the 2019 semi-finals. The two favourites have been drawn on opposite sides, meaning there is every chance we could see a USA vs England final.
That would arguably be one of the biggest matches in women’s football history. A USA side that have dominated since the inception of women’s major tournaments up against an ever-improving England side brimming with confidence following their triumph on the European stage.
The 2023 Women’s World Cup is shaping up to be a classic. There are a huge number of nations that will fancy their chances of causing an upset and going on to lift the most sought-after prize in football.