In a little more than a week, the 2019 Women’s World Cup will get underway. This year’s Women’s World Cup will be held in France, and the French women are co-favorites alongside the defending champion United States.
- Date & Time
- June 7th, 2019
In a little more than a week, the 2019 Women’s World Cup will get underway. This year’s Women’s World Cup will be held in France, and the French women are co-favorites alongside the defending champion United States. The USWNT has one three of the seven World Cups contested to date, while France are looking to win their first title. Other countries like Germany, England, and Australia are in the mix, and they have a decent chance of winning it all.
2019 Women’s World Cup Odds and Preview
United States +350
Korea Republic +6000
New Zealand +8500
South Africa +12500
Initially, the United States were +200 to win the Women’s World Cup, but their price has risen as money on other nations has come in. That lack of faith looked dubious as the USWNT have lost just once in the last calendar year, yet the Americans did not look sharp in their final game before the World Cup. Despite a 3-0 win over Mexico, the USWNT appeared somewhat out of sorts, and that raised questions over how they will fare in France.
Still, the Americans are a team to be feared. They have a lot of veteran talent with stars like Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, and Megan Rapinoe netting goals often for the national team, and youngsters Julie Ertz and Mallory Pugh have played well too. This will likely be the most prolific team in France in terms of goals.
The French have the benefit of being home to the best club team in the world. Lyon have won the last four Champions League titles, so it’s no surprise that many of the projected starters for the national team come from the club. That gives them chemistry and continuity that other teams lack, and that will come in handy at this World Cup.
Amandine Henry is one of the world’s elite players, and she will be joined by six of her teammates from Lyon. Eugenie Le Sommer will look to become the all-time leading scorer in French national team history, and Sarah Bouhaddi will be the goalkeeper. They will be supplemented by other stars like Dijon’s Elise Bussaglia and Paris FC’s Gaetane Thiney.
Germany are the only team besides the Americans to win multiple World Cups, and they have a strong chance at winning their third World Cup this year. The Germans were stunned in the most recent European Championship, but they had won six straight European titles prior to their loss, and they have looked strong in friendlies prior to this year’s competition.
Alexandra Popp and Dzsenifer Marozsan are the two to watch for Germany. Popp is the captain, and she has scored in nearly half of her appearances with the team, while Marozsan is considering one of the best playmakers at the club level.
There has been some action on the Three Lionesses too despite the fact this team has yet to win a major international tournament. Defense has been the calling card of England with Phil Neville at the helm, and Steph Houghton leads the team from the rear. England is ranked third in the nation per FIFA, and they were able to best Japan and Brazil and drew with the US at the SheBelieves Cup.
There has been considerable line movement on Australia’s odds of winning the World Cup. The Matildas have fallen from over 20-1 to under 10-1 in the last couple months, and their ability to score with the Americans played a large part in that. Sam Herr, Caitlin Foord, and Lisa De Vanna are all competent scorers.