We’ve reached the knockout stages with our Women’s World Cup 2019 predictions and are eyeing a 4/1 four-timer from the last-16 round of matches.
There has already been plenty of thrills and spills in France and the excitement only looks set to build at the business end of the tournament.
England -1 goal vs Cameroon @ 2/5
The Lionesses completed a 100 per cent record in Group D as Ellen White netted a brace in the 2-0 triumph over perennial powerhouses Japan and this should be a straightforward task for Phil Neville’s side. Captain Steph Houghton ominously warned: “We know we can play better, which is a good thing. The momentum is coming along nicely.” Cameroon only scraped through by finishing third in Group E and look out of their depth.
France to beat Brazil @ 2/5
The hosts were only narrow winners over Norway and Nigeria after getting off to a flying start by crushing South Korea 4-0, but still seem destined to go a long way in this competition. Towering centre-half Wendie Renard looks a huge threat from set-pieces, while Eugenie Le Sommer is a top-class playmaker. Brazil still have golden oldies Marta and Cristiane in cracking form, but the supporting cast is not as strong.
USA to beat Spain @ 11/25
The defending champions showed a ruthless streak during Group F, firing in 18 goals in three straight wins, with none conceded. Admittedly, 13 of those came against a pretty hapless Thailand team, but America were also clinical versus Chile and Sweden. Despite earning plenty of plaudits so far, head coach Jill Ellis insisted: “This team is firmly rooted on the ground. There’s a humility – these players have played this game long enough to know that you have to earn every result.”
Netherlands to beat Japan @ 4/5
Japan have a great pedigree in this competition but they put in three pretty flat performances during the pool stage and are worth taking on. Holland are coming off a very solid 2-1 success over a strong Canada outfit and seem determined to avenge a loss to Japan at this stage four years ago. Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman declared: “They’re a very disciplined team and we expect the same again, but the Dutch team has made great strides since then.”
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