The second round of group play in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup begins on Wednesday, June 12. Currently, France leads Group A with three points and with a +4 goal differential after routing South Korea, 4-0, in their opener. Norway also has three points but has just a +3 goal differential after defeating Nigeria, 3-0, in their opener. South Korea and Nigeria have zero points and will square off on Wednesday with the loser facing likely elimination. In Group B, Spain leads with three points and a +2 goal differential after defeating South Africa, 3-1, in their opening match. Germany also has three points but has a goal differential of +1 after holding off China, 1-0. Here we have soccer betting previews for each of the matches set for Wednesday.
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Match Day 2 Betting Predictions
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Group A: Nigeria vs South Korea
- Stade des Alpes, Grenoble (9:00am ET, FS1, NBC Universo)
Both Nigeria and South Korea took big losses in their Women’s World Cup openers, and now they likely need three points out of this match to have any chance at advancing to the knockout rounds. Despite the fact that the two teams’ results were similar, South Korea is recognized as having significantly more talent on their roster than what the Nigerians will bring. Because of that, it is much likelier that South Korea will come out of this with those three crucial points.
FIFA Women’s World Cup Betting Prediction: South Korea 2, Nigeria 0
Group B: Germany vs Spain
- Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes (12:00pm ET, FOX, Telemundo)
Germany applied all kinds of pressure to China in their opener, sending 16 shots to the Chinese net (with four on target), while China could only muster five (with one on target). Germany possessed for 59 percent of the game, withstanding a physical Chinese attack that was whistled for 19 fouls on the game, leading to four yellow cards. Giulia Gwinn finally broke through for the Germans, and that lone goal stood up as the difference maker.
Now Germany takes on Spain, who blitzed the South African net with 27 shots (12 on target) against five for the opposition (two on target). The Spanish converted a pair of penalties and then got the insurance goal from Lucia Garcia in the 89th minute. However, South Africa was able to sneak in a goal in the 25th minute, leading until well into the second half. Spain will need to avoid defensive mistakes like the one they made in the early going if they hope to beat the Germans.
FIFA Women’s World Cup Betting Prediction: Germany 2, Spain 1
Group A: France vs Norway
- Stade de Nice, Nice (3:00pm ET, FOX, NBC Universo)
France opened as the host nation in dominant fashion, peppering the South Korean net with 21 shots (with eight on goal) while their opponent only hoisted four shots, with none on target. The French possessed for two-thirds of the match and made almost twice as many passes as their opponents, completing 88 percent of them. The momentum from the roar of the home crowd, as well as the talent differential that Les Bleus possessed, gave them a huge advantage. Can the French get another win against a Norwegian team that is much closer to them in terms of talent?
Norway got goals from Guro Reiten in the 17th minute and Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland in the 34th minute, and then their pressure elicited an own goal three minutes after that, before the scoring ended for the match. Norway and Nigeria each launched 10 shots, but Norway had four on target to just two for the Nigerians. Norway possesed for 59 percent of the game and completed 77 percent of their passes. Can they hold off a spirited French offense?
FIFA Women’s World Cup Betting Prediction: France 2, Norway 1