Friday 14 June: 8pm
Live on BBC1
England made a good start to the Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 win over Scotland. Critics have said that the leading countries won’t be worrying themselves too much after seeing England’s performance. Hopefully there will be more concern for other teams as England play their second group fixture against Argentina who held Japan to a goalless draw in their opening game.
England got their Women’s World Cup campaign off to a good, if not thrilling, start with victoy over Scotland. Their 2-1 win has taken them two points clear at the top of Group D after the other fixture ended in a goalless draw. You can get odds of 7/1 (8.0) at 888sport on Phil Neville’s side going on to win this tournament.
First half goals from Nikita Parris and Ellen White put England in charge of their opening fixture. There were a few nervous moments though after Scotland pulled a goal back through Claire Emslie with 11 minutes to go but England secured the three points. Getting the points in the bag and ensuring we don’t have one of those nervous battles to get out of their group (which their male counterparts are so good at) is the main aim at this stage.
They have won three of their last four games, the other being a 1-0 home defeat by New Zealand in a home friendly. Their win in the SheBelieves Cup earlier in the year has taken them up to third in the world rankings and that’s 34 places higher than their Argentinian opponents. The odds on England making it two wins out of two are 1/10 (1.1) at SkyBet.
Obviously those are odds that aren’t going to make anyone a fortune. A look at the handicap market is the way to make some better profits. England to win on a -2 handicap has odds of 10/11 (1.91) if placing your wager at Betfair and that looks to have a good chance of success.
Argentina made life difficult for Japan in their opening game and their 0-0 draw has given them some hope of qualifying for the knock-out stages. They are 50/1 (51.0) at William Hill to win this group and their focus has to be on avoiding a heavy defeat here and then getting a result against Scotland.
The South American team are in only their third World Cup finals, the last being in 2007. They have already improved on their previous performances by earning a point against Japan. The odds on them winning this match against England are 40/1 (41.0) at Ladbrokes.
Only two of their last nine games have ended in victory. Games against the higher-ranked countries have proved difficult for the South Americans with a 5-0 defeat by South Korea who have disappointed in this tournament. Brazil and Chile put four and three goals past them and they face a difficult task here.
The two countries only meeting was in 2007 when England ran out 6-1 winners. The odds on over 6.5 goals in this match are 12/1 (13.0) at Bet365.
Toni Duggan and Demi Stokes have both had recent injuries but are in contention to start for England on Friday. Millie Bright is expected to recover from her shoulder injury.
First Half Goals
England scored both of their goals against Scotland in the first half. You can get 5/4 (2.25) at SkyBet on England scoring at least twice in the first half against Argentina.
A win for England will see them qualify with a game to spare if Scotland draw with Japan in the other group fixture. England got the three points against Scotland but didn’t exactly set the Women’s World Cup alight. Following on from a less than impressive display against New Zealand, England need to put on a performance that will make a statement. They are ranked much higher than their opponents and a bet on England to win to nil is 8/15 (1.52) at BetVictor.