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Women’s World Cup 2019 Fantasy Football Overview

The Women’s World Cup begins on Friday 7th June when the host nation of France take on South Korea. As with any high profile footballing event, FantasyBet will be hosting accompanying fantasy football contests.

For those of you that aren’t up to date with women’s football, fear not. In this article, I’ll be running through the bookies odds, sharing some insight and wisdom into the women’s game, whilst leaving you fully equipped to go forth and play Women’s World Cup fantasy football.

Who are the favourites to win the Women’s World Cup 2019?

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Team Implied Odds
France 22%
United States 22%
Germany 15%
England 14%
Australia 7%
Japan 7%
Netherlands 7%
Canada 5%
Brazil 4%
Spain 4%
Sweden 4%
Norway 3%
Italy 2%
China 2%
South Korea 1%
New Zealand 1%
Scotland 1%
Argentina <1%
Chile <1%
Nigeria <1%
South Africa <1%
Cameroon <1%
Jamaica <1%
Thailand <1%

The bookies can’t decide between the USA & France and have settled with giving them both a 22% implied chance of lifting the trophy. The USWNT won the 2015 World Cup and will be the fan favourites again this time out, but the French shouldn’t be ignored on home soil.

Last World Cup’s semi-finalists Germany (15%) and England (14%) have been given very good outsider odds, with Euro 2017 winners Netherlands (7%) trailing behind, tied with Japan and Australia.

Which team is most likely to win their group?

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Group Team Implied Odds
A France 83%
A Norway 15%
A South Korea 8%
A Nigeria 3%
B Germany 82%
B Spain 18%
B China 8%
B South Africa 2%
C Australia 53%
C Brazil 42%
C Italy 14%
C Jamaica 1%
D England 62%
D Japan 40%
D Scotland 6%
D Argentina 2%
E Netherlands 53%
E Canada 46%
E New Zealand 9%
E Cameroon 2%
F United States 82%
F Sweden 23%
F Chile 3%
F Thailand 1%

The bookies have implied that Group A, B & F will be comfortably won by France (83%), Germany (82%) and United States (82%) respectively. This comes as little surprise, given the three teams are the favourites to win the entire competition.

England, on the other hand, are expected to win their group but not quite as comfortably as the aforementioned teams. Group opposition Japan, who lost to the USWNT in the final of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, have been given a 40% chance of finishing above England in Group D.

The closest encounter for a top spot in the group stages comes in Group E, where Canada (46%) and the Netherlands (53%) are separated by just 7%.

The Netherlands won the Women’s Euros on home soil in 2017 with impressive attacking performances in the closing rounds. They comfortably brushed aside the Lionesses 3-0 in the semi-finals, before coming back from 1-0 down to win 4-2 in the final vs Denmark.

Canada could have the answers defensively to curb the attacking potency of the Dutch. They tallied up clean sheets in both World Cup Qualification and The Algarve Cup, and have only conceded once in their four friendly matches in preparation for the Women’s World Cup finals.

As far as groups of death go, Group C is as close as we get. Whilst Australia (53%) and Brazil (42%) are the clear frontrunners, the bookies don’t think it’s out of the question that Italy (14%) could snatch qualification to the knockouts.

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Based on the above, you should keep an eye on these matches for goals:

  • France vs Nigeria
  • Germany vs South Africa
  • Australia vs Jamaica
  • England vs Argentina
  • Netherlands vs Cameroon
  • United States vs Thailand
  • United States vs Chile
  • As for important games that could provide an upset, try these:

  • Australia vs Brazil
  • England vs Japan
  • Netherlands vs Canada
  • Brazil vs Italy

    Which players are the favourites for top goalscorer?

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    # Name Team Pos Odds
    1 A. Morgan USA FWD 14%
    2 E. Le Sommer FRA FWD 13%
    2 S. Kerr AUS FWD 13%
    4 V. Gauvin FRA FWD 11%
    5 C. Lloyd USA MID 10%
    5 V. Miedema NET FWD 10%
    7 M. Rapinoe USA FWD 9%
    7 A. Popp GER FWD 9%
    9 K. Diani FRA FWD 7%
    9 G. Thiney FRA FWD 7%
    9 Beatriz BRA FWD 7%
    9 N. Parris ENG FWD 7%
    13 L. Martens NET FWD 6%
    13 T. Heath USA FWD 6%
    13 B. Mead ENG FWD 6%
    13 J. Hermoso ESP FWD 6%
    17 J. Taylor ENG FWD 5%
    17 K. Yokoyama> JAP MID 5%
    17 F. Kirby ENG FWD 5%
    17 E. White ENG FWD 5%
    21 L. Schuller GER FWD 4%
    21 Marta BRA MID 4%
    21 I. Herlovsen NOR FWD 4%
    21 C. Sinclair CAN FWD 4%
    26 Cristiane BRA FWD 3%
    26 L. De Vanna AUS FWD 3%
    26 S. Huth GER MID 3%
    26 S. Blacksteinius> SWE FWD 3%
    26 S. Jakobsson SWE FWD 3%
    26 V. Asseyi FRA MID 3%
    32 T. Duggan ENG FWD 2%
    32 M. Caldentey ESP FWD 2%
    32 Debinha BRA MID 2%
    32 A. Sampedro ESP MID 2%
    36 D. Sabatino ITA FWD 1%
    36 C. Girelli ITA FWD 1%
    36 J. So-yun KOR FWD 1%
    36 W. Renard FRA DEF 1%
    36 N. Matlou SAF DEF 1%
    36 I. Paredes ESP DEF 1%
    36 D. Oparanozie NIG FWD 1%
    36 M. Ngono Mani CAM FWD 1%

    Have you heard of Alex Morgan?

    Alex Morgan is probably the player you’ve heard of from women’s football so it should come as no surprise that she’s actually pretty good.

    She won the Golden Ball and MVP at the SheBelieves Cup in 2016, the Golden Boot at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in 2018, four equivalents to the Ballon d’Or and has scored over 100 goals for her country.

    The bookies have given her a 14% chance of picking up the Golden Boot for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. She’s also the primary penalty taker for the United States.

    The USWNT most commonly set up with Alex Morgan leading the line, and Megan Rapinoe (9%) & Tobin Heath (6%) providing the width.

    Veteran Carli Lloyd, who scored a hattrick in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final, will most likely be used in rotation or off the bench in this competition. But that’s not to say we shouldn’t expect goals, or view her has an excellent option in fantasy football.

    Lloyd is listed as a midfielder but is often deployed as a striker for her national team. She has prowess and experience, and if the USWNT are to defend their title; she will no doubt be involved.

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    The best options from the host nation

    France manager Corinne Diacre controversially omitted starlet Marie-Antoinette Katoto from the World Cup squad. The PSG striker scored 22 in the league this season, earning herself the Division 1 Féminine Golden Boot aged just 20-year-old.

    It hasn’t seemed to hinder the host nations attacking threat whatsoever, scoring 16 goals in their most recent four friendlies.

    France set up in an attacking 4-2-3-1 with Valérie Gauvin (11%) as a lone striker, Gaetane Thiney (7%) behind, and Eugenie Le Sommer (13%) & Kadidiatou Diani (7%) on the flanks.

    Eugénie Le Sommer is very much the star player and leader of this side. She is packed full of experience, with hundreds of games (and goals!) under her belt. She’s still very much in her prime and managed 13 in the league for Lyon last season.

    Kadidiatou Diani had an incredible league campaign with PSG, scoring 13 (third highest) and assisting 12 (highest). As for differentials, keep an eye on Viviane Asseyi (3%) who will be used in rotation with Le Sommer. Her impressive campaign with Bordeaux saw her score 12 times.

    The ultimate goalscoring defenders

    You may have noticed a few defenders lingering around the depths of the chart. Whilst they have a low implied chance (1%) of becoming top goalscorers, there’s no way I can’t acknowledge them. After all, a 1% chance is still fairly high for a defender!

    Wendie Renard, the towering France captain, is lethal in the air. She managed 8 goals in 22 games this season for Lyon, which goes to show how frequently she finds the net.

    Noko Matlou is traditionally a striker, but South African manager Vera Pauw has been known to deploy her as a defender for the national side. Matlou is a legend of Women’s football in Africa and her playing career is heaped in stories.

    Matlou claims to train with male teams to enhance her game, stating:

    “I train regularly with local male clubs and when I get on to the field with the women they simply cannot touch me.”

    When making her debut, she was subjected to a ‘gender inspection’ by a referee in the presence of the opposition captain. She was allowed to play in the match after being confirmed as female.

    She’s definitely one to keep an eye on and could turn out to be of the best out of position player fantasy football has ever seen.


    Jamie Reeves

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