Women's World Cup: France-England
On paper, France are the more talented team and have never lost to England in five meetings, although two were level after 90 minutes, including the 2011 World Cup semi final where the French forced a late equaliser after trailing for 30 minutes, before winning in extra time. However, I feel a quote of -0.75 ball and odds of sub 1.80 are terribly short, do not reflect how this will probably play out and there is a chance that looking at the bigger picture, that France might not even want to win !
Both should qualify regardless of what happens today and a draw would be perfectly acceptable for either , the group winner will face the runner up from Group E and then most likely a quarter final with Germany, the runner up would face the second team from B and a last eight meeting with probably the winner from A......Canada or Netherlands. Any nation in world football would prefer to put off a meeting with the Germans as long as possible and a point today makes sense for the two strongest teams in the group, as, on top of anything else, it keeps all options down the line open. England are a far more upbeat group under Mark Sampson, the mood not being good at the end of Hope Powell's tenure and the new coach has spent a lot of time getting this group re-bonded. England have invested a lot of money on introducing sports psychologists and motivational specialists to the squad and focusing on individual improvement, both on and off the field. They are a much more fluid team now, certainly a better passing team, which is to be expected, with Sampson formerly working under Roberto Martinez at Swansea. Everything now is geared towards tournament play and they have used warm up matches and friendlies exactly as what they were intended to be, games to experiment, maybe make mistakes and learn from. They expect to hit the ground running and I favour them to take something from their opener.
England +0.75 ball 2.12 asian line/Sportmarket.