Women's World Cup Betting Tips And Picks: Germany And Popp Can Go All The Way

We've looked at the markets to give you our best selections
13:01, 19 Jul 2023

It’s now less than 24 hours until the Women’s World Cup kicks off and the excitement has reached fever pitch on the eve of the tournament. We’ve already run through our group previews and given you five big stories to watch out for at the World Cup, but now it is time to look at the betting markets and pick out our best tips. 

Outright winners

It would be easy to point to the team that has won the last two World Cups and the outright 5/2 favourites to lift the trophy - the USA. Megan Rapinoe would love nothing more than her farewell tournament to end with a three-peat, but the US haven’t blown anybody away in their warm-up games. The SheBelieves champions have beaten the Republic of Ireland twice and Wales once in recent months, but this ageing squad doesn’t feel like it offers the same value it once did. So it’s time to look elsewhere. 

England are second favourites at 7/2, but the injury issues to Leah Williamson and Beth Mead in particular means that they will not be as strong as they were on home soil at the Euros. Their lack of goalscoring prowess in the warm-up games gives me serious cause for concern, and I’m not sure they’ll be able to resolve it on the other side of the world. 

Spain are a decent option as third favourites at 5/1, with Alexia Putellas back involved after her injury issues. However, they’ve suffered disruption with player protests in the build-up to this competition and it doesn’t look like a happy camp at the minute. Which brings us to my pick to win the World Cup, Germany. 

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It may seem like an outside shout given they were beaten by Zambia in their final warm-up match, but they’ve won two World Cups and eight European Championships, and always turn up on the big occasion. Expect nothing different here. They proved how good they were at the Euros, and they can be the team to stop USA from going all the way. 

Tip: Germany to win the World Cup at 7/1 with Betfred

Top goalscorer

Having Germany as the outside pick to go all the way makes this a very easy selection. Captain Alexandra Popp is a goalscoring machine and could have won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball at the Euros had she not got injured before the final. Now she is ready to make up for that lost time and should be on the goal trail in Australia. The odds of 12/1 for her to be top goalscorer seem generous given she scored six goals in five matches at Euro 2022. 

Alex Morgan is the current favourite at 4/1, Sophia Smith is 7/1 and England’s Rachel Daly, fresh off her WSL Golden Boot, is 9/1. 

Tip: Alexandra Popp top scorer at 12/1

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England’s top goalscorer

Finding a reliable goalscorer will be key for Sarina Wiegman if her team is going to enjoy success this summer. The retirement of Ellen White is still being felt and there are no certainties when it comes to the striker position, with Daly and Alessia Russo set to battle it out for that number nine spot. Daly is 2/1 to be the Lionesses top scorer while Russo is 7/2 and if I had to pick one of those two, I would go for the new Arsenal signing. She has done more in an England shirt so far and should get more minutes, especially in the group stages. 

However, if you fancy a more adventurous pick, how about Lauren Hemp at 15/2? She should start on the wing and was extremely effective at the Euros. Given Mead profited from a similar position, Hemp may become England’s goalscoring sensation in Australia. 

Tip: Alessia Russo at 7/2

Name the finalists

Backing Germany to win means we can find slightly better value in the name the finalist market. USA/Germany is priced at 13/2, but if you want to back a big shock, and the USA to go out in the semi-finals, a Spain v Germany final is priced at a tempting 11/1. 

Tip: USA v Germany at 13/2

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