World Cup Daily: Sam Kerr And Australia Reach Last Chance Saloon

Australia have to win or they are out of their own World Cup
18:00, 30 Jul 2023

Monday brings the conclusion of two more groups at the women’s World Cup and after the exit of one of the co-hosts New Zealand, Australia and Sam Kerr will be determined to avoid the same fate. 

Costa Rica v Zambia

Where: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

When: 8am (BST)/ 7pm (NZST)

TV: ITV4, ITVX 

Referee: Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco)

Costa Rica’s last result: Japan 2-0 Costa Rica

Zambia’s last result: Spain 5-0 Zambia

Zambia were handed an absolute pasting by Spain last time out and this game is a dead rubber, with neither side having a chance to qualify. Both teams will be looking for their first World Cup win however, which would mark a successful tournament for either side.

Betfred odds: Costa Rica 21/10, Draw 5/2, Zambia EVS

Sportsman stat: Zambia's last nine games have produced at least three goals, with their last five producing at least five goals.

Japan v Spain

Where: Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington

When: 8am (BST)/ 7pm (NZST)

TV: ITV1, ITVX 

Referee: Ekaterina Katja Koroleva (Russia)

Japan’s last result: Japan 2-0 Costa Rica

Spain’s last result: Spain 5-0 Zambia

Spain were in fine form last time out and have secured their place in the knockout stage with two wins from two. The same can be said of a Japan side that has impressed so far, and one that has looked deadly in front of goal. Given Spain have a one goal advantage in terms of goal difference, Japan, the underdogs, will have to beat them to top the group. But stranger things have happened. This should be a brilliant watch. 

Betfred odds: Japan 10/3, Draw 21/10, Spain ⅘.

Sportsman stat: Spain beat Japan 1-0 in a friendly in November. 

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Republic of Ireland v Nigeria

Where: Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane

When: 11am (BST)/ 8pm (AEST)

TV: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport

Referee: Katia Itzel García (Mexico)

Republic of Ireland’s last result: Canada 2-1 Ireland

Nigeria’s last result: Australia 2-3 Nigeria

Nigeria’s shock win over Australia has put them at the top of group B and with a huge chance to win the group. They reached the last 16 in 2019 when they were dumped out by Germany, but if they can beat a Republic of Ireland side who are already eliminated, they will give themselves a favourable draw for the next stage. Ireland performed well in their opening two matches, but two narrow defeats have them heading for home. 

Betfred odds: Republic of Ireland 2/1, Draw 23/10, Nigeria 23/20

Sportsman stat: Ireland have won just one of their seven games this calendar year (five losses).

Canada v Australia

Where: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne

When: 11am (BST)/ 8pm (AEST)

TV: BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport

Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)

Canada’s last result: Canada 2-1 Ireland

Australia’s last result: Australia 2-3 Nigeria

Co-hosts Australia have to win if they are going to get out of the group after a shock loss to Nigeria last time out. All eyes will be on Sam Kerr, who is set to return but it remains to be seen whether she will have the impact the home side desire this time around. Australia need their talisman more than ever, while Canada know a sole point will be enough to take them through. 

Betfred odds: Canada 21/10, Draw 23/10, Australia 11/10

Sportsman stat: Canada’s win over Ireland was their first since February.

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