Punters who bet on England in their Fifa Women’s World Cup quarter-final clash with France on Saturday will be keeping their fingers crossed that the Three Lionesses can upset the odds.
Hope Powell’s team have not beaten their Gallic rivals in their past ten meetings, with their last success coming in London way back in 1974.
As a result of this winless stretch, fans can get long odds on England to make it to the final four, but the side can at least feel confident that their form has improved significantly since the start of the tournament.
After beginning with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Mexico, Powell’s team edged a tight encounter with New Zealand before outmuscling Japan 2-0 in their last group match to reach the quarter-final stage.
With their performances on the up, a bet on England to beat France may look an attractive prospect – especially as bwin.com is offering odds of 43/20 on the Lionesses to come away with a positive result in regular time. That means a successful £25 bet on England will net a return of £78.75.
Punters confident that England will come through what could be a tight encounter can get odds of 9/1 on a 1-0 victory for the Three Lionesses.
Despite their impressive run against England, France are in unchartered territory in this match having never reached the quarter-finals before, with the 2011 Women’s World Cup representing just their second campaign at the highest level.
Les Bleues will have to cope without the services of first-choice goalkeeper Berangere Sapowicz, who saw red in the 4-2 defeat to tournament hosts Germany.
However, the quality of the outfield players on offer to head coach Bruno Bini means they will still start as favourites and Women’s World Cup betting fans can get odds of 11/10 for a bet on France to seal the victory. That means a £25 stake could lead to winnings of £52.50.
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