England go into Tuesday’s (July 5th) match with Japan knowing that a point is all they need to progress to the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup.
A disappointing draw with Mexico in their opening game was followed up by a more spirited performance in a 2-1 win over New Zealand; where Hope Powell’s girls had to come from a goal down to emerge victorious.
“We are just glad we got through the game but there is more to come from us,” the boss told BBC Sport after the match.
England are slight underdogs at 2/1 and those using their free £25 bwin bet to back the Three Lions could see a payout of £75 if they succeed.
Backing the women to get the point they need with a similar wager would see a return of £80 if England manage a draw, thanks to bwin.com’s football betting odds of 11/5 on the match ending all square.
The New Zealand match saw goals from Jill Scott and Jessica Clarke secure the win, but it also gave the likes of Kelly Smith and Fara Williams the chance to find their feet and settle into the tournament.
Powell will be hoping her talented side can push on and state their intent by beating the Japanese and those who successfully back a 2-0 win with their £25 bet would walk away with £350, thanks to bwin.com’s football betting odds of 13/1.
However, the pessimists might want to hedge their bets and could find the 13/10 odds on Japan appealing.
A £25 wager on the Japanese recording a victory would return £57.50 if they collect all three points.
Japan currently top Group B with two wins from two, having scored six goals and conceding just one.
They comprehensively beat Mexico 4-0, but could only record a 2-1 win over the Kiwis.