England’s upcoming Women’s World Cup clash with New Zealand has been billed as a must-win for Hope Powell’s side.
After drawing their opening match with Mexico, the Three Lionesses will be looking to make experience count as they face the Football Ferns in the second round of matches.
Despite the pressure of needing a win to maintain a realistic chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition, England are widely tipped to emerge victorious against John Herdman’s charges.
bwin prices Powell’s team at 19/50 to secure a much-needed win, while another draw for England is offered at odds of 18/5 and a Kiwi win is seen as a 25/4 bet.
In order for England to ensure they get the result they need, particular attention will need to be paid to New Zealand captain Amber Heard.
The Ottowa Fury forward has hit 23 goals in just 47 international appearances and scored in the Ferns’ 2-1 loss to Japan last time out.
However, while England will be wary of the Canada-based player’s ability, Powell will be confident that her experienced squad will prove to be too strong for New Zealand.
Captain Faye White, who turns out for Arsenal in domestic competitions, is an experienced campaigner with 12 goals from 88 games, while Boston Breakers striker Kelly Smith is arguably one of the biggest names in the ladies’ game.
The former Arsenal, New Jersey Wildcats and Philadelphia Charge attacker has hit 43 goals during her international career, which has now spanned 105 matches.
With England unable to hold on to a lead in the opening fixture, however, a number of fans looking to put football bets on the Women’s World Cup could be enticed by the odds on the half-time result.
Backing England to be up going into the break is priced at 18/25, while a half-time draw offers odds of 7/4 and New Zealand are priced at 5/1 to have the better of the first 45 minutes.
As the wonder goal scored by Mexico’s Monica Ocampo in the first game of the cup showed, goalkeeper Karen Bardsley is fallible between the sticks for England and as such, some punters could be tempted to back an England win with a goal for New Zealand.
A 2-1 result is priced at 8/1, while a 3-1 victory offers odds of 28/1. However, those who are of the opinion that Bardsley will be looking to put on an impressive display after conceding from long range last time out could be tempted to back a 2-0 England win, which is currently available at 6/1.
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