Jamaica vs. Australia
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 18, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Stade des Alpes
The Line: Jamaica +3.5 / Australia -3.5 -- Over/Under: 4
Jamaica and Australia meet Tuesday in FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade des Alpes.
Jamaica has been shutout in both of its World Cup matches against Brazil and Italy and has no chance to advance out of Group C in its first ever appearance. This tournament was a success the second Jamaica became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for the women’s world cup, as it’s a nice stepping stone to building this club. While Jamaica has nothing to show for either match, this team has done a good job of controlling the ball and has a combined 25 shot attempts, with five of them being on goal. It just so happens the Reggae Girlz have run into two experienced and talented teams, setting up for a very difficult debut. The good news at this point is Jamaica will be able to play free this match with zero expectations, and that often makes for some of the most dangerous opponents.
Australia bounced back from a heartbreaking loss to Italy with a 3-2 win over Brazil where the Aussies scored three unanswered goals and stole three points. It was just the second time in women’s world cup history a team was able to win a match despite trailing by two goals. It was also the first time in 24 years a team was able to beat Brazil in the group stages. Australia has to be riding high on confidence and now has a chance to make it out of the group stages for the fourth straight world cup. Of course, it would help if Australia did a better job of getting off to a faster start this time and doesn’t let the underdogs hang around. Matildas is still a team that’s lost four of its last five matches and has allowed two or more goals in all of those meetings.
There’s no match history between these two teams.
Australia should win this match and has everything to play for, but this club has been too shaky defensively for me to lay this many goals. Jamaica may lack the experience and may not have anything to show for its first two matches, but it has done a good job of controlling ball possession and has been aggressive with its shot attempts. Jamaica has been better than what the numbers indicate, and I don’t get the feeling that this side is going to quit despite not being able to advance.
Jamaica can hang around in this match.