Norway vs. Australia
|Date & Time||Saturday June 22, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Australia +113 / Norway +237 / Draw +266 -- Over/Under: 2.5
Norway and Australia meet Saturday in FIFA Women's World Cup at Allianz Riviera.
Norway makes the knockout stages after beating Nigeria and South Korea, and it hopes to make the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since 2007. Norway has won the possession arrow just once through three matches but has managed to score six goals and consistently get quality looks offensively. Norway has now won seven of its last 10 matches and has scored at least one goal in eight of those contests. Gresshoppene should also feel really good moving forward considering they beat a respectable Korean side and hung with Fence until a late penalty kick decided the match. With a consistent attacking offense and a side that has six players with at least 15 international goals, Norway isn’t a team you should be taking lightly.
Australia followed up a frustrating loss to Italy with a comeback win over Brazil and a comfortable victory over Jamaica. Australia entered the tournament on a three-match losing streak and an opening loss to the Italians had everybody on edge thinking it was going to be an early exit. However, the Aussies have found the back of the net seven times in their last two matches and it feels like this is a team that’s getting stronger by the minute. Australia has its confidence back and a player in Sam Kerr, who is somebody capable of winning matches by herself and taking over elimination games. Australia went from being left for dead in that Brazil match to a side that should have its eyes on a medal.
Australia beat Norway 2-1 in the 2011 World Cup and the 2007 World Cup meeting resulted in a 1-1 draw.
These are two teams with offensive depth and playmakers, and it could create for an explosive match with a lot of scoring. With that said, betting against Australia isn’t an option for me, as this team found new life late in that Brazil match and seems to be getting stronger and more confident by the minute. While you take every match at a time, the Aussies have to like their chances to at the very least be in the third place game with the way the draw has opened up.
Australia makes the quarterfinals.