Despite winning the Women’s World Cup 2023 opener, New Zealand failed to meet expectations as one of the hosts since the Football Ferns didn’t even qualify for the Round of 16. On the other hand, Australia will play in the quarterfinals for the fourth time, in which they will face France.
Keep in mind that playing at home isn’t enough for the Matildas to come in as the favorites since France remains unbeaten and has had better results in soccer’s grandest stage.
Australia: More than Kerr
Prior to the start of the tournament, all the buzz around Australia was focused on Sam Kerr. Of course, she’s one of the best players in the world, enough to have finished third in the Ballon d’Or race the last two seasons.
Nevertheless, Chelsea’s striker hasn’t contributed much due to a series of discomforts. In fact, she didn’t play at all during the Group Stage and came off the bench during the 2-0 victory over Denmark in the Round of 16.
The good news is that the Matildas haven’t missed Kerr. They have scored in each of their four games and Hayley Raso is having a great tournament. Real Madrid’s striker is among the top scorers with three goals. There’s also Caitlin Ford, who leads the team in assists with two.
Don’t get me wrong, having Kerr coming off the bench is huge for the Matildas, but I just wanted to clarify that we’re talking about a well-balanced squad in which each player knows and plays her role very well.
Precisely, that’s why the Matildas can be considered a tempting soccer betting underdog, especially at +275, which gives you the chance of winning $250 per every $100 wagered. Considering they won eight of their last 10 home games by a 20-2 aggregate, that’s a great deal.
Diani Leads France
Unlike Kerr, Kadidiatou Diani, who plays for Olympique Lyon, has made a big difference. I think it’s fair to say that she’s the main reason for you to consider including Les Bleus in your soccer picks.
First, she has scored four goals, including one in the 4-0 victory over Morocco in the Round of 16. Overall, only Hinata Miyazawa from Japan has scored more with five goals Second, she leads the tournament in assists with three.
“Winning the World Cup title is our childhood dream. Now it’s up to us to make history, which will be far from easy, but we’ll give it everything we’ve got to make that dream a reality” said Diani after the victory over Morocco.
The good news is that France’s supporting cast is extremely good, starting with Eugenie Le Sommer, who has scored three goals. There’s also Selma Bacha, who has two assists. Finally, the entire defensive unit has been stellar. Les Bleus finished with a clean sheet twice and limited Brazil to only one goal.
They deserve to be in control of the soccer lines at +110. Including the WC, they only lost one of their last 12 matches. They scored in nine of those matches and finished with a clean sheet five times. Summing up, we’re talking about a powerhouse.
Australia vs France Head-to-Head
This will be the first official match between Australia and France. However, back in July, the two collided in a friendly match that the Matildas ended up winning 1-0. The match was in Melbourne and Mary Fowler was the scorer.
You can expect another close contest on Saturday, but the total is set at two goals and the over is offering a -140 price in the sportsbook. The total has gone over two goals in two of Australia’s four WC matches while the same happened in three of France’s games.
Australia vs France Match Information
- Match: Australia vs France
- Date/Time: Saturday, Aug 12, 3 a.m. ET
- Location: Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
- Australia vs France Live Stream: fuboTV
Australia vs France Betting Lines
Australia vs France Picks and Prediction
France is the better team, no doubt about it, but don’t underestimate the power of playing at home. There’s also the fact that all the pressure will be on Les Bleus’ shoulders. Plus, having Kerr back at full speed will motivate the entire squad of Australia, enough for them to force extra time. That’s right, go ahead and bet on the draw, which is offering a very good price – almost as good as the underdog – and could further improve via live betting.