Australia comes in as the soccer betting favorite to win Group B due to being one of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 hosts. In addition, they’re led by Sam Kerr, who’s considered one of the best players on the planet.
Canada comes in as Australia’s main threat, but first, they must defeat Nigeria. The team known as the Super Falcons hasn’t missed a World Cup since 1991. Many experts labeled Group B as the Group of Death.
Nigeria: Led by One of the Best
There are several reasons to consider Nigeria a good betting online underdog, but none bigger than Asisat Oshoala. At 28, Oshoala is considered one of the best players in the world. The striker plays for FC Barcelona and was named the best African footballer of the decade in 2021.
Most recently, she was one of the Champions League’s top scorers with five goals during the 2023 edition, which Barcelona won. This will be Oshoala’s third World Cup; she scored at least one goal in the previous two.
Nigeria is a well-balanced, experienced team. It has never missed a World Cup. In 2019, the Super Falcons managed to advance to the Round of 16, losing to Germany.
On the road to the 2023 edition, no other team scored more goals than Nigeria in the Group Stage with seven goals. Later, the Super Falcons defeated Cameroon 1-0 in the Round of 8 but lost in the Semifinals to Morocco in penalties, finishing the qualifiers undefeated.
Nigeria is offering a +1000 price in the soccer odds.
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Canada: Sleeping Giant
Canada has always been the main threat to the USA in CONCACAF. In fact, the two collided in the qualifiers’ grand finale, where USA won 1-0 thanks to a goal scored in the 78th minute from the penalty spot. Canada finished fourth in the 2003 World Cup.
On the road to Australia-New Zealand 2023, Canada scored nine goals and conceded only one – against the USA in the championship match. Jessie Fleming and Julia Grosso finished as the tournament’s top scorers with three goals each, but eight different players ended up scoring.
On top of that, Kailen Sheridan won the Golden Glove Award. Plus, since English head coach Bev Priestman took over in 2020, Canada has only lost three games.
Regarding the soccer lines, they’re offering a -330 price to win straight up. I know that seems a bit high, but this team has a great mix of experienced and young players, including Christine Sinclair, who’s 40 and has scored 190 goals. This will be Sinclair’s last dance and there’s no doubt that she wants to walk into the sunset with the trophy in her hands.
Nigeria vs Canada Head-to-Head
These two have met four times. Canada leads the series 2-1-1, but Nigeria won the only time they collided in a World Cup. It was in the Group Stage of the 2011 edition; Nigeria won 1-0 thanks to Perpetua Nkwocha, who scored in the 73rd minute. That result allowed Nigeria to avoid finishing dead last, but they both were eliminated.
A match between these two has never finished with a goalless draw, which is why the total for their debut in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup is set at three goals, with the over and under offering a -115 price, which could further improve via Women’s World Cup 2023 live betting.
Nigeria vs Canada Match Information
- Match: Nigeria vs Canada
- Date/Time: Thursday, July 20 10:30 p.m. ET
- Location: AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia
- Nigeria vs Canada Live Stream: fubo.tv
Nigeria vs Canada Betting Lines
Nigeria vs Canada Picks and Prediction
I truly expect the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be the most competitive edition to date, starting with this match. We’ve two well-balanced squads led by two great strikers in Oshoala and Fleming. Canada will control possession, but Nigeria will do a lot of damage on the counterattack. Go ahead and bet on the draw, which is offering a great price in the Las Vegas odds.