Canada has a chance to avenge its 4-0 loss to France from last year's World Cup with the reward being an Olympic medal.
The heart-wrenching 4-3 defeat to the United States on Monday has generated a wrath of criticism of the officia,l but, more importantly, has put a lot more focus on the womens game and especially this bronze medal game, which has translated into a lot more available betting options.
The last time these two squads met, France destroyed the Canadians 4-0, which eliminated Big Red from the 2011 Womens World Cup.
The woman that led that route with two goals will be front and centre again for the French and Gaëtane Thiney has worked very well in the attacking mid role so far during the Games. Her one goal in five matches doesn’t give her the credit she deserves. Her ability to get the entertaining French forward with great distribution to Marie-Laure Delie and Laura Georges - each with two goals in the competition - allowed France to make a strong run to the semis with three wins in four matches before losing in disappointing fashion to World Champion’s Japan despite dominating the vast majority of the game.
Most Canadians will easily side with their hearts but, when it comes to your wallet, beware of the French who with an extra day’s rest are paying evens (2.00) to win outright within 90 minutes.
The draw after 90 is sitting at 3.25 and with the inspired performance of Christine Sinclair and company, this could very well be the best possibility for the balance of your patriotism and betting gut of the day.
As FIFA has announced there will be no sanctions or suspensions against the Canadians before the match, John Herdman’s girls will have their full roster available and will certainly need it. Canada is currently paying 3.50 to win, which is actually down fifty cents from Wednesday morning, meaning bettors worldwide are picking the Canucks to get a result. That could go down even further as the domestic hype for the game grows towards kickoff.
The odds for both teams to score in the match is at 1.61 while Canada leading 1-0 would pay 2.37. One other bet I like is which half will produce the most goals and the second half should provide a wild run to the bronze. Take a look at it with a payout of 1.90.
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