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China Women vs Spain Women Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions
16:15 BST 17/06/2019
Alexia Putellas Spain 2019
A guaranteed place in the last 16 is on the line in this Women's World Cup clash and we think there is value in backing a closely-contested affair

China and Spain face a straight shootout for second place in Women’s World Cup Group B in Le Havre on Monday night.

Both sides sit on three points after each beating South Africa and losing to Germany so far in the tournament, although La Roja have a slightly superior goal difference.

Latest Odds

Spain are bet365’s 8/11 (1.73) favourites to confirm their knockout place in style with victory at Stade Oceane, having already beaten South Africa 3-1 on this ground.

China can be backed at 10/3 (4.33) to claim victory here whilst the draw, which would see Spain through as group runners up, is a 5/2 (3.50) shot.

Team News

Both teams have a full bill of health. Lou Jiahui could regain her place in China’s starting eleven after coming on as a substitute in the 1-0 win over South Africa.


Spain dominated the early exchanges against Germany in their last match and could easily have got something out of the game if not for their wayward finishing.

Jorge Vilda’s side needed two dubious penalties to see off South Africa, too, despite having the lions’ share of possession, and spurned a hatful of chances to take control despite falling behind early on.

They could struggle to break down China’s well-coordinated defence that stood firm against Germany for over an hour and kept a clean sheet against South Africa just a few days ago.

However, their attack offered little in either match, managing only three shots on target from a total of 16 attempts in their second fixture.

Tips and Predictions

Defence could rule the roost in Le Havre and under 2.5 goals is a worthy 3/4 (1.75) with bet365, but the best value in this vital Women’s World Cup clash lays in the 9/4 (3.25) on under 1.5 goals being scored.

This would have paid out in both of China's games so far and in one of Spain's, as well as in four of the Steel Roses' last seven matches in all competitions.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.