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Women's World Cup Betting: England well-backed to claim glory in France
14:02 BST 07/06/2019
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The Three Lionesses lost out in the semi-finals four years ago but punters seem to be expecting better this time around across the English Channel

The Women’s World Cup kicks off on Friday night when hosts France face South Korea and it is expected to be a big summer of wagering.

William Hill are anticipating more than £10 million to be wagered throughout the tournament, which finishes on July 7.

France are 10/3 (4.33) favourites to lift the trophy for the first time, just ahead of reigning champions USA at 7/2 (4.50), but unsurprisingly, the bookmaker has seen plenty of money on England.

Phil Neville’s side are 7/1 (8.0) to win the competition, fourth-favourites just behind Germany, and the current liability on England is in excess of £500,000.

“There is a lot of hype around the Lionesses, with good reason, and our punters are putting their money where their mouths are,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

“They are our worst result by far and at the moment they represent a six-figure liability. By the end of the tournament, that could be seven figures.”

The Three Lionesses lost in the semi-finals four years ago, with an injury time own goal by Laura Bassett against Japan ending their dream in Canada, and will be hoping to go deeper this time around.

England scored just nine goals in the 2015 edition, fewer than the other semi-finalists, and Neville will look to Ellen White and Jodie Taylor this time to ensure they are more potent in front of goal.

White, who just secured a move to Women’s FA Cup winners Manchester City, is 11/1 (12.0) to become the first Englishwoman to win the Golden Boot, whilst Euro 2017 top scorer Taylor is 16/1 (17.0).

The 6/1 (7.0) favourite is USA’s Alex Morgan and she is best-backed to be the top scorer at William Hill. Morgan, who plays for Orlando Pride in the NWSL, has 101 international goals to her name in just 162 appearances.