Spain Women vs South Africa Women Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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The bookmakers expect Jorge Vilda's side to start their World Cup campaign with three points but there could be value in the goalscorer markets

Spain cruised through their World Cup qualification campaign, winning all eight matches en route to France 2019.

Jorge Vilda's side, though, have been handed a tough assignment in Group B alongside a well-fancied Germany side plus China and South Africa, who finished second in the 2018 Africa Women's Cup of Nations.

Latest Odds

This is by far the most winnable of Spain's group games according to the bookmakers. 888Sport go just 1/9 (1.11) that they secure maximum points in Le Havre.

South Africa are huge 20/1 (21.0) outsiders to come out on top while a draw between the pair is 15/2 (8.50).

Patri Guijarro Spain Women NT

Team News

The majority of La Roja's squad ply their trade in the Liga Iberdrola - Spain's top tier - with 15 of the 23-player squad coming from champions Atletico Madrid or runners up Barcelona.

Jennifer Hermoso is likely to be one of the most potent threats, having netted 24 league goals this season. The 29-year-old is just 12/25 (1.48) to score and 2/1 (3.0) to break the deadlock.

World Cup debutants South Africa will be captained by Janine van Wyk. The 32-year-old is the most capped player in the history of the national side.

Preview

Since losing to Nigeria on penalties in the final of the 2018 Women's AFCON, South Africa have failed to win any of their subsequent nine matches, including a thumping 7-2 defeat to Norway in their final warm-up clash.

Thembi Kgatlana and Leandra Smeda of South Africa, Banyana Banyana

With that in mind it's understandable to see Spain as such red-hot favourites, although they've rarely blown teams away. A 4-0 win over Cameroon is the only time they've covered a -2 handicap in 12 matches. A win by three or more goals is available at 21/20 (2.05) with 888Sport.

Tips and Predictions

With seemingly little value in the main match markets it could pay to take a small stakes longshot on a goalscorer selection.

Thembi Kgatlana was named African Women’s footballer of the year in 2018 and was the top scorer in that year’s AFCON with five strikes.

The 23-year-old sealed a move to Chinese side Beijing BG Phoenix after a largely unsuccessful spell with Houston Dash in NWSL. Having re-discovered her scoring touch in the last few months, Kgatlana could prove an interesting outsider to score anytime at 15/2 (8.50) with 888Sport.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Thembi Kgatlana to score anytime at 15/2 (8.50) for a 1pt stake with 888Sport

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