Canada will be looking to secure their place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup when they face New Zealand at Stade des Alpes on Saturday night.
Kadeisha Buchanan’s goal on the stroke of half-time gave them a deserved 1-0 victory against Cameroon, meaning the 2015 hosts will guarantee a top two spot in Group E with three more points here.
New Zealand were desperately unlucky not to take a surprise point against the Netherlands in their first match, resisting the Dutch attack until the 92nd minute in a 1-0 loss. They are 8/1 (9.0) to stun Canada.
Christine Sinclair will lead the line for Canada as she looks for the four goals that will see her overtake Abby Wambach as the all-time leading goalscorer in football.
New Zealand are likely to set up in the same 4-1-4-1 formation as they look to claim a valuable point that could help them reach the knockout stages, potentially as one of the best third-placed sides.
For all Canada’s dominance against Cameroon, they struggled for any kind of efficiency up front that would have seen them record something more convincing than a 1-0 win.
Of their 16 total shots, just four were on target, and that is not something that is a rare occurrence for Kenneth Heiner-Moller’s side in 2019.
That was their sixth normal time win in their last nine matches, with the other three being draws, but only on two of those occasions have Canada managed more than one goal.
As well, New Zealand showed the strength of their defence against Euro 2017 champions Netherlands and will be aiming for a similar showing on Saturday.
Tips and Predictions
Under 2.5 goals is available at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365 and looks like solid value for this clash.
It would have paid out in eight of Canada’s last 10 matches and in seven of the Football Ferns’ last nine, so another tightly-contested World Cup game could be on the cards in Grenoble.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.