Hosts France face a crucial final Group A match against Nigeria on Monday night, knowing a point will be enough for them to top the group.
Les Bleues opened with a 4-0 win over South Korea before Eugenie Le Sommer’s second half penalty gave them a 2-1 victory over Norway on Wednesday.
Nigeria, meanwhile, surprised South Korea 2-0 in their second group match to give themselves an excellent chance of qualifying for the knockout stages for the second time in their history.
It is little surprise that 888Sport make France just 1/10 (1.10) to maintain their 100 per cent record in Rennes, whilst it is 35/1 (36.0) that the Super Falcons take the points. The draw trades at 15/2 (8.50).
Striker Valerie Gauvin came off the bench in France’s first game before starting and scoring in the second, so is likely to keep her place for this one.
Asisat Oshoala has scored Nigeria’s only goal of the tournament, with their first against South Korea being an own goal, so should lead the line again here.
Although the Super Falcons will be encouraged by their unlikely victory over South Korea last time out, they will have their work cut out to get anything from this clash.
Instead, they could focus on limiting France to as few strikes as possible. Goal difference could prove to be the deciding factor in the ranking of third-placed teams, of which four out of six go through to the knockout stages.
The hosts could also be content with a solid, if unspectacular victory, with three points giving them top spot in Group A and momentum heading into the last 16.
Tips and Predictions
Under 3.5 goals is priced at 3/4 (1.75) with 888Sport and that looks a good way for punters to have some interest in this clash in Rennes.
France laboured to victory over Norway and after such an energy-sapping result, could struggle to break down a Nigeria defence buoyed after keeping just their third clean sheet in Women’s World Cup history.