2023 Women’s World Cup Tips; Back Norway and Australia to start with wins

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Football Betting Tips; The Women’s World Cup kicks off on Thursday with co-hosts New Zealand and Australia both in group action.

New Zealand get their campaign underway against Norway Women in Group A, with Australia facing the Republic of Ireland Women in Group B. Both nations are likely to have contrasting fortunes in their opening matches. Here we look at their respective match odds and name our football betting tips for both fixtures.

Norway set to upset the host’s opening night

  • 2023 FIFA World Cup Group A
  • New Zealand Women vs Norway Women
  • Thursday, 20th July, 2023
  • Eden Park, Auckland

The best football betting sites don’t see the opening fixture for Jitka Klimková’s team going very well. New Zealand are 9/1 to upset the Norwegians in their Group A clash at Eden Park. The draw is 9/2, and Norway are 1/5. 

New Zealand Women have never won a World Cup fixture in four competition attempts and they’ve finished bottom of their group on all four occasions. Although they won’t admit it, just winning a game will probably be a success for the co-hosts.

As for Norway, they failed in the group stage of the Women’s UEFA Euros in 2023, and they were on the end of that 8-0 hammering by England. 

The Norwegians are still in a different class to the female ferns. They boast talent like Guro Reiten of Chelsea, and Graham Hansen of Barcelona, with the latter just having won the Champions League. 

Backing Norway at 1/5 isn’t the most sensible football betting tip. But on the match handicap market, Norway is 3/4 at -1 goals. 

Australia look to lay down a marker

  • 2023 FIFA World Cup Group B
  • Australia Women vs Republic of Ireland Women
  • Thursday, 20th July, 2023
  • Stadium Australia, Sydney

Across the Tasman Sea in Sydney, Australia takes on the Republic of Ireland in the second match of the opening day. Australia are the red hot favourites at 1/5, with the draw at 4/1, and the Republic of Ireland at 10/1.

Australia are one of the betting favourites to win the competition. And in Sam Kerr they have one of the competitions top strikers. The Aussies enter the World Cup with real belief that they can use home advantage to win the competition.

As for their opponents, the Republic of Ireland, they’ve had a bizarre build up. This is the Republic’s first ever time at a Women’s World Cup. It should be a joyful occasion, but it has been anything but. 

Their head coach Vera Pauw has been surrounded by controversy in the build up, with accusations and denials afoot about her behaviour while coaching in America. And a recent warm-up match had to be abandoned due to Ireland’s opponents, Columbia, being too physical. 

It’s hard to see anything other than a good hammering coming the way of the Irish in Sydney. 

Sam Kerr to score and Australia to win by two or more goals is 21/10. And we think that is a good value bet. If you're feeling really bullish about the Aussie Women’s chances, over 3.5 goals is 7/4, and also looks like a good value bet. 

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