Be sure to start your betting week off on the right foot with some Monday afternoon action live from the Women’s World Cup in France. It has been an exciting tournament so far, though our betting predictions have produced some mixed results. Let’s hope the tide turns with what certainly should be a high-skill game between Group E rivals, Canada and Cameroon.
Following a tough World Cup four years ago on home soil, the Canadians will look to avenge that harsh memory with a stellar showing at France 2019. Though their men’s program is not all that strong, the Canadian women have to be considered one of the better squads in this competition, and one that possesses a real shot to potentially win this tournament. Led by the veteran Christine Sinclair up front, the Canadians have very few holes within their lineup. They can seemingly score at will and defend against the best, and out of all the teams in this tournament – they arguably enter in the best form, having yet to lose a match in 2019.
Their African opponents from Cameroon will have their work cut out for them. In what promises to be a tough Group E – the Indomitable Lionesses likely will fail to match their output from four years ago where they reached the knockout stages. Still, they have speed and attacking quality up front, always traits that could give teams trouble.
Canada is one of my favourite teams to watch. Their adaptability and attacking prowess makes for enjoyable football, and I think they could really surprise here. Keep reading below the odds as we break down Canada/Cameroon and end off with a wagering selection for this Group E opener.
Canada vs. Cameroon Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-145)
Under 2.5 (+125)
Canada -2 (-128)
Cameroon +2 (+108)
Canada vs. Cameroon Pick:
You have to fancy Canada’s chances in this fixture, as well as the tournament as a whole. Up front Christine Sinclair gives the Canadians the target striker so many teams desire. Her size, speed, and skill will completely overwhelm a shoddy Cameroon defense. One of the props I like in this match is Sinclair to score and Canada to win, if you can find that at your respective sportsbooks. It is also worth mentioning that Sinclair is just four goals away from being the top goal-scorer in all of women’s international soccer. Sinclair has 180, and America’s Abby Wambach holds the record with 184. It should be intriguing to watch her try and catch that at France 2019.
Expect Sinclair to see a ton of the ball against Cameroon. This is because of her commanding generals in the midfield – routinely winning balls and creatively delivering her the ball in space. The tandem of veteran Sophie Schmidt and Janine Beckie are excellent in support and should be able to control that matchup.
As mentioned above, the Canucks enter in fine form in all facets. They’ve shut out Norway and England in recent matches, and though Cameroon does have some dangerous aspects – the Canadian structure is stellar and likely unmatched among many others in the tournament.
Expect the Canadians to start strong. In a division where finishing first will be crucial due to potential cross-over matches in the knockout round, the Canadians can ill afford to take their foot off the pedal. I anticipate Canada winning comfortably and securing the over on total goals in this matchup. Canada has too much firepower for Cameroon’s defense, while the Indomitable Lionesses could surprise with a goal of their own. Something along the lines of 3-1 seems fitting for this matchup.