The group stage ends today when the final matches conclude, but the games have been made and the names of the teams moving forward are already known. France won Group B fairly easy and the United States will join them as winners of group A, while the remaining teams will only compete for a better placement.
Saving energy for the quarterfinals
The United States will face runner-ups China in a game that punters are prevented from backing the favorites, as the bookies offer no odds for the feminine dram team. Normally, the Americans could cover the -33,5 spread that Bet365 considers to be fair for odds close to evens, but this time we have reasons to doubt that. The players are saving their strength and will probably lower the tempo just as they did in the game against the Czech Republic, so it’s wiser to bet on less than 151,5 points to be scored.
Australia has an equally easy mission against Canada and even though punters can back them at odds of 1.12, it is a better idea to go the other way around. Canada won two games out of four and lost against Russia and France by only 5 points, which suggests that they are capable of defending the +11,5 handicap offered by Bet365. Liz Cambage is the number one danger for the North Americans, but if the Canadians manage to block this gifted players, they have a decent chance of causing a major upset.
A pale consolation for Great Britain
Regardless of what happens in the game between Canada and Australia, both teams will advance to the quarterfinals and the fifth placed Great Britain will exit the competition. This is why the final game against Brazil won’t make any difference and the team is playing solely for the fans. Last game turned into a thriller and despite playing against the group leader and the overwhelming favorite to win the match, the British team pushed the game into overtime.
Tonight they are once again the underdogs against a much weaker team and with Bet365 offering odds of 2.00 for a home victory, punters have all the reasons to cheer for Great Britain. Brazil lost all games so far and their motivation is inferior, so if things turn sour in the first half it is more likely for them to throw the towel. In group A the Czech Republic thrashed Angola to tie China and Turkey for the second place which means that the result of the game between Turkey and Croatia has been rendered irrelevant.