FIFA Women's World Cup - England Backing Belies Their Odds

Despite being 4th favorite to win, the Lionesses account for a staggering 28% of the total bets
Pete Watt
Wed, June 5, 11:31 AM EDT

Phil Neville’s England are heading to the World Cup as the most heavily bet on side in the tournament, despite being as long as +800 with some books.

Reigning champions USA and hosts France are joint-favorites at +450, but enjoy just 11% and 8% of the market share respectively.

The Netherlands are just behind with 7%, but in the last 24 hours they have received nearly twice as many bets as any other nation.

The other surprise on the market is Germany who, despite having a fearsome reputation in tournament football, have been largely neglected by the betting public.

As short at +550 and deemed the third most likely team to lift the trophy, Die Nationalelf make up just 3% of bets – less than the likes of Canada, Australia and Japan.

Elsewhere in the sportsbook, it is America’s Alex Morgan who leads the way for individual accolades; she is the books pick for Player of the Tournament at +600, and Top Goalscorer at +700.

Oddschecker spokesperson Pete Watt: “England’s last warm-up game against New Zealand ended in disaster, with the Kiwis producing a big upset to win 1-0.

“However, the bettors appear to see it as nothing but a blip and have backed the Lionesses to ‘bring it home’”

“The peerless Alex Morgan could scoop both personal awards, but you can bet that she’d swap them to see her team lift the trophy!”

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