New Zealand vs England – England to edge tense showdown
Victory is almost essential for England against New Zealand if they want to have qualification to the quarter finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in their own hands.
England’s odds are 1/3 to beat New Zealand and both clubs will know the importance of taking three points in Dresden if they harbour hopes of reaching the latter stages of the World Cup.
A draw with Mexico was not the start that England were looking for in Group B, while New Zealand fell to a narrow defeat against Japan.
This result means that New Zealand are still waiting for their first ever point at their third World Cup and a failure to end this streak against England would virtually guarantee their exit from the competition with a game to spare.
It is 8/1 in the World Cup odds that New Zealand beat England, while the draw that would keep both teams alive in the tournament can be backed at 7/2.
Fara Williams scored England’s goal in the draw with Mexico and she has commented on how low scoring and tight the majority of games have been at the World Cup so far.
She added: “Goals will be important, but first of all, getting the three points is the most important and if it’s 1-0 to us then we will take that.
“It’s definitely a must-win game, three points will set us up nicely going into the [last group] game against Japan.”
It is 6/1 that England beat New Zealand 1-0, while it is 5/1 that England secure a 2-0 success.
With the game expected to be tight and England highlighted as being predictable by New Zealand’s English-born coach John Herdman, 14/1 may be a big price that New Zealand can shade victory 1-0.