Jul 10, 2023
The build-up is over. The friendlies have been played, the squads have been announced and the teams have all flown Down Under ready to play. The kick-off for the 2023 Women’s World Cup Finals is now just days away. It’s time to make your final selections in your Women’s World Cup game and see if you can predict who will make it through to the final at Stadium Australia on 20th August.
The front runners
The clear favourites are the United States. They have won half of the eight World Cups so far, with victory in the first tournament in 1991, then again 1999. They have also won the last two World Cups, with victories in 2015 and 2019. Many are predicting that they’ll pull off the ultimate women’s football hattrick with a third straight victory this year, with the bookies listing them at short odds of 5/2. However, there are a few teams with other ideas.
The chasing pack
Germany, the team England defeated in their epic Euro 2022 win at Wembley, are currently second in the world rankings and should give USA a run for their money. England are also amongst the favourites, even though they are a shadow of the side that won the Euros. Injuries to the likes of Leah Williamson and Beth Mead, along with the retirement of Jungle Jill Scott and prolific goal scorer Ellen White, have left the team in transition. It remains to be seen if they can reorganise their talent in time to make an impact on the tournament.
Other teams worth thinking about
While the US, Germany and England are stealing all the headlines and attention, they are not the only contenders in Australia and New Zealand. Canada surprised a lot of people by winning the Olympic Gold medal in Tokyo a couple of years ago, and have a good chance to cause an upset or two. Similarly, many of Spain’s players have tasted glory very recently, with a large chunk of their squad coming from Women’s Champions League winners, Barcelona.
Long shots and potential surprises
It’s easy to go for the favourites all the time, but in any tournament, there will always be surprises. Finding the right underdog for your Women’s World Cup game selections could give you the edge and make a big difference come the final whistle. France may be 12/1 with the bookies, but they have a new manager and a great squad of experienced players and fresh faces. Brazil too can never be written off in any football tournament and home advantage could be just the boost that Australia need to defy their 10/1 status and spring a surprise.
A month of fantastic football
The Noise Women’s World Cup game spans a whole month, from 20th July to 20th August, and covers a massive 64 games. You can follow every game, live, on free to air TV in the UK, although the 3am kick off between Colombia and South Korea may be one for only the most dedicated fans or compulsive completists.
England kick off their campaign at Brisbane Stadium on 22nd July against Haiti, starting at 10.30 on ITV, followed by a match against Denmark in Sydney on 28th July, at 9:30 on BBC, with their final group D game against China in Adelaide on 1st August at noon on ITV.
Good luck with your predictions
Whether you’re patriotically backing England or sticking firmly to the favourites. Whether you fancy one of the front runners or you’re searching for a lucky longshot. It’s game on in the Noise Women’s World Cup game very soon, and we wish you all the best of luck with your predictions.
Of course, with this much fun to be had with your colleagues and your company, everyone is a winner with the Women’s World Cup game. And if you’re enjoying this, look out for our next football prediction game for Euro 2024 coming early next year.