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USA Favorites to Repeat as Champions at 2019 Women’s World Cup

Dec 10, 2018 4:40 AM EST

Kyle Terada – USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: September 4, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; Team USA midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) is congratulated after scoring a goal against Chile during the second half in an international friendly soccer match at Avaya Stadium. Team USA defeated Chile 4-0.

  • After an incredible 2018 Men's World Cup, soccer fans and bettors don't have to wait long for the 2019 Women's World Cup, which kicks off June 7, 2019 in France.
  • USA are the +250 favorites to hoist the trophy for the fourth time in eight World Cup tournaments, and have been drawn into a group with Sweden, Thailand and Chile.

Soccer fans won’t have to wait long for another big tournament as the 2019 Women’s World Cup kicks off on June 7, 2019 in France. There will be 24 teams competing in nine cities.

USA are the defending champions and have been drawn into a group with Sweden, Chile and Thailand. The top two teams in each of the six groups will advance to the knockout round, as will the four best third-place teams.

USA, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway and Sweden have qualified for all eight Women’s World Cups.

Chile, Scotland, Jamaica and South Africa will be making their first appearance.

France are the hosts of the tournament and will play Norway, South Korea and Nigeria in the group stage, a rather difficult draw.

Odds to Win the 2019 Women’s World Cup (via bwin):

  • USA are the +250 favorites to repeat as champions, very similar to their odds (+300) before the 2015 tournament.
  • France and Germany are their most formidable opponents, listed at +350 and +450 odds, respectively.
  • Japan, the runners-up in 2015, are listed at +900 to win it all, roughly the same odds as four years ago.
  • Thailand are the biggest underdogs at +25000 to win it all, just behind South Africa (+20000) and Jamaica (+20000).
  • One team I’d keep an eye on is Netherlands (+900). They’re a very intriguing dark horse with the talent and star power to win it all.

Previous Winners and Runners-up:

  • Only four nations have won the Women’s World Cup, founded in 1991.
  • Germany are the only back-to-back winners, but USA have three titles.
  • Norway and Japan are the only other winners.
  • Three of the seven World Cup Finals needed extra time or penalties to determine a winner.
  • Seven different countries have lost in the World Cup Final.


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