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The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup promises to be one of the most fiercely-contested tournaments yet, with numerous teams in with a genuine chance of lifting the trophy.
The finals are scheduled to take place in France from June 7 to July 7, 2019. There will be six groups of four teams with the top two plus the four best third-placed teams progressing to the knockout phase.
Read on as we look at four of the main contenders to win the Women’s World Cup next summer.
United States the team to beat
The Americans are the favorites to win the World Cup in the online betting. They cruised through the CONCACAF Women’s Championship during October, smashing 18 goals combined past Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.
They beat Jamaica 6-0 in the semifinals, which sealed their qualification to France 2019, before defeating Canada 2-0 to claim a record eighth regional title. With the likes of Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan in their line-up, the U.S. will be extremely tough to beat this summer.
Time for France to deliver?
The hosts qualified automatically for the tournament and will be eager to put past disappointments firmly behind them on home soil.
They lost in the semifinals in 2011 and the quarterfinals four years later, but hopes are high that they can put that right this summer. Star players such as Wendie Renard, Amandine Henry and Eugenie Le Sommer give the hosts a strong looking spine.
The biggest question around Les Bleues will be the pressure on home soil — just a year after the men’s team reclaimed the World Cup.
Germany a tough nut to crack
Germany’s qualification campaign got off to a disappointing start, with the two-time world champions surprisingly defeated at home by Iceland.
They bounced back from that result to win their next seven games without conceding a goal to finish top of Group 5 in the European zone.
New head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg will have her squad well-drilled and Germany are expected to go a long way in the World Cup. Does that have more to do with their name than with current form? We’ll soon find out.
England expects under new boss Neville
After reaching the semifinals in their last two major tournaments, England went into qualifying full of confidence.
They averaged over three goals per game, conceded just once, and never really looked in any danger of failing to make it through.
Former Manchester star Phil Neville was a controversial appointment as manager. He will expect big things from his team in France — and both he and his players know the pressure is on to deliver.
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