While the USA team is +225 favorite, England is +375, Germany is +650, Spain is +700, and France is +800.
England is a strong contender, but they’re unfortunately missing some outstanding star players due to injury, such as Leah Williamson, the now former captain, Beth Mead, and Fran Kirby. And they’ve all been taken out by an ACL injury.
But Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter are two players capable of taking them to glory.
Germany is the second most successful country in Women’s World Cup history, winning the trophy twice consecutively.
Alexandra Pop was named Germany’s top female player twice, and she tied for a record-high of six goals at the Euro 2022. Kathrin Hendrich as a defender and Lina Magull on offense will also be forces.
I’m surprised Spain is predicted to be one of the top teams, given they had to go through a restructuring. Fifteen players announced their resignation from the Women’s World Cup because of coaching staff problems.
So 35% of the original roster is still on the team, and the key Spanish players to watch are Alexia Putellas, Aitana Bonmati, and Ona Batlle.
France has a stacked lineup with Kadidiatou Diani, Sandy Baltimore, Delphine Cascarino, Sakina Karchaoui, and Selma Bacha. But my hunch is that their odds are a little lower than one might expect because of their new manager.
Hervé Renard recently became manager of France’s women’s national team in April—yes, just three months ago. But there’s a chance this team gets the new coach effect and performs admirably after releasing a manager that the French players didn’t get along with.
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