Thu, Nov 8, 12:14pm by Staff Writer
It’s been a big year for women’s football in Australia with Football Federation Australia announcing it’s bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup last month and on the pitch, the Matildas are well placed to go deep into next year’s World Cup in France.
Although the Asian Cup campaign ended in heartbreak in April, when the Aussies lost 1-0 to Japan in the final, the star-studded lineup from down under have reassembled for a two-match series against Chile, beginning this Saturday in Penrith before the second match in Newcastle on Tuesday.
Alen Stajcic’s side have just returned from a tour of Europe and although the 2-0 loss to France which was followed by a 1-1 draw with England wasn’t ideal, the squad didn’t have the likes of established stars Sam Kerr, Emily can Egmond and Lydia Williams but the trio will return to the team for this series, which is crucial in the preparation for next June’s World Cup.
As the sixth ranked team in the world, the Matildas are heavily favoured to get the better of the South Americans, but the Chileans must not be taken lightly, given they have just qualified for their first World Cup, with a 4-0 win over neighbours Argentina in the final match of the Copa America in April.
Chile are currently sitting 39th in the FIFA rankings, which may explain the $26 on offer for the Las Chicas de Rojo to salute, while the hosts are at the skinny odds of $1.04 ahead of the draw at $12.
Once again all eyes will be on Australia’s attacking midfield star Sam Kerr, who was rested for the Matildas’ tour of Europe last month but the reigning American National Women’s Soccer League Golden Boot winner is ready to go for the green and gold on Saturday and the Chilean defence had better be on their game if they want to stop the 25-year old from Fremantle, who scored 16 goals from 19 games for Chicago Fire last season.
Standing in Kerr’s way will be Chilean skipper and goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who is currently in the middle of a brilliant season with Paris Saint-Germain, and her brilliant shot-stopping abilities have seen compared to World Cup winning German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Suggested Bet: Australia to win 2-0: $10
Australia v Chile Odds
Australia 1 – 0 $17
Australia 2 – 0 $10
Australia 2 – 1 $13
Australia 3 – 0 $7
Australia 3 – 1 $9
Australia 3 – 2 $21
Australia 4 – 0 $8.50
Draw 0 – 0 $51
Draw 1 – 1 $26
Draw 2 – 2 $34
Draw 3 – 3 $101
Chile 1 – 0 $67
Chile 2 – 0 $201
Chile 2 – 1 $67
Chile 3 – 0 $401
Australia By 1 Goal $6
Chile By 1 Goal $21
Chile By 2+ Goals $34
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