Women’s World Cup 2023 Group B fixtures
Women’s World Cup 2023 Group B betting odds
|Top the group
|Reach last 16
|Eliminated in this group
|Rep of Ireland
Group B contains two of the very best teams on the planet.
It would be a huge upset if either Australia or Canada failed to make it out of this group, with their clash at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on 31 July likely to determine who takes top spot.
Australia certainly have the edge in that regard, not least because they’re co-hosting this tournament.
The Matildas’ objective is to reach a World Cup semi-final for the very first time, and their path to achieving this will be much smoother should they top this group, avoiding European Champions England in the round of 16.
Canada though should be a serious force in their own right, given that les Rouges won gold at the most-recent Olympic Games in 2021, beating Sweden in the final on penalties.
However, Canada Soccer is faced with so many issues right now, not least the fact they’re on the verge of bankruptcy, so Bev Priestman’s team will have to do plenty of compartmentalising Down Under.
Nevertheless, neither of the group’s underdogs are likely to challenge the top two.
Republic of Ireland are making their debut at a major tournament, they’ve never even qualified for the Euros before, and will take on Australia in front of over 82,000 fans on opening night, which won’t be at all easy.
Nigeria meantime are World Cup ever-presents but, to date, have won just 4 of 26 matches, beating both Korea DPR and Denmark in 1999, Canada in 2011 and Korea Republic four years ago.
So, these two will be targeting their matchday three clash in Brisbane as their best chance to get points on the board.