France (first, six points) have all but secured their passage into the knockouts of the Women’s World Cup from Group A, ahead of their final group game against Nigeria (third, three points). The hosts have thumped South Korea 4-0 in the first match of their tournament, before edging past Norway 2-1 in their previous game. Unless there is a huge loss that pulls their goal difference down, the hosts are almost through to the next round. With the visitors also in contention for one of the spots, this match however, makes for an interesting reading. The French are now unbeaten in five World Cup matches, winning four. In addition, the hosts have won their last seven matches in all competitions and friendlies. The 1-0 loss to Germany in March remains France’s only loss since March 2018. Nigeria started the tournament with a 3-0 loss to Norway, but improved quickly to edge South Korea 2-0. The ‘Super Falcons’ will now hope that they can keep up their good record and stay in contention for the knockout stage as one of the four best third-placed teams. With Norway facing the South Koreans, Nigeria need to pray that France miss out on their targets.
Nigeria have won eight of their last nine games, excluding friendlies.
Nigeria have lost seven of their last ten World Cup games (W2, D1, L7).
France have won 15 of their last 16 matches including friendlies.
France are unbeaten in their last five World Cup games (W4, D1).
The bet of our experts
There is so much to play for both the sides in this game. While France are almost certain to make through, they are not yet guaranteed of the top spot. That should see the hosts put their best game forward. For Nigeria, the memo is simple – beat France and get a direct entry to the next round. On the other hand, if they get a favour from South Korea (in defeating Norway) or manage to keep their goal difference intact, they can manage their chances of qualifying as one of the best third-placed teams.
Created on 15/06/2019 at 12:06
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