Italy vs Netherlands predictions & best bets, Women’s World Cup preview
Prepare for an intriguing FIFA Women’s World Cup quarter-final when powerful the Netherlands play Italy in Valenciennes in the first match of the big double-header.
The Dutch team are rated hot $2.10 favourites for the match, with Italy at $3.40 and the draw at $3.10.
Italy surprised China 2-0 in the round of 16 and are playing in their first quarter-final at the Women’s World Cup since 1991. They are the lowest-ranked left in the hunt but face a formidable foe in the reigning European champions.
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The rising power Netherlands battled past Japan 2-1 in the round of 16, but suffered a sickening blow when star player Lieke Martens, 26, picked up a painful foot injury while celebrating the second of her two goals. Teammate Jill Roord landed heavily on Martens’ foot.
The FIFA women’s player of the year in 2017 told reporters she would be OK to play against Italy but has missed all training sessions since and is in grave doubt for this quarter-final.
That’s worth considering when deciding on an overall bet and goal-scorer options.
The Dutch are looking to reach the semi-finals for the first time.
Read on for our free betting predictions for the Italy vs Netherlands Women’s World Cup clash to be played in Valenciennes.
Best bets: Italy vs Netherlands
Ahead of each Women’s World Cup quarter-final we will give our best bets and betting predictions. Here are our two best ahead of the Italy vs Netherlands clash.
Both teams to score at $1.91
The Netherlands have had their defensive issues. We expect the Netherlands’ powerful attack to be good enough to to overcome a stern Italy defence and score at least two goals, but their defences lapses are worrying. That’s why we can see the goals flowing.
Cristiana Girelli to score any time at $3.40
As mentioned the Dutch have serious issues at the back and Girelli is most likely to be on the spot to punish any errors. The Juventus FC women’s striker has already scored three goals in the tournament and is at the peak of her powers.
Italy vs Netherlands prediction
Italy have maintained underdog status throughout this tournament but the lid will be off if they can win this one against the powerhouse Dutch. We expect though that the greater big-game experience of the Netherlands will shine through, particularly if its tight late and the match goes to extra time. Another fascinating contest looms.
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