England’s Lionesses are overwhelming 1/100 favourites to win their opening Women’s World Cup Group D clash with Haiti, which kicks off in Brisbane at 10.30 am UK time on Saturday morning.
Haiti are currently ranked 53rd in the world by FIFA but shouldn’t be considered cannon fodder despite odds of 35/1 for victory. They lost just 3-0 to the USA in qualifying last year and haven’t been beaten by more than five since 2015.
That means our England vs Haiti betting tips are going to have get creative if value bets are to be found but fear not, we’ve unearthed some decent prices amidst the lopsided markets on offer.
England vs Haiti Women’s World Cup best bets
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Hungry Lionesses should be up to equalling Portuguese exploits
The handicaps were always going to be thoroughly scrutinised in a betting contest of this nature and -4 /+4 is where the bookies reach equilibrium – both sides are 5/4.
As referenced above, Women’s World Cup outright favourites the USA were only able to overcome Les Grenadieres by a three-goal margin when the sides clashed last year.
Since then, however, Haiti have been beaten 4-0 by CONCACAF rivals Jamaica and 5-0 by Portugal. Even with Beth Mead and Fran Kirby injured England should have more attacking quality than either of those sides.
WSL top scorer Rachel Daly, recent Arsenal signing Alessia Russo and Spurs’ Bethany England will all have designs on being the spearhead of Wiegman’s stock 4-3-3. All will be ravenous for goals if and when their chances come.
England may have drawn against the Portuguese in their final pre-tournament prep, but they served notice of their ability to push the envelope when opposition are there for the taking as recently as February this year, when they battered Belgium 6-1 in the Arnold Clark Cup.
United attacking midfielder the standout odds-against scorer shout
England’s heavy match betting favouritism has the knock-on effect of making a decent swathe of their more likely goal scorers odds-on to net at any time during proceedings in Brisbane.
Russo, Daly and England are all odds-on even though it would be a surprise if all three started. The trio are joined among the odds-on anytime scorer bets by Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp and Chloe Kelly.
Manchester United attacking midfielder Ella Toone looks a far more appealing proposition at 21/20, given she’s a player that’s never more prolific than in an England shirt.
Toone has netted a deeply impressive 16 goals in 32 games for her country – a goal every other game. The only other player in Wiegman’s squad who can match that strike rate for the Lionesses is Russo.
Capable of playing in the midfield three or wide in the attacking trio of the 4-4-3, Toone’s chances of decent game time are high too.
England substitutes can boost their claims as Haitian resistance wanes
Haiti’s heavy recent defeats to Jamaica (4-0) and Portugal (5-0) were characterised by their opponents inflating the score as the second half progressed.
Three of Jamaica’s four strikes were netted from the 58th minute onwards, while Les Grenadieres held the Portuguese to 2-0 until the 67th minute of that encounter.
England also scored four of their six strikes in the aforementioned hammering of Belgium after the interval and the competition for starting berths in Wiegman’s attack should ensure that the Lionesses maintain a relentless hunt for goals for the full 90 minutes as substitutes keen to impress enter the fray.