Women's World Cup 2019: Latest Odds, Expert Predictions, Schedule Heading Into Second Week

The Women's World Cup heads into the second week with the pre-tournament favorites living up their billings so far.

The United States women's national team (USNWT) thrashed Thailand 13-0 in their opening game of the campaign, the largest margin of victory in the history of either the men's or women's World Cup.

Historic as the performance was, the players were criticized in some quarters for what some perceived to be unnecessarily gleeful celebrations.

Alex Morgan, who scored four goals in the game, insisted the team was simply try to remain as professional as possible.

"When you're playing in a World Cup, every single goal may count at the end of the day," she told Sports Illustrated.

"That's what we were told before the game, and that's why we had to keep going."

Controversy over the celebrations aside, the resounding win over Thailand illustrated the firepower at coach Jill Ellis's disposal. At the same time, Team USA's defense wasn't tested in the opening fixture and is unlikely to come under pressure against Chile on Sunday, when a win would guarantee the defending champions a place in the quarter-finals.

A 3/1 favorite before the tournament, USWNT remains the bookmakers' choice to lift the World Cup at 5/2, followed by France at 11/4.

The hosts were 7/2 at the beginning of the competition and did their chances no harm whatsoever by winning their first two games, thrashing South Korea 4-0 and then narrowly beating Norway 2-1.

France has already secured a spot in the quarter-finals as has Germany, courtesy of two 1-0 wins over China and Spain.

At 6/1, the two-time World Cup winners are third-favorite to win a first title since 2007 but their lack of goals could be a cause for concern further down the track.

Elsewhere, England got its campaign off on a positive start after beating Scotland and will be looking to qualify for the knockout stage when it faces Argentina on Friday.

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The American Squad celebrates their victory during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11 in Reims, France. Getty/Marcio Machado

Meanwhile, Australia kept its World Cup alive with a spirited comeback against Brazil on Thursday.

Trailing 2-0, the Matildas secured a 3-2 win and must now beat Jamaica to have any hopes of topping the group.

The latter lost 3-0 against Brazil but other debutants fared better. Only two late goals condemned Chile to defeat against Sweden, while South Africa gave Spain and China an almighty scare and Scotland lost by a solitary goal to England.

What the experts say

Roger Gonzalez—CBS Sports

"This team [USWNT] is on a mission and is showing no mercy. They've got just one goal overall, and that's to win it all again after conquering the world in 2015."

Graham Hays—ESPN

"No one played football any better in the opening round of group games than [USWNT's Alex] Morgan. [...] Beyond the sheer statistical gaudiness of goals against an admittedly overmatched opponent, Morgan's night marked a climb back from injury and disappointment. Her third World Cup is to be the climax of her international career."

Caitlin Murray—The Guardian

"The Americans have still put the field on notice. France were initially the team to beat, but now it looks as if the USA have assumed that role."

Women's World Cup latest odds

According to VegasInsider, USWNT is the bookmakers' favorite at 5/2, followed by France at 11/4 and Germany at 6/1. England and the Netherlands are 13/2 and 12/2, respectively, while Australia is 18/1. Brazil, Canada and Japan are all 22/1.

Upcoming schedule (All times ET)

Saturday, June 15

  • Netherlands vs Cameroon—9 a.m., FS1
  • Canada vs New Zealand—3 p.m. FS2

Sunday, June 16

  • Sweden vs Thailand—9 a.m. FS1
  • USWNT vs Chile—12 p.m. Fox

Monday, June 17

  • South Africa Germany—12 p.m. Fox
  • China vs Spain—12 p.m. FS1
  • Nigeria vs France—3 p.m. Fox
  • South Korea vs Norway—3 p.m. FS1

Tuesday, June 18

  • Jamaica vs Australia—3 p.m. FS2
  • Italy vs Brazil—3 p.m. FS1

Wednesday, June 19

  • Japan vs England—3 p.m. FS1
  • Scotland vs Argentina—3 p.m. FS2

Thursday, June 20

  • Netherlands vs Canada—12 p.m. Fox
  • Cameroon vs New Zealand—12 p.m. FS1
  • USWNT vs Sweden—3 p.m. Fox
  • Thailand vs Chile—3 p.m. FS1
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