Kick-off: 1000, 30/07/2021
Stadium: Kashima Stadium
TV: BBC One
Great Britain almost paid the price for resting players versus Canada but should be back at full focus for the women’s quarter-finals.
Australia represent spirited opponents but are rated just a level below, judged on what we have seen so far at the Tokyo Olympics.
We’re going with 7/5 for Team GB to prevail and under 3.5 goals in the game for our first Great Britain vs Australia prediction.
A Look At Great Britain’s Betting Odds
Great Britain booked their place in the last eight with a couple of early Group E wins, beating Chile 2-0 and Japan 1-0.
Hege Riise’s decision to give star striker Ellen White a break among five chances for Tuesday’s clash with Canada threatened to backfire.
Adriana Leon’s fine second-half strike put the Canucks on course to snatch top spot in the table.
However, Scotland’s Caroline Weir, who had already hit the bar and a post, helped to level things up when her long-range shot was deflected in off Nichelle Prince.
That allowed Team GB to remain in Kashima for the quarter-finals and potentially keep them away from the USA until the final.
“I believe strongly in this team,” said Riise. “A great team always finds a way to come back and we did.
“Closer to the finish, we started to get some momentum – luckily we were good enough to get the goal.
“It was an important goal, we top the group, we’re staying here and have a little bit more rest, so we are happy.
“There are always things you want to improve on but overall we have looked strong and confident and that will be important going forward.”
Team GB netted well into the second half in each of their group games while the Matildas have conceded in stoppage time and on 88 minutes in previous fixtures!
That makes 9/4 for the favourites to outscore their next opponents between 75:01 minutes and full-time appeal from the Great Britain vs Australia odds.
A Look At Australia’s Betting Odds
Australia qualified as one of the best third-placed teams and will take heart from surviving a very tough pool.
They began with a 2-1 victory over New Zealand, with West Ham midfielder Tameka Yallop and Chelsea’s Samantha Kerr on target.
Kerr then bagged a brace versus Sweden to help her side lead 2-1 soon after half-time but the Scandinavians rallied to prevail 4-2.
That left the Matildas needing to get something from a closing clash with USA and a gritty goalless draw proved enough to progress.
Head coach Tony Gustavsson said: “We had 600 passes to 320 passes, we won 70 per cent of one-on-one tackles – the individual defending was brilliant.”
Holding midfielder Julie Ertz stood out in that match and Australia should be competitive again.
However, 13/5 for Team GB to oblige by any one-goal margin completes our Great Britain vs Australia betting tips.
Canada 1-1 GREAT BRITAIN – Prince (og)
United States 0-0 AUSTRALIA
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