The UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 begins on Wednesday, with the first round of group matches continuing until Sunday.
Here we look at what to expect from the opening round of fixtures and pick out some Women’s Euro 2022 betting tips for every game.
England v Austria, Wednesday 8pm
Norway v Northern Ireland, Thursday 8pm
The group featuring the two qualifying home nations is first to get under way, with hosts England kicking off the campaign against Austria.
The Lionesses won 1-0 in the two sides’ first meeting in World Cup qualifying, Ellen White with the only goal, with the return fixture still to come in September.
Sarina Wiegman’s side will be looking for another win against opponents ranked 21st in the world by FIFA, ahead of only three teams in the tournament. Another England win to nil at 4/5 kicks off our Women’s Euro 2022 betting tips.
Northern Ireland, lowest-ranked in 47th, begin their campaign on Thursday and face an imposing task against a Norway side boasting former Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg, Barcelona star Caroline Graham Hansen and seven Women’s Super League players.
We fear the worst for them and Norway are tempting at 2/1 to be leading after 15 minutes.
Spain v Finland, Friday 5pm
Germany v Denmark, Friday 8pm
Spain and Germany are the teams fancied to advance and will look to impose their will on their respective Scandinavian opponents.
Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas leads a sizeable Barcelona contingent in the Spanish side and will look to pose problems for a Finnish defence marshalled by Brighton’s Emma Koivisto.
The two sides have not met since 2018, when Spain won World Cup qualifiers 2-0 and 5-1. Looking at the Women’s Euro 2022 odds, evens is available for Spain to win both halves, score at least three goals and keep a clean sheet.
Germany have an unrivalled tournament pedigree and will be heavily favoured against Denmark, but did lose their last meeting.
That was back in 2017 but Nadia Nadim, who scored Denmark’s first on that occasion, remains in their squad. Twins Sara and Karen Holmgaard play in Germany with Turbine Potsdam.
We’re keeping it simple for our Women’s Euro 2022 betting tips and backing Germany to win at 4/6.
Portugal v Switzerland, Saturday 5pm
Netherlands v Sweden, Saturday 8pm
Saturday brings the stand-out match of the first round of fixtures as defending champions the Netherlands take on much-fancied Sweden in Group C.
It is a repeat of the 2019 World Cup semi-final, won 1-0 by the Dutch thanks to Jackie Groenen’s long-range strike in extra time. They went on to lose the final to the United States while Sweden beat England to finish third.
Mark Parsons’ side have responded to their hammering against England by beating Belarus and Finland in the build-up to the tournament, while Sweden warmed up with an impressive 3-1 win over Brazil.
Arsenal attackers Vivianne Miedema and Stina Blackstenius go up against each other, while the Netherlands’ Lineth Beerensteyn will join Sweden’s Hanna Glas at Bayern Munich next season.
Both teams may settle for a draw in this one which is priced at 2/1, while the score draw could be worth the extra risk at 10/3.
Portugal and Switzerland are expected to play for the minor places but victory is surely imperative for either to have a chance of qualifying so both teams to score, over 2.5 goals and either team to win is added to our Women’s Euro 2022 betting tips at 11/8.
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Belgium v Iceland, Sunday 5pm
France v Italy, Sunday 8pm
Similarly in Group D, Italy should provide the biggest obstacle to France in the first stage – though France, at third in the FIFA rankings, are 11 places higher than their opponents.
Goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin will know all about Italy’s attacking threats, her Juventus club-mates Cristiana Girelli – who scored in the last meeting between the nations in 2018 – and Barbara Bonansea, while Everton colleagues Kenza Dali and Aurora Galli could face off in midfield.
France should come out in top but Italy are reasonably solid at the back so a France win and under 3.5 goals gets the nod at 13/10.
Iceland are higher ranked than Belgium but the latter have scored at least four goals in four of their last six matches and are fancied for the win at 11/8.
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