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2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Best Bets for Round of 16 Games Today

The women's World Cup has reached the knockout round, and now only 16 teams remain in the competition. As the first knockout stage commences, the stakes are significantly raised as the teams face a win or go home scenario.

The Group Stage threw up several shocking outcomes, including the USWNT stumbling through in second place. However, it was more the departure of one of the tournament's favorites, Germany, along with Brazil exiting the competition after Jamaica claimed their spot in the knockouts that sent shock waves to soccer fans around the world. Prior to the tournament, Germany in particular were one of the hottest teams in women’s World Cup betting. 

Both teams were expected to at least make a run in the knockout stages, but poor performances proved costly, and both are now on the plane back home.

With two of the bigger sides out and other favorites in the USWNT and Spain both having at least one underwhelming performance, this tournament is wide open, and should make for a sensational women’s World Cup bracket in 2023.

Today we’ll break down some free soccer picks and break down a few of the most enticing games in the first round of the knockouts.

Japan (W) vs Norway (W) Odds

Moneyline: Japan -120 | Draw +240 | Norway +333
To Qualify: Japan -275, Norway +187
1st Goal: Japan -163, Norway +187
Total Goals: Over 2.5 +110, Under -154
Double Chance: Japan or Draw -450, Japan or Norway -334, Draw or Norway -106

Japan vs Norway Predictions and Picks

We start our women’s World Cup picks with one of the most exciting games of the round. Japan have been one of the standout teams of the group stage, and their performance against Spain confirmed that after making light work of both Zambia and Costa Rica in the first two games.

With everything to play for in the third and final Group Stage game in Group C, Japan went out and picked Spain apart with clinical finishing and a dangerous counter attack to come away 4-0 winners in what was a stunning result.

That performance brought them firmly into the conversation as one of the best teams at the tournament, and they will now have the chance to break down a European team once again with Norway on the schedule in the Round of 16. 

Norway on the other hand struggled in the first two games, failing to score and managing just one point out of their games against hosts New Zealand and Switzerland.

In the final game of the group they finally found the back of the net, and thumped six past the Philippines on the night.

Sophie Roman Haug found her finish in the box in that game, netting a hattrick with a couple of clean looking headers and a volleyed finish from a tight angle that opened the scoring. The Phillipines defenders had no answer for her, and she could be a pivotal threat against this Japanese defense too.

Japan were clinical going forward against Spain, and they’re more than happy to play on the backfoot until a chance to counter presents itself. They’re well coached and disciplined, and if they finish like they did against the Spanish they should grab a goal or two. Norway found their scoring rhythm too, so the first of my women’s World Cup predictions is goals for both sides in this one.

The Pick: Both Teams to Score - Yes (-105)

This is one of my favorite 2023 women’s World Cup predictions to date, with sensational odds for the opportunity she should have.

Considering the performance of Sophie Roman Haug in the Philippines game, I’m going to pick her to find the net against Japan too. Unlike Spain, Norway have a threat who can overpower the center backs in the air, and they used that to their advantage to build some much needed confidence before the knockouts.

The Roma forward has only played two games, but had 12 shots for her country and six of those have been on target. She’s the danger woman, and Japan will need to be extremely cautious on corners and crosses coming her way.

The Pick: Sophie Roman Haug to score anytime (+350)

Sweden vs USWNT Odds

Moneyline: Sweden +265 | Draw +225 | USA +110
To Qualify: Sweden +135, USA -190
1st Goal: Sweden +140, USA -145
Total Goals: Over 2.5 +125, Under -170
Double Chance: Sweden or Draw -135, Sweden or USA -305, Draw or USA -385

Sweden vs USA Predictions and Picks

Before the tournament started the USWNT were the favorites. They were defending champions, back to back winners and the most successful team in the history of women’s soccer. Their women’s World Cup odds reflected that too, poised as the most likely winners ahead of some of the greatest teams in Europe.

Fast forward to the current day and they’re lucky to even be alive at the tournament. Those conversations of three-peats and world domination have turned to mere survival, and as the competition intensifies we might find out that they’re in over their heads this time around.

Early in the women’s game the US controlled it all. They were far and away the strongest, biggest and most athletically talented team in women’s soccer, and they enjoyed a lot of success because of it. Now in 2023, it's never been more clear that the playing field is leveling out, and teams from both Europe and Asia have looked a lot better than the USWNT.

If you need any further info on the <USA vs Sweden lineups and injuries>, we have a whole post dedicated to that game alone.

The lack of cohesion and chemistry in the squad has been apparent in every game so far. Both the Netherlands and Portugal controlled the pace and possession and the US had to rely on a goal from a set piece to even get on the scoresheet against those teams while beating neither.

If something drastic doesn’t happen, this could be their earliest World Cup exit in history, and I hate to do it, but that’s my prediction. I’d imagine there’s plenty of bettors looking at the value in Sweden to advance her too and adding them to their soccer parlays as a result.

Sweden have their faults too, but their game from set pieces has proven to be extremely important, scoring three of their five goals against Italy from dead balls into the box.

The USWNT will need to be organized and disciplined and find a way of creating chances in open play, a task made even more difficult with the suspension of Rose Lavelle.

In my women’s World Cup betting picks, I have the US going home. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong, but from what we’ve seen so far, this year is going to be a very drastic wake up call for U.S. women’s soccer.

The Pick: Sweden to win (+265)

England vs Nigeria Odds

Moneyline: England -400 | Draw +475 | Nigeria +975
To Qualify: England -825, Nigeria +385
1st Goal: England -425, Nigeria +320
Total Goals: Over 2.5 -110, Under -120
Double Chance: England or Draw -3600, England or Nigeria -800, Draw or Nigeria +275

England vs Nigeria Predictions and Picks

After the Group Stages it's now England who top the expert picks for the Women’s World Cup. They now have the best odds to win the competition, and the European champions are one of the teams getting better and better as the tournament develops.

England thrashed China 6-1 in the final game of their group, with the lone China goal coming from an unfortunate handball in the box that led to a penalty. Outside of that one moment, it was near enough 90 minutes of greatness from the Lionesses.

Five different goalscorers found the back of the net, with Lauren James proving just how good she is with two of her own and a third being disallowed for offside. The one that didn’t count was the best of the three, but each was a superb finish that gave the goalkeeper no chance.

England has weapons everywhere, and they’re playing extremely well as a team. Their build up play and involvement of the forward players is second to none right now, and they’re proving their worth as one of the most experienced and accomplished teams at the competition.

While they’re looking really good, Nigeria are no walkovers. They haven’t lost in the competition thus far, tying with Canada and the Republic of Ireland and beating host nation Australia in a 3-2 thriller.

England might have to work hard to break the deadlock, but I have a feeling things may start to unravel for Nigeria if they go a couple of goals behind.

We’ll round out the women’s World Cup picks and parlays with a comfortable win for the side that won the European title last year, advancing as one of the favorites to win again, only this time on the world stage.

The Pick: England -1.5 Handicap (-115)

Best Women’s World Cup Round of 16 Parlay Picks (+2899)

Now, if we combine three of our soccer picks and parlays into one we get some tidy odds. With Sweden being the underdog with the oddsmakers and Sophie Roman Haug’s odds to score at a stunning +350, this is shaping up as a fun parlay.

Trying to find value in soccer betting is always the play, and when you’ve found it and can combine it into a parlay with some women’s World Cup bracket predictions for the knockouts, it should make for a fun few days!

Leg 1 Picks: Sophie Roman Haug to score anytime (+350)

Leg 2 Picks: Sweden to Win (+265)

Leg 3 Picks: England -1.5 Handicap (-115)

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