The Olympic women’s football tournament kicks off on Wednesday for Group G as Australia and New Zealand meet in Tokyo. The two women’s footballing nations will be joined by Sweden and the United States in Group G of the women’s Olympic tournament. Both Australia and the New Zealand will fancy their chances of reaching the knockout stages. However, on paper, Sweden and the United States will be expected to battle for the top two spots in Group G. Australia and New Zealand couldn’t have been put in a more difficult group.

Australia Women vs New Zealand Women Match Preview

The women’s side of the bracket features 12 teams divided into three groups of four teams. The top two teams in each group advance to the knockout stage of the Olympic football tournament along with the two best third-place teams. Unlike the men’s tournament at the Olympics, there is no age restriction on the female players, allowing for the best women’s players in the world to compete at the Summer Games.

Tony Gustavsson’s Matildas are the world’s No. 9 ranked team according to FIFA. Despite the team’s high ranking, Australia have had an awful 2021. The Matildas have lost four of five matches and were outscored 14-4 over the course of those fixtures. Their only positive result in 2021 came against Sweden in a nil-nil draw.

New Zealand are ranked No. 22 in the world and are the lowest ranked team in Group G – with the United States being the highest at No. 1. New Zealand have played just once in 2021 with that game being played on July 14. It was a 3-0 loss to Olympic gold medal hopefuls Great Britain.

Australia Women vs New Zealand Women Betting Odds

 

 

Australia have the best betting odds for the game on Wednesday. The Matildas are at odds of 9/25 to win the match versus New Zealand. Despite the last five matches for Australia all ending without a win, Gustavsson’s team could get off to a good start versus the Football Ferns. Australia are playing in their fourth Olympic football tournament this summer. They have never progressed past the quarterfinal stage at the Olympic tournament.

 

New Zealand’s best betting odds for Wednesday’s match versus Australia are 9/1. The Football Ferns have played a mere one game in 2021, which means they are lacking match time and fitness. The likes of the United States and Sweden have played more than 10 games this year. Along with a lack of gametime, New Zealand’s squad is not made up of the highest quality set of players in Group G.

Australia Women vs New Zealand Women Team News

Samantha Kerr is Australia’s top player. The Chelsea striker has scored 42 goals in 93 matches. Caitlin Foord is also a top player for the Matildas. Foord has scored 20 goals in 87 fixtures for the team. PSV Eindhoven striker Kyah Simon has tallied 26 goals in 95 appearances. If there is something Gustavsson has at his disposal, it is a solid set of attacking players.

Compared to New Zealand’s squad, Gustavsson’s team comes from clubs from all over the world. Eight members of the squad compete in England’s FA WSL.

New Zealand’s squad lacks talent. Three members of the team play at the American collegiate level. While a decent level, the players are not professionals. Three of the ladies on the Football Ferns play domestically.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Ria Percival is New Zealand’s most capped player with 148. Striker Hannah Wilkinson has tallied 26 goals in 95 matches. She will be tasked with being the team’s chief goalscorer at the Olympics.

Australia Women vs New Zealand Women H2H

Australia will battle for second place in Group G alongside Sweden. The United States are likely to win Group G and qualify for the knockout stage. New Zealand are fighting just to be relevant in the group. They will aim to achieve third and be one of the two best third-place team.

Dating back to 2010, Australia and New Zealand have played 12 times. Australia are unbeaten in those 12 matches against New Zealand posting a record of 9W-3D-0L in the teams’ last 12 meetings dating back to 2010. Our prediction is that Australia will continue their unbeaten run versus the Football Ferns on matchday 1 of Group G.

Australia Women vs New Zealand Women Prediction

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Our betting tips for the Australia versus New Zealand game to kick off Group G takes into account the teams’ form, head-to-head record, and play in 2021. New Zealand have played just once this year and they lost 3-0 to Great Britain. Australia have struggled this year, but should get the goals needed to claim a Group G matchday 1 victory.

 

Samantha Kerr to score anytime

Samantha Kerr has scored 42 goals for Australia. She is a brilliant forward and has found the back of the net regularly wherever she has been. In 2020-21, Kerr bagged 28 goals in 34 matches for Chelsea in all competitions. Our prediction is that Kerr could get on the scoresheet. She is key to Australia’s success at the Olympics.

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Based on the form of both teams, our betting tips for Australia versus New Zealand are that the Matildas will claim a win on matchday 1 of Group G. Yes, Australia have not won in 2021. The pandemic has had a lot to do with their form.

 

New Zealand have played just once this year and a lack of form is likely to see them lose. Our prediction for the game is a low-scoring fixture between Australia and New Zealand. Australia’s last two games finished with under 2.5 goals scored. They should pick up a low-scoring win versus the Football Ferns.

Australia will battle Sweden for second place in Group G. The United States are favourites to win the Olympic gold medal. They should win Group G with everyone else fighting for the second automatic qualification spot.