Women’s World Cup Germany vs England Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Germany vs England | Sunday 4 July, 2015 | Commonwealth Stadium | 00.00
England face Germany in a play-off for third place after they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Japan due to an own goal from defender Laura Bassett in injury time.
Things were looking good for the Lionesses but their fate changed when Bassett sliced an intended clearance into her own net in the 92nd minute. It was an unfortunate end to an evening on which England had held their own against a slick passing, technically accomplished, but largely non-penetrative, Japan side.
It was the first time England had reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and their performance has been hailed as a huge success overall, credited with raising the profile of women’s football.
“I think we can hold our heads high and we have to pick ourselves up to go and play against Germany,” England captain Steph Houghton said.
“There’s a group of girls that give everything for the jersey and we have to take that into the game on Saturday. We want to finish third if we can.”
Bassett was not alone in her tears.
It had been a dream tournament for Germany’s Celia Sasic until the hour mark into the semi-final against the United States in Montreal on Tuesday.
The tournament’s top scorer was riding high with six goals so far in the tournament, including two penalties against France in the quarter-finals.
But Sasic missed from the spot minutes before the United States opened with a penalty in a 2-0 win which ended Germany’s bid for a record third title after 2003 and 2007.
“We have to get over it fast. We want to have a nice conclusion to this tournament, take the third place and return home with our heads held high,” coach Silvia Neid said, who is stepping down after the Olympics next year for which Germany have qualified.
“Celia will have gotten over it by Saturday, there are always ups and downs in sport,” she added.
World No. 1 Germany are unbeaten in seven games played against England, most recently a 3-0 win in front of a record 45,619 crowd at Wembley last November. However, they know the threat that England pose on their quest to snatch the third place.
“The English girls have shown during the tournament that they are a good team,” said centre back Annike Krahn.
“They were unlucky to lose in injury time to the defending champions, but despite the defeat they’ll be confident,” added midfielder Melanie Leupolz.
Women’s World Cup Germany vs England Betting Tips
This will be an intriguing game with both teams desperate to end the tournament on a high.
Germany have been one of the more aggressive offensive teams in the tournament, scoring 20 goals overall and producing 19 shots on target in their last three matches.
England may have more to play for than a team that have won the World Cup twice already. However, we think that Germany are the better team and should secure the third place on Saturday.
We are backing a Germany victory with Celia Sasic to score first priced at 11/2 with Betway.