2019 Women’s World Cup Group C

Group C at this summer’s Women’s World Cup is perhaps one of the most open in the entire competition, with Australia, Italy, Brazil and Jamaica having been drawn alongside each other. Ahead of the tournament, all four sides are in with a chance of reaching the knockout stages in France, with this guide telling your everything that there is to know about Group C, including the schedule, team news and betting odds.

2019 Women’s World Cup: Group C Table & Schedule

  1. Australia
  2. Italy
  3. Brazil
  4. Jamaica

2019 Women’s World Cup: Group C Schedule

  • 9 June 2019 12:00 Australia vs Italy Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
  • 9 June 2019 14:30 Brazil vs Jamaica Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
  • 13 June 2019 17:00 Australia vs Brazil Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
  • 14 June 2019 17:00 Jamaica vs Italy Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
  • 18 June 2019 20:00 Jamaica vs Australia Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
  • 18 June 2019 20:00 Italy vs Brazil Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes

Australia

The Matlidas come into the 2019 World Cup having reached the quarter final stage at the last three tournaments, having been knocked out by Japan in Canada four years ago. Head Coach Ante Milicic will be looking for his side to keep up the form which saw them reach the AFF Women’s Championship Final, where they eventually lost to Thailand. Australia also demonstrated their talent in a recent 5-3 defeat to World Cup favourites the United States, where both Caitlin Foord and Samantha Kerr were on the scoresheet. The duo are likely to form one of the best attacking partnerships at the tournament, having scored over 50 international goals between them for the Matildas.

Australia qualified for the Finals after finishing as runner-up in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, with many backing them as a potential dark horse in France this summer. Elsewhere, midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight will add to her 106 international caps in France, with coach Milicic having a hugely experienced playing squad to select from.

Italy

Italy won seven of their eight qualifying matches in order to qualify for the 2019 World Cup with relative ease, with Head Coach Milena Bertolini looking for his side to make an impression in France. The Azzurre will play in the Finals for the first time since 1999, having missed out on the last four tournaments. Italy reached the final of the Cyprus Cup at the start of the year, eventually losing out to North Korea on penalties. The Azzurre are now unbeaten in their last eight matches as a result, having beaten the Republic of Ireland in their last encounter.

Juventus striker Cristiana Girelli is the leading scorer for Italy, having scored 27 goals in her 51 appearances to date. Elsewhere, club teammate Barbara Bonansea is one of the most complete midfielders in the game, with coach Bertlonini having an excellent core in her team. Four players will potentially make their international debuts in France this summer, with Italy having a good mixture of youth and experience.

Brazil

2007 World Cup runners-up Brazil may not be the force that they once were, however they will travel to Europe this summer quietly confident of at least making it to the knockout phase of the competition. Qualifying for the tournament after winning the 2018 Copa América Femenina, Brazil have competed in every Women’s World Cup to date, with Head Coach Vadão having taken over back in 2017. Brazil reached the Round of 16 in Canada four years ago, eventually narrowly losing out to Group C rivals Australia.

Marta, one of the most legendary figures in the women’s game, will likely compete in her fifth and final World Cup, having scored 15 goals in the events history. Elsewhere, Barcelona attacker Andressa Alves is likely to partner Marta in attack, a strike force that will cause any defence problems. With a squad packed full of both talent and experience, it would take a brave person to right off Brazil this summer.

Jamaica

Jamaica will make their first ever appearance at the World Cup Finals after they finished third in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, with striker Khadija Shaw having scored a massive 15 goals during their campaign. Head Coach Hue Menzies will be looking for his side to cause an upset in Group C, with an opening encounter against Brazil potentially being the perfect time to fully showcase their skills. Jamaica has one of the youngest playing squads in the entire tournament this year, with Shaw also being their most capped player, with just 21 appearances to her name.

Jamaica are now ranked 53rd in the world, coming into the tournament off the back of friendly victories against Chile and Panama, along with a 1-1 draw against fellow finalists South Africa.

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To Win Group C:

  • Australia @5/6
  • Brazil @5/4
  • Italy @10/1
  • Jamaica @33/1

World Cup Winner:

  • Australia @14/1
  • Brazil @22/1
  • Italy @80/1
  • Jamaica @500/1

Player of the Tournament:

  • Samantha Kerr @10/1
  • Marta @25/1
  • Cristiana Girelli @100/1

 


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