2019 Women’s World Cup Group E
2015 hosts Canada are the standout team in Group E in France this summer, however Kenneth Heiner-Møller’s side will certainly not have things all their own way having been drawn alongside Cameroon, New Zealand and the Netherlands. With the countdown to the 2019 Women’s World Cup having well and truly begun, let’s take a closer look at those involved in Group E, including the match schedule, player news and betting odds.
2019 Women’s World Cup: Group E Table & Schedule
- New Zealand
2019 Women’s World Cup Group E Schedule
- 10 June 2019 20:00 Canada vs Cameroon Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
- 11 June 2019 14:00 New Zealand vs Netherlands Stade Océane, Le Havre
- 15 June 2019 14:00 Netherlands vs Cameroon Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
- 15 June 2019 20:00 Canada vs New Zealand Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
- 20 June 2019 17:00 Netherlands vs Canada Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
- 20 June 2019 17:00 Cameroon vs New Zealand Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Despite having never made it past the quarter finals of a World Cup, Canada are certainly one of the outsiders in France this summer, Kenneth Heiner-Møller’s side having qualified for the Finals after their second place finish in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The fifth placed team in the world rankings come into the tournament having won their last five matches, which includes successes against Scotland, England and Nigeria, meaning that they should be full of confidence ahead of their opening match against Cameroon.
Canada certainly have one of the most experienced playing squads in the tournament also, with the likes of Christine Sinclair, Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence being among the best players in the world. Captain Sinclair has over 200 international caps to her name, having scored 181 goals from such matches. Canada have a good chance of topping Group E if they can overcome Cameroon and New Zealand in their opening encounters in France.
Cameroon may be ranked a lowly 46th in the world, however Alain Djeumfa and his players will head to France quietly confident of causing an upset. Having made it through to the Round of 16 in Canada four years ago, before they were narrowly beaten by China, their Group E rivals will certainly not be looking forward to taking on the nation who qualified for the Finals after finishing third in the African Cup of Nations. Cameroon come into the tournament of the back of a 4-0 friendly defeat against Spain, which could well have damaged their confidence.
However, Cameroon certainly have players who will cause problems in the upcoming World Cup, including 26-year-old forward Ajara Nchout, who has impressed for Norwegian giants Valerenga since her move a matter of months ago. Nchout could well form an attacking partnership with veteran striker Madeleine Ngono Mani, who has 35 goals from 76 caps to date.
New Zealand will play in their fourth consecutive Finals in France this summer, having never made it out of the World Cup group stage. The Football Ferns qualified for the Finals after winning the 2018 OFC Women’s Nations Cup, with Head Coach Tom Sermanni having a hugely experienced playing squad to select from over the coming weeks. The likes of Katie Duncan, Abby Erceg and Captain Ali Riley all have over 100 international caps to their name, with the latter having impressed for WSL club Chelsea since her arrival in London back in 2018.
The Ferns come into the tournament off the back of a 2-1 friendly victory over Mexico, however their 5-0 defeat to the United States in May demonstrates their vulnerability against teams with attacking prowess. Their opening tie with the Netherlands will give a better indication as to their chances of potentially making it out of Group E and making a first appearance in the World Cup knockout stage.
Having qualified for the Finals for the first time four years ago in Canada, the Netherlands are certainly an emerging force at international level, with Sarina Wiegman’s side having won the European Championships in 2017. Holland also come into the tournament in decent form, having beaten both Mexico and Chile in warm-up matches, while they take on Australia in their final tie before heading to France. The Netherlands qualified for the Finals after a two-legged playoff victory over Switzerland, having finished two points behind Norway in Group 3.
The likes of Sherida Spitse, Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema are among the most talented players for the Netherlands, while midfielder Jackie Groenen will play for Manchester United next season after agreeing a pre-contract deal with the new WSL side. Holland also have one of the youngest playing squads in the tournament, with reserve goalkeeper Loes Geurts being the only one aged over 30.
2019 Women’s World Cup: Group E Odds
To Win Group E:
- Netherlands @5/6
- Canada @6/5
- New Zealand @10/1
- Cameroon @33/1
World Cup Winner:
- Netherlands @16/1
- Canada @20/1
- New Zealand @66/1
- Cameroon @15/1
Player of the Tournament:
- Christine Sinclair (Canada) @14/1
- Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada) @80/1
- Ashley Lawrence (Canada) @100/1