2019 Women’s World Cup Group F
The final group at the 2019 Women’s World Cup brings together reigning champions United States, Thailand, Chile and former runners-up Sweden. Despite many regarding Jill Ellis’s US team as the firm favourites to lift the trophy once again in France this summer, their Group F rivals are likely to provide stiff competition over the coming weeks. For those looking for more information on Group F, let’s take a look at the schedule, along with team news and betting odds.
2019 Women’s World Cup: Group F Table & Schedule
- United States
2019 Women’s World Cup: Group F Schedule
- 11 June 2019 17:00 Chile vs Sweden Roazhon Park, Rennes
- 11 June 2019 20:00 United States vs Thailand Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
- 16 June 2019 14:00 Sweden vs Thailand Allianz Riviera, Nice
- 16 June 2019 17:00 United States vs Chile Parc des Princes, Paris
- 20 June 2019 20:00 Sweden vs United States Stade Océane, Le Havre
- 20 June 2019 20:00 Thailand vs Chile Roazhon Park, Rennes
Coming into the tournament as the No.1 nation in the world rankings and the World Cup champions, it comes as little surprise that the United States are the favourites with many for the 2019 Finals. Despite having lost out to England in the final of the 2019 SheBelieves Cup, Jill Ellis and her players know how to perform on the biggest stage, with the likes of Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux being enough to scare any opposition. The US are searching for a record fourth Women’s World Cup success, with eight of their playing squad having over 100 international caps.
Despite Sydney Leroux missing out due to her pregnancy, the United States undoubtedly have the most talented squad in the tournament this year, with the Stars and Stripes coming into the tournament off the back of five consecutive victories. This run includes a 5-3 win over Australia and a recent 5-0 success over New Zealand, with the likes of Morgan and Lloyd having been on the scoresheet. With an opening match against Thailand providing the perfect start for their title defence, the USWNT could well have already qualified by the time they meet Sweden in their final Group F match. The United States are also the reigning CONCACAF Women’s Championship winners.
Thailand will play in their second World Cup after failing to make it out of the group stage four years ago in Canada, with the relative minnows having qualified this time around after finishing fourth in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. Thailand come into the tournament off the back of a hugely disappointing Cyprus Cup campaign, where they suffered three defeats against Mexico, Italy and Nigeria. All but one of the Thailand playing squad are based in the countries domestic league, with young goalkeeper having signed for the Kennesaw State Owls in the United States.
While little is expected of Thailand over the coming years, Thailand’s mix of youth and experience could mean that they surprise some with their performances, with their form over recent years having seen them rise to 34th in the world rankings. Midfielder Silawan Intamee and forward Suchawadee Nildhamrong are among their standout players, with the latter having scored 12 goals in just 17 appearances for Thailand.
2018 Copa América Femenina runner’s up Chile will make their first ever appearance at the World Cup this summer, with Head Coach José Letelier having got his team firing after taking charge back in 2015. Many of the Chilean playing squad represent Spanish teams at club level, including Valencia striker Yanara Aedo, who has nine goals from her 19 appearances to date. There are also two potential debutants for Chile in France, including 17-year-old Elisa Durán, who has impressed for Colo-Colo of late.
However, Chile are now without a win in their last seven matches, having lost to the likes of the Netherlands and Jamaica so far in 2019. Their lack of defensive options means that Chile could well struggle against the attacking threat posed by the United States and Sweden especially in Group F.
2003 World Cup runners-up Sweden will be hoping to put up a better showing than they did in Canada four years ago, where they were knocked out by Germany in the Round of 16. Sweden also finished as runner’s up in the 2016 Olympics, losing to host nation Brazil in the Final. The fact that they dropped just three points during their Group 4 qualifying campaign demonstrates that Sweden could well be a threat this summer, with their 2-0 friendly win over Austria recently adding to their confidence levels.
Experienced Captain Caroline Seger is still the heartbeat of the Swedish side, with the midfielder set to earn her 200th international cap in France. Elsewhere, a potential attacking partnership between Sofia Jakobsson and Stina Blackstenius has the potential to cause any defence problems, with the duo both currently playing for French side Montpellier. Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl will play in her final World Cup and could well be busy, especially in their final Group F fixture against the US.
2019 Women’s World Cup: Group E Odds
To Win Group F:
- United States @2/9
- Sweden @7/2
- Chile @20/1
- Thailand @66/1
World Cup Winner:
- Unites States @7/2
- Sweden @25/1
- Chile @100/1
- Thailand @200/1
Player of the Tournament:
- Alex Morgan (United States) @5/1
- Carli Lloyd (United States) @6/1
- Megan Rapinoe (United States) @25/1
- Caroline Seger (Sweden) @70/1