2023 Women’s World Cup winner odds: England slight favourites
England are 4/5 in the 2023 Women’s World Cup winner odds after booking a showdown with Spain in Sunday’s final.
The Lionesses beat co-hosts Australia 3-1 in the second semi-final in front of a sold-out crowd in Sydney, the day after Spain beat Sweden 2-1.
England are now one win away from lifting two major trophies in just under 13 months after their triumph at last summer’s European Championship, while Australia will play Sweden for third place in Brisbane on Saturday.
Coral’s Lewis Knowles said: ‘’The Lionesses have done the entire country proud so far during this World Cup, and it would be great if they could finally get their hands on that trophy.
“Spain have been very impressive throughout the tournament, but we are struggling to separate the two sides, and no doubt we’ll see plenty of patriotic support for England between now and Sunday.”
Ella Toone, who replaced the suspended Lauren James for England’s quarter-final win over Colombia, gave the Lionesses the lead 36 minutes into her second start of the tournament.
Australia captain Sam Kerr, making her first start of competition, equalised for the first-time semi-finalists with a stunning individual goal after the break before Lauren Hemp put England back out in front.
Alessia Russo added another late in the second half to cap off the historic encounter and set up an all-European final showdown in Sydney, where James will be available to return.
Spain were 2-1 winners against Sweden in a semi-final which suddenly sprung into life in the final stages with three goals in the final 10 minutes of normal time.
Barcelona winger Salma Paralluelo, 19, gave Spain the lead in the 81st minute, but her goal was soon cancelled out by Rebecka Blomqvist only for Olga Carmona to respond in emphatic fashion just one minute later.
Spain are playing at their third World Cup finals but had never before progressed beyond the last 16. They reached the quarter-finals at Euro 2022, where they led eventual winners England with six minutes of normal time remaining before going down 2-1 in extra-time.
Ranked sixth in the world by FIFA, they are an emerging force in the international game and are bidding to add the senior World Cup to those they currently hold at under-17s and under-20s levels.
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