Women's World Cup: Australia vs. Norway preview

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June 21st, 2019

The knockout stage of the 2019 Women's World Cup begins Saturday, and the headliner of two contests is a matchup between Norway and Australia.

(Norway +200, Australia -105, Draw +225)

Best play: Draw +225

Norway got through from second place in Group A, while Australia needed a four-goal effort from Sam Kerr to capture second place in a difficult Group C. It should be an incredible match with both teams even in a lot of areas.

Kerr is one of the best players in the world, and she has been showing it. She scored five goals in the group stage to will the Matildas into the knockout stage. To beat a tough Norway team, she'll need help from the rest of the team to get goals and hold the Norwegians out of the net. Norway will need its defense group to play the game of their lives to keep Kerr at bay, but the Norwegians are tough and have the ability to advance to the next round.

This match should be a victory for Australia, but look for them to need extra time to do it. The best bet is for a 90-minute draw (+225), with Sam Kerr scoring first (+340) and  Norway scoring between the 61st and 75th minute (+110) to equalize and send it to extra time.