Olympics Betting: Clean sheet for New Zealand
It is no surprise then that New Zealand are (1.39) favourites to win.
In the next round of Women's Football, Michael Lintorn expects Great Britain's clash with Brazil to be low-scoring, and for New Zealand to finally be rewarded...
Canada v Sweden
Canada have performed admirably off the back of their worst ever World Cup showing last summer, in which they were the only team to lose all their games by losing 2-1 to world champions Japan and swatting aside South Africa. It leaves them needing only a point to progress but they will know not to expect any charity from Sweden, as even though they have qualified, they still need to fight for first place in Group F for the best possible quarter-final draw. They have a dominant historic record against Canada, winning 12 of their 16 prior meetings, the last a 3-1 triumph in Malmo in March.
Great Britain v Brazil
Neither side have conceded a goal yet at the Olympics and though the' goals scored' columns of both look healthy thanks to encounters with Cameroon, they found it far harder to make a breakthrough against the more resilient New Zealand, indicating that defence could outshine attack at Wembley. Both are guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals regardless of the result, with this fixture instead determining who tops Group E. As odds of (3.9) suggest, this is easily Team GB's toughest test yet but three straight clean sheets give them a decent chance of avoiding defeat to the (4.7) second favourites for the gold medals.
New Zealand v Cameroon
These nations remain in contention for a quarter-final spot as one of the best third-place finishers, however, despite both arriving in Coventry point-less, there is no disputing which of the pair have been more impressive. While Cameroon gave up eight goals in heavy losses to Brazil and Great Britain, New Zealand squandered several late chances for a point against Hope Powell's women and resisted a Brazil side crammed with attacking talent for 85 minutes. It is no surprise then that they are (1.39) favourites to win, and Cameroon's lack of threat to date hints that they can do so without conceding.