Italy Women vs China Women Match Info
Date: June 24th 2019
Kick-off time: 5.00pm BST
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Italy Women vs China Women Stats
- Italy won two and lost one of their three games in the group stages
- China on the other hand picked up four points with one win, one loss and one draw
- These two nations have never met at the Women’s World Cup before
Italy Women vs China Women Predictions
Italy have never been as strong in the women’s game as their male counterparts have over the years. Known as one of the most football-obsessed countries in the world, it’s peculiar that the women’s game has only really started to gain any traction in the country in recent years but they now have some real momentum having qualified for the tournament for the first time in 20 years to head to France this summer.
And Azzurre made the wait worth it for their fans so far, heading through to the knock-out stages after a couple of great performances against Australia and Jamaica saw them pick up six points in their first two games. A defeat to Brazil wasn’t enough to dampen the mood of Milena Bertolini’s camp and now they head into this Round of 16 clash as favourites to progress at odds of 59/50 with 888sport.
China were one of the best teams in the world for a spell at the end of the 1990s when they reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1995 and indeed the final in 1999. They were dominant in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup during that period too but in recent years they’ve struggled to reach those same heights, winning only one of the last seven editions of that tournament and not making it past the Quarter Finals in the World Cup since that final in 1999.
It wasn’t exactly plain sailing for the Steel Roses in the group stages of this year’s edition of the tournament either and they won only one of their three fixtures, drawing one and losing the other to pick up four points. A narrow defeat to Germany is nothing to be ashamed about though, and the four points picked up from the win over South Africa and draw with Spain were enough to get them through. Can they upset the apple cart with a win here at 14/5 with Unibet?
We’re backing a low-scoring game here particularly given the nature of China’s group stage matches. Across the three games, the Steel Roses managed only one goal but did keep two clean sheets to concede only once too, with all three games seeing a total of less than two goals scored. Italy’s last group game against the Selecao ended with only one goal too so under 1.5 at odds of 5/1 with Unibet look good here.
The Azzurre should have just enough to get through this tie. This China outfit does not seem to have enough quality going forward to hurt the better teams in the tournament and as such, we expect the Italian defence to be too strong over the course of the 90 minutes. It won’t be a classic this and one goal is likely to be enough to see Bertolini’s side pick up the win, so we’re backing 1-0 at odds of 5/1 with Unibet.
Italy Women vs China Women Betting Tips
Under 1.5 goals @ 11/8 William Hill
Italy to win 1-0 @ 5/1 with Unibet
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