Women’s World Cup – Matchday Two Picks


The first round of 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup fixtures is almost over, meaning it’s time to lay down your Matchday Two picks.

You will be pleased to learn that I landed all three of my Matchday One picks. The Netherlands defeated Portugal, Denmark dispatched China and Japan scored over 2.5 goals against Zambia. Hopefully, my Matchday Two picks will maintain my 100% record! Go check out my Women’s World Cup picks from this past weekend.

The second round of fixtures begins on Tuesday, July 25 and ends on Saturday, July 29. Before we dive into my Matchday Two picks, let’s look back at the Matchday 1 results and go over the standout betting trends from the opening matches. 

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Results (Matchday 1) 

New Zealand and Australia – the tournament’s co-hosts – kicked off proceedings on Thursday, July 20, defeating Norway and Ireland, respectively. Since then, we have been treated to lots of exciting matchups. 

Here are the Women’s World Cup results so far:

  • New Zealand 1-0 Norway 
  • Australia 1-0 Ireland 
  • Nigeria 0-0 Canada 
  • Philippines 0-2 Switzerland 
  • Spain 3-0 Costa Rica 
  • United States 3-0 Vietnam 
  • Zambia 0-5 Japan 
  • England 1-0 Haiti 
  • Denmark 1-0 China 
  • Sweden 2-1 South Africa 
  • Netherlands 1-0 Portugal 
  • France 0-0 Jamaica 
  • Italy 1-0 Argentina

According to the pre-tournament outright odds, the United States is favored to lift the trophy. Aiming for a third consecutive World Cup title, the Stars and Stripes kicked off their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Vietnam. 

There were also wins for high-profile European nations such as England, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands, while Japan thrashed Zambia 5-0.

Japan took care of business - see what our Matchday Three picks predict
Japan took care of business – see what our Matchday Three picks predict

On top of that, the tournament has already produced several upsets and shock results. Following New Zealand’s surprise win against Norway, Nigeria held Canada to a goalless draw, while Jamaica frustrated France.

Before you lock in your Matchday Two picks, be sure to check out the following section. Below, I study some useful offensive and defensive trends from the first round. Plus, I share some helpful betting advice that will aid your Matchday Two picks. 

Women’s World Cup Betting Trends to Aid Your Matchday Two Picks 

We can learn a lot from Matchday One, so let’s take a closer look at the best teams from both an offensive and defensive perspective. 

Top Scorers 

  • Japan (5) 
  • Spain (3) 
  • United States (3) 
  • Switzerland (2) 
  • Sweden (2) 

At the time of writing, Japan is the highest-scoring team so far. The Japanese put five goals past a hopeless Zambia outfit, with Hinata Miyazawa netting a double. If you check out past picks, we cashed on Japan Over 2.5 goals!

The United States and Spain also enjoyed high-scoring wins, bagging three goals each. Elsewhere, Switzerland and Sweden were the other teams to score more than once during Matchday One. 

Clean Sheets

  • New Zealand 
  • Australia 
  • Nigeria 
  • Canada 
  • Switzerland 
  • Spain 
  • United States 
  • Japan 
  • England 
  • Denmark 
  • Netherlands 
  • France 
  • Jamaica 
  • Italy 
Denmark helped me to 3-0 – how about Matchday Three picks

Remarkably, 14 of the first 26 teams to play in Australia and New Zealand kept a clean sheet. It’s safe to say that Matchday One served up more shutouts than expected, so be sure to keep that in mind when choosing your Matchday Two picks. 

Both Teams Scored 

  • Sweden 
  • South Africa 

Due to the high number of shutouts during Matchday One, only one of the first 13 games – Sweden vs. South Africa – saw both teams score. The South Africans took the lead early in the first half, but the Swedes equalized before scoring the winner in the 90th minute. 

Top Women’s World Cup Matchday Two Picks 

Without further ado, here are my recommended Women’s World Cup Matchday Two picks. It is worth noting that all kick-off times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). AEST is two hours behind local time in New Zealand and 14 ahead of Eastern Time (ET) in the US.

Please note, I will be offering 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup picks throughout the entire tournament. Stay tuned to SportsHub.com to see my analysis from Matchday Three, the Round of 16 through the Finals.

New Zealand vs. Philippines Prediction 

  • Date: Tuesday, July 25 
  • Kick-Off: 15:30 
  • Stadium: Sky Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand 
  • Odds: New Zealand (-300); Draw (+360); Philippines (+800) 

Fresh from securing a famous victory over Norway, New Zealand will be brimming with belief. Having defeated the former World Cup champion, the Football Ferns shouldn’t struggle to overcome the Philippines. 

The Philippines suffered a 2-0 defeat to Switzerland last time out, seeing just 26% possession while failing to register a single attempt on target. With that in mind, I’m confident that New Zealand will claim all three points.

Best Bet: New Zealand (-300) 

Japan vs. Costa Rica Prediction 

  • Date: Wednesday, July 26 
  • Kick-Off: 15:00 
  • Stadium: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand 
  • Odds: Japan (-2000); Draw (+900); Costa Rica (+2900) 

As I already mentioned, Japan crushed Zambia 5-0 last weekend. Not only did the Japanese rack up 25 shots – 11 of which were on target – but they also prevented the Zambians from recording an attempt on goal.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica endured a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Spain, facing a barrage of 46 (yes, 46!) shots in the process. As the moneyline odds suggest, the Costa Ricans look destined to lose on Wednesday, but I recommend exploring the goal markets to find the best value. 


Australia vs. Nigeria Prediction 

  • Date: Thursday, July 27 
  • Kick-Off: 20:00 
  • Stadium: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia 
  • Odds: Australia (-300); Draw (+330) Nigeria (+680) 

Even without star striker Sam Kerr, who is currently nursing a minor injury, Australia managed to get the better of Ireland on the opening day of the tournament. In fact, the Aussies enjoyed 63% possession while dominating the World Cup debutant. 

The Nigerians, on the other hand, can count themselves fortunate to have held Canada to a goalless draw, as they managed just one attempt on target while facing wave after wave of Canadian attacks. Accordingly, the African side will struggle to deal with the host nation in Brisbane. 


Come Back for More Women’s World Cup Picks 

Thanks for checking out my Matchday Two picks! After going three for three with my Matchday One picks, I’m confident that we can all make a tasty profit in the coming days.

If you like the look of my Matchday Two picks and predictions, be sure to return for more Women’s World Cup betting tips. Visit my handicapper profile over in our members area. There are still loads of exciting games to look forward to, with the final scheduled for August 20. 

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