At the start of the World Cup, many thought that this game would decide the winner of Group C. Australia and Brazil were the two favorites to top the group when the field was announced, but the Aussies were stunned by Italy in their first match. Their last-second defeat has opened the group up and placed the Matildas in a precarious position. Brazil have a chance to establish themselves as the top team in the group with a victory here.
Australia vs. Brazil
- Date and Time: June 13, 2019, 12 p.m. ET
- Location: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France
- US Television Coverage: FOX
- Betting Line: Australia PK and -0.5, O/U 2.5 and 3
Coming into the Women’s World Cup, there was growing concern about the state of the Selecao. Brazil had lost nine straight matches ahead of this competition, failing to beat any of the other teams considered contenders in France. They put those worries to bed for one match at least with a dominant 3-0 win over Jamaica in their first match.
Even though the Selecao were without Marta, they had little trouble imposing their will against Jamaica. Cristiane filled in admirably, and she netted all three of Brazil’s goals against Jamaica. There has yet to be word on whether or not Marta will have recovered enough to play in this match, so Cristiane may be relied upon once more. The Matildas looked to be off to a great start in their opener against Italy. After a goal for the Italians was overturned thanks to VAR, Samantha Kerr opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and it appeared as if the Aussies would be off to the races.
However, Australia were unable to score again and fell off the pace after a tactical adjustment from the Italians at halftime. Italy began to control the match after switching to a 4-4-2 and Barbara Bonansea leveled the score shortly after the break. At that point the Aussies were holding for a draw, but those efforts were eventually quashed as well after Bonansea scored in the fifth minute of extra time.
Australia Player to Watch
Samantha Kerr is the best goal scorer on this team. She is one of the main reasons the Australians are thought to have such a great attack, and she will look to spark more of an output against Brazil. Kerr didn’t have her best performance on Sunday, but the youngster needs to be able to shake it off if the Aussies are to get the win they need.
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Brazil Player to Watch
Cristiane may have notched a hat trick in Marta’s absence on Sunday, but the real key for the Selecao was Andressa. She has played forward for much of her club career, but Brazil employs her in the midfield and she made a huge impact against Jamaica. Andressa set up Cristiane for two of her three goals, and she would have scored herself if not for an excellent stop on a penalty.
Australia vs. Brazil Free Picks
This has the potential to be one of the best World Cup group stage matches because of the stakes. An Australia loss or tie means the Aussies are likely to finish in third place in the group, and that would be disastrous. They must get the victory here, and coach Ante Milicic will throw waves of attackers forward to try to get the three points. I think they will find the victory, but it will be very close.
Australia vs. Brazil Prediction: Australia 2, Brazil 1
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