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Australia to win Women’s World Cup 2023 odds: Confirmed squad, best players, line-up and form

By Ben Green

Australia to win Women's World Cup 2023 odds- Predicted squad, best players, predicted line-up and form

Published: 13:30, 7 August 2023

Co-hosts Australia will look to cause an upset down under at the Women’s World Cup this summer.

The Matildas are welcoming the world to the quadrennial showpiece, alongside neighbours New Zealand, but head coach Tony Gustavsson will be desperate to ensure the nation aren’t just there to make up the numbers — but instead, hoping to produce something memorable in front of their fans.

Latest Australia odds to win the Women’s World Cup

Betting Market Odds
Australia to win the Women’s World Cup 5/1
Australia to reach the semi-finals 7/5
Sam Kerr to win Golden Boot 20/1
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Australia’s route to the Women’s World Cup Final

Group Stage results

Fixture Stadium Date
Australia 1-0 Republic of Ireland Stadium Australia 20 July, 11am BST
Australia 2-3 Nigeria Lang Park 27 July, 11am BST
Canada 0-4 Australia Melbourne Rectangular Stadium 31 July, 11am BST

Who could Australia meet in the knockout rounds?

A 4-0 win over Canada in the final game meant that Australia won Group B, which set up a last 16 match against Group D runners-up Denmark. The Matildas were pretty composed and comfortable in their 2-0 victory, seeing them into the quarter-finals where they’ll face one of France or Morocco.

After that it’s either England, Colombia or Jamaica, with Japan, Netherlands, Sweden or Spain awaiting in the final.

If Australia make it out of Group B as the winners, then they’re looking at a match-up against the runners-up of Group D, most likely one of Haiti, Denmark or China if England stick to the script and top the table. Bypass that, and it’s a quarter-final clash against the winners of Group F or runners-up of Group H, most likely to be France or Brazil. The semis opens up the possibility of England or Germany, before a match-up in the final against reigning champions United States.

Route as Group B winners Potential Opponent
Round of 16 Denmark
Quarter-Final France
Semi-Final England
Final Spain

Confirmed Australia Women’s World Cup squad

Player Name Position Age Club
Lydia Williams Goalkeeper 35 Brighton
Teagan Micah Goalkeeper 29 FC Rosengard
Mackenzie Arnold Goalkeeper 25 West Ham
Clare Polkinghorne Defender 34 Vittsjo GIK
Alanna Kennedy Defender 28 Manchester City
Steph Catley Defender 29 Arsenal
Courtney Nevin Defender 21 Leicester City
Aivi Luik Defender 38 BK Hacken
Ellie Carpenter Defender 23 Lyon
Charlotte Grant Defender 21 Vittsjo GIK
Clare Hunt Defender 24 Western Sydney Wanderers
Tameka Yallop Midfielder 32 Brann
Katrina Gorry Midfielder 30 Brisbane Roar
Kyra Cooney-Cross Midfielder 21 Hammarby IF
Alex Chidiac Midfielder 24 Racing Louisville
Emily van Egmond Midfielder 29 San Diego Wave
Clare Wheeler Midfielder 25 Everton
Caitlin Foord Forward 28 Arsenal
Kyah Simon Forward 32 Tottenham Hotspur
Sam Kerr Forward 29 Chelsea
Hayley Raso Forward 28 Manchester City
Mary Fowler Forward 20 Manchester City
Cortnee Vine Forward 25 Sydney FC

Australia players to watch at this year’s Women’s World Cup

Australia World Cup Golden Boot contender – Sam Kerr

Sam Kerr was once again tremendous for Chelsea as they won the 2022/23 Women’s Super League title, top scoring for Emma Hayes’ side after Bethany England left for Spurs. For the Aussies, she’s just as prolific, with 63 goals in 120 caps, which makes her the nation’s leading scorer of all time. But she does have an uphill battle to fight, missing the first three games games due to injury and making a late cameo against Denmark.

Australia player to watch – Caitlin Foord

Caitlin Foord was in top form for Arsenal this season, registering six assists in the WSL, the most at the club as Jonas Eidevall’s side finished third. She was also inspirational as the club won the League Cup at the expense of Kerr’s Chelsea, so she will have been brimming with confidence heading into this tournament. She has been the one to step up at the World Cup in Kerr’s absence, finally getting her first goal against Denmark.

Australia emerging player to look out for – Mary Fowler

At just 20, Mary Fowler is certainly still in the early stages of her career, but she has already racked up an impressive 39 caps for Australia, and bagged 11 goals in that time. She’s just coming off the back of her maiden campaign for Man City, which was a slight struggle, but scored in the 4-0 win over Canada.

Australia tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup

Australia tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup

Tony Gustavsson has been favouring the 4-4-2 at this World Cup with West Ham ‘keeper Mackenzie Arnold retain her place between the sticks, behind a back four of Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Clare Hunt and Ellie Carpenter. Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso occupy either flank, while Katrina Gorry and Kyra Cooney-Cross control the engine room. Emily van Egmond has been starting alongside Mary Fowler but Sam Kerr will return when deemed fit enough.

Where are Australia in the FIFA world rankings?

Australia are currently 10th in the FIFA world rankings.

Who is the Australia manager?

Tony Gustavsson was named Australia manager in September 2020.

Who is the current Australia captain?

Sam Kerr is the current captain of Australia.

How many times have Australia won the World Cup?

Australia are yet to win the World Cup, finishing in the quarter-finals in three successive tournaments between 2007 and 2015.

How many times have Australia competed in the World Cup?

Having missed the first-ever Women’s World Cup, Australia have appeared every time since, with this being their eighth showing.

Who has scored Australia’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?

Lisa De Vanna is Australia’s top scorer at World Cups with seven goals, though Kerr is only two behind.