The 2019 Netball World Cup Favourites – Full Betting Preview
July 8, 2019
This Friday, the Netball World Cup kicks off. Well, in fact, there shouldn’t be a kick in sight, but you get the idea.
Liverpool is hosting the 15th edition of the Netball World Cup. It comes around every four years, and in the 56 years of its existence, the Roses have never managed to bring a win home to England. After the Lionesses were knocked out at the women’s football World Cup semi-finals just last week, we don’t want to fall at the last hurdle again.
On the 7th July, the squads competing in this year’s Netball World Cup were announced, along with facts on each team, and stats on the players. Throughout the competition, individual player stats will be updated, but you can check out the teams here.
I reckon we might have a bit of sibling rivalry hotting up – or at least I hope so – as head coach of the England team is Tracey Neville. Will she be able to take her team further than brother Phil could at the Women’s World Cup? I guess we will see soon enough.
100,000 people are expected to be in attendance at the Netball World Cup, and on home turf, surely the Roses have got an advantage.
The Outlook & Netball World Cup Betting Odds so Far
Come on England!
Call it patriotism, call it optimism, whatever. The Roses are sitting at 2/1 with Betfred in the Netball World Cup betting markets in the run-up to the start of this year’s tournament. In a warm-up game against Superleague champions Manchester Thunder, England beat them with a very comfortable 75-38 win.
The English netball team is second seed in this year’s tournament, which is promising in itself.
Bringing back the bronze in 2015 was a brilliant achievement. This time, the competition is even hotter, and they are going for gold. The Roses won gold at the Commonwealth Games last year, so there is no reason why Tracey Neville’s Roses can’t go all the way this time.
Keep an eye on the Australians
England’s main competition are the Aussies. Both hosts and champions of the last Netball World Cup in 2015, as well as victors in 10 other previous World Cup tournaments, the best price for an Australian victory is 6/5 with Betfair. Most bookies have got Australia pretty much at evens in the Netball betting markets as we approach the tournament.
While on most occasions, teams and players think about how to overcome a loss, the Diamonds have been learning how to come back from a win and perform just as well.
What’s to say that the hosting and winning charm won’t land in the English hands this year? If we can thrash the Aussies and whatever their new strategies are, then there is hope.
Look out for New Zealand
With four wins and eight runner-up positions to their name, the Silver Ferns are back and ready to fight for a fifth victory. In every single instance where they have lost out to the championship title, it was to Australia.
The scores are often very tight, but with England taking third place in 3 of the last 5 series of the Netball World Cup, they may well be ready to knock New Zealand out for the running for those top positions.
As far as the Netball betting markets go, New Zealand are standing as big as 9/1 to win with Royal Panda leading up to the competition beginning. There is certainly value in there if you don’t mind betraying the Brits. They’ve won it before and could do it again.
Jamaican me Nervous
Never winners themselves but lingering around the third and fourth places over the last six tournaments, the Sunshine Girls will be going for glory. Ranked number three in the world, the Jamaican netball team has some of the best players in the world. In the Netball betting odds at the moment, the Sunshine Girls are touching 4/1 with 888 Sport.
All of these teams have gained automatic qualification to the 15th Netball World Cup due to their world rankings. The competition between them is rife, but there are 16 teams in total for the winning team to beat.
Fancy a Punt on an Outsider?
Anything can happen, as they say. If you are looking for value, you could keep an eye on the outsiders. Most of them are starting off as such because they have never played in a Netball World Cup before.
Zimbabwe first qualified for a Netball World Cup in 2018 and are 13th in the world rankings. They’re 2000/1 to win with 888 Sport.
Ranked at number 9 in the world rankings are the Scottish Thistles. Their highest world cup finish is 6th place, and they’ve played in 13 Netball World Cups in total. The Scots could have a lot of value, standing at 1,000/1to win with Royal Panda.
Betting on the Netball World Cup
If the favourites in the Netball betting odds aren’t enough to whet your appetite, you can also bet on the outcome of individual games throughout the tournament.
Bet on the winner of a specific Netball World Cup match, or if you’ve got the ultimate confidence in a team, you can look into betting on handicaps, too.
With only two players allowed to even aim to score in Netball, it is highly unlikely you’ll find any odds on a particular player scoring. Most markets will just be for the team overall.
England All The Way
I’m backing England for obvious reasons, but it actually looks like they could do it, especially after their Commonwealth victory.
The desire for a win is also rooted a bit deeper than usual, since funding is looking like a big struggle for the professional England Netball Team. Yes, even despite their success.
Hopefully, a victory in Liverpool can drive some funds back into the sport at a higher level and they can continue to thrive and inspire people to get involved at a grassroots level, where the majority of funding remains.
Find all your Netball World Cup betting odds here
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