There may have been heartache for English fans in the semi-finals this week, but punters can still enjoy some success from the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 with Sunday’s final. Whatever happens, there will be a new name on the trophy after Germany’s run of six successive titles ended at the quarter-final stage. The Netherlands and Denmark – two sides who weren't tipped to get this far – will contest the showdown at De Grolsch Veste stadium in Enschede.
It’s been a record-breaking summer of betting on women’s sport in the UK with England winning the Cricket World Cup, Johanna Konta reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the Lionesses going far at the UEFA Women’s Championship. Sunday’s final is sure to prove another popular event among football punters, so here are the best odds and markets to consider!
These two teams already know each other well having met earlier on in the tournament in the group stage. Hosts the Netherlands won 1-0 on that occasion thanks to a first half penalty, but Denmark dominated after the break and will take encouragement from their second half performance in that game as they plot their revenge.
In fact, all three of Denmark’s group games finished 1-0, with Nils Nielsen’s side beating Norway and Belgium in their other Group A fixtures to finish second in the group. For those interested in the correct score market, Winner Sports is offering odds of 11/1 on Denmark to win 1-0, while the same scoreline in the Netherlands’ favour is the shortest priced option at 5/1 with William Hill.
The Dutch have certainly made lighter work of reaching the final than their opponents. Having finished top of their group with maximum points, they beat Sweden 2-0 in their quarter-final before a ruthless 3-0 win against England on Thursday. Coach Sarina Wiegman’s girls are clearly relishing their role as hosts as opposed to feeling the pressure and there’ll be a sellout crowd cheering them on in Enschede on Sunday.
They are the clear favourites among the bookies, with Paddy Power's odds of 5/6 currently the best to be found on a Dutch win. The hosts have conceded just one goal in their five games in this tournament, scoring nine, and they are 13/8 with bet365 to win to nil once again. Both teams to score, meanwhile, is 6/5 with 10Bet.
Wiegman and her players certainly won’t be underestimating the Danes, who have been one of a number of surprise stories in this captivating tournament. Denmark pulled off probably the biggest shock of the competition by knocking out title holders and pre-tournament favourites Germany in the quarter-finals, coming from behind to do so.
They were taken to a penalty shootout by a stubborn Austrian side after a goalless 120 minutes in their semi-final on Thursday, but they showed nerve to come through that and book their place in the Women’s Euro final for the first time in the country’s history. Denmark are the underdogs but they have enjoyed upsetting the bookies throughout this tournament and will be looking to do just that on Sunday. Nielsen’s side can be backed at 17/4 with Betway to pull off another shock.
The Netherlands won’t have far to travel on Sunday as the final is taking place at the same stadium where they played their semi-final. It’s a stadium that many of the Dutch players will be familiar with, whereas Denmark are yet to play there during this tournament.
In fact, a couple of the Dutch women play their club football at the same stadium for FC Twente, including midfielder Sherida Spitse who has scored two goals so far at Euro 2017 (although they were both penalties). She's 13/2 with 888Sport to find the net at her home ground, while striker Renate Jansen, who also plays for Twente, is 11/5 with Unibet in the anytime goalscorer market.
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