Advertisement

Ontario sports bettors supporting Canadian women’s soccer team

An opening tie with Nigeria hasn’t dampened betting support for the Canadian women’s soccer team.

According to theScore Bet, as of Monday afternoon over half of Ontarian bettors backed Canada to win the Women’s World Cup despite a scoreless draw with the African country Thursday. The Canadians meet Ireland in their second tournament game Wednesday in Australia (8 a.m. ET).

“Without question, attention and awareness picked up, especially for Canada coming off its Olympic win,” said Aubrey Levy, senior vice-president of content and marketing, theScore. “That momentum and some of this attention picking up, is yielding some really compelling hometown activity.

Breaking news from Canada and around the world sent to your email, as it happens.
For news impacting Canada and around the world, sign up for breaking news alerts delivered directly to you when they happen.

Get breaking National news

For news impacting Canada and around the world, sign up for breaking news alerts delivered directly to you when they happen.
By providing your email address, you have read and agree to Global News' Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

“Certainly it (tie with Nigeria) was a surprise outcome but I don’t think it dissuaded anybody from thinking that Canada is the team they thought they were. It just wasn’t the outcome they were hoping for.”

Tournament expectations are high for Canada, the defending Olympic women’s soccer champion. The Canadians earned gold at the 2020 Games in Tokyo following consecutive bronze medals in 2012 at London and 2016 in Rio.

Story continues below advertisement

Canada is currently a 50-1 long-shot to win the World Cup behind the United States (9/4 favourite), England (6-1), host Australia (12-1), France (18-1) and the Netherlands (20-1). Still, support for the Canadian team remains very solid.

“The hometown love is real,” Levy said. “I think it just further supports, similar to the men’s World Cup, when you get these milestone-distanced events, people really rally and come out to bet their hearts.”

Canada is the favourite (minus-155) to beat Ireland, meaning a Canadian victory and $155 bet would net $100. The tie is plus-240 with the Irish being a plus-425 underdog, meaning a successful $100 bet would net $240 for a tie for $425 for upset victory.

Australia defeated Ireland 1-0 also Thursday. The Aussies play Nigeria on Thursday before squaring off with Canada on Monday.

Sponsored content

AdChoices