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Women’s World Cup 2023: New Zealand vs Norway Prediction, Preview, and Odds (July 20)

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  • First match of the Women’s World Cup will see New Zealand host Norway
  • The hosts will be looking to kick off their home competition on a high note

The Women’s World Cup 2023 gets underway on Thursday, as one of the host nations for the tournament come up against Norway. It will be a challenging first match in the competition for New Zealand, as Norway could be among the dark horse contenders to go far in the tournament.


How To Watch

  • When: Thursday, July 20, 2023, at 3:00 a.m ET
  • Where: Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
  • How To Watch: FOX

Odds

Match ResultOdds
New Zealand
Draw
Norway  

Match Preview

New Zealand will be looking to get their World Cup campaign off to the best possible start on Thursday, as they welcome Norway to Eden Park on matchday one. The opening match of the tournament will see the host nation as the huge outsiders to land victory, but they will have a passionate home support behind them as they chase victory.

This will be New Zealand’s fifth straight appearance at the tournament, but they are still chasing a first victory at the World Cup. They have gone 15 matches without a win at the tournament, while they are the only team to have made more than five appearances at the tournament without having reached the knockout stage.

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This will certainly be New Zealand’s toughest match in Group A, as they come up against a Norway side that are among the most successful women’s teams on the planet. However, they have endured a lull in success since the 2011 World Cup, as they haven’t been able to progress any further than the quarterfinal stage.

But, they should come into the tournament in good confidence this year, as they have won two of their last six matches, which includes an unofficial friendly success over Portugal in the middle of April. Norway won the only previous encounter between the sides by a 4-0 scoreline in the second match of the 1991 World Cup.


New Zealand vs Norway Prediction

New Zealand could stand an excellent chance of reaching the next round, but their chances of achieving that feat will hinge on their upcoming matches to close Group A. We find it extremely challenging to bet against Norway at Eden Park in this opening encounter.

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Alex Dudley
Contributor Alex has covered huge sporting events for various websites and publications. He has attended football European Championships, Rugby League and Union World Cups, and the Paralympics. Alex is dedicated to giving the most insightful tips for VegasOdds readers and specialises in horse racing, soccer, golf and basketball.

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