Italy vs. Brazil: Odds, Live Stream, TV Info for Women's World Cup 2019

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2019

Brazil's forward Marta (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a  penalty kick   during the France 2019 Women's World Cup Group C football match between Australia and Brazil, on June 13, 2019, at the Mosson Stadium in Montpellier, southern France. (Photo by Pascal GUYOT / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Brazil are already under big pressure at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, as they prepare to face Italy in a crucial Group C encounter at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, on Tuesday.

The Selecao appeared to be cruising into the knockout stages of the competition in their previous game, as they were 2-0 up against Australia having already beaten Jamaica. However, they caved in against the Matildas to lose 3-2.

It means they need a win to guarantee a spot in the last 16. That's unlikely to be straightforward, either, as Italy have emerged as the World Cup's surprise package, winning both of their group matches.

Read on for the latest odds for what should be a critical and captivating game, as well the viewing details for the contest.

    

Odds

Brazil win (17-11)

Draw (5-2)

Italy win (39-19)

Odds courtesy of Oddschecker

     

Date: Tuesday, June 18

Time: 8 p.m. (BST), 3 p.m. (ET)

TV Info: BBC 4 (UK), Fox Sports 1 (U.S.)

Live Stream: BBC website (UK), Fox Sports Go (U.S.)

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Preview

Everything in the match against Australia appeared to be going well for Brazil. 

Not only was Marta back in the side and on the scoresheet, they had also cantered into a two-goal lead and were on the brink of progression. However, Caitlin Foord netted for the Matildas in first-half injury time and they capitulated after the break.

Marta, the six-time World Player of the Year, was brought off in the second half and was noticeably furious about the result after the final whistle:

Here are the highlights from what was the game of the competition so far:

While there was some controversy regarding a VAR decision for Australian's third goal, it was a shock to see a team as experienced as Brazil wilt in the second period.

With players such as Formiga, Thaisa and Monica Alves on the field, Brazil had enough nous to be able to see out the flurry of Australia pressure. However, they were unable to stem momentum and that'll be a huge concern for manager Vadao as they head into this crunch contest.

Football journalist Tim Stillman said the coach should take some of the blame for the team being in this position:

If there are technical or tactical weakness on show on Tuesday from Brazil, then Italy have shown they are capable of exploiting them.

Le Azzurre's win over Australia in their opening game set them up for a terrific group stage, and they backed up that shock triumph with a 5-0 mauling of Jamaica.

Per OptaJoe, that win is their biggest in the history of the World Cup:

Cristiana Girelli was the standout performer in that match, as she was ruthless in front of goal and netted a hat-trick:

With her clever movement and shooting accuracy, the Juventus star has the potential to cause chaos in a Brazil defence that was a rabble for periods of the Australia loss.

Brazil will surely opt a more cohesive game plan given what occurred in their last match and will hope the likes of Marta and Cristiane Rozeira can continue to threaten at the other end. In what is an unexpectedly early key encounter for them, expect the Selecao's big players to stand up and be counted.

Prediction: Brazil 2-1 Italy

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