Women’s Hockey Betting Preview for the Tokyo Olympics – Odds, Contenders, and Prediction

| July 24, 2021 3:33 am PDT

If odds for the women’s field hockey tournament at the Tokyo Olympics are anything to go by, the Netherlands has one hand on the title.

The Dutch are the most successful nation in women’s Olympic hockey, with eight gold medals. Suffice to say; they’ll be looking to up that tally in Japan.

The oddsmakers clearly see the Netherlands as the team to beat ahead of this summer’s tournament, and the world’s number one outfit will settle for no less than first place.

I’ll be sharing the odds for women’s hockey gold in this betting preview. With the tournament set to commence on July 24, I’ll also be covering the other main contenders and providing you with the full schedule and dates for all matches.

If you’re looking to bet on women’s hockey at the Tokyo Olympics, this preview includes the groups, format, and my prediction for the gold medal. This information should come in very handy when putting together your Tokyo hockey bets for the women’s tournament.

Let’s begin.

Women’s Hockey Groups for the Tokyo Olympics

I guess the best place to get things going is by looking over the groups for the women’s field hockey tournament in Tokyo.

Group A Group B
Germany Argentina
Great Britain Australia
India China
Ireland Japan
Netherlands New Zealand
South Africa Spain
  • The twelve countries above will compete for the gold medal in Tokyo.
  • There are two pools of six teams.
  • All teams will play against each other in the group rounds.
  • A standard three points are awarded for a win and one for a draw.
  • The top four teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals stage.

Group A features Rio 2016 winners, Great Britain, alongside tournament favorites, the Netherlands. Germany, India, Ireland, and South Africa make up the other teams in the pool.

Group B includes hosts Japan, with Argentina, Australia, China, New Zealand, and Spain. Of all the teams in Group B, Argentina is considered the strongest, and they are tipped to top the group.

You can find all kinds of odds for the Tokyo women’s hockey tournament on the top betting apps for the Olympics. But let’s examine how the bookies have priced all teams in the tournament in the next section.

Tokyo Olympics Women’s Hockey Odds

The Netherlands is the only field hockey nation in the Olympics, female or male, with minus money odds before the games.

In comparison, Australia is +275 to win the men’s tournament. This makes Netherlands’ odds for the Tokyo Olympics hockey tournament for women look pretty short. 

But, there are reasons for the Dutch being priced so short. They are exceptionally strong, with the best team in the tournament. They have a great track record in women’s Olympic field hockey, and that’s why their odds for the women’s hockey gold medal in Tokyo are so light.

Could Argentina beat the Netherlands to the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo?

Argentina (+650) is some way behind the Dutch but should put up a big fight, nonetheless. Las Leonas are an attacking powerhouse with a very high-tempo game. 

Australia (+800), Germany (+800), reigning champions Great Britain (+900), and New Zealand (+1000) are next in line.

So, are you betting on the Netherlands to win the women’s hockey gold at the Tokyo Olympics? Or is there another team that has caught your eye? 

If you have an idea of who you fancy but are new to betting on Olympic sports, the following guide will help.

Dates and Schedule for Tokyo Olympics Women’s Hockey

“When does the Tokyo Olympics women’s hockey start?”

“What date is the final?”

If they’re the type of questions you need answers to, you can find comprehensive details of all matches in the Tokyo Olympics women’s hockey tournament on the official Olympics website.

However, I have summarized the dates for the groups and knockout rounds for you. They are as follows.

  • Women’s Hockey Group Stages – July 24 to July 31
  • Quarterfinals – August 2
  • Semifinals – August 4
  • Bronze Medal Match – August 6
  • Gold Medal Match – August 6

The opening match should be an interesting one for Olympic women’s hockey bettors.

The Netherlands women lock horns with India on the North Pitch as they look to open their campaign with a bang. Ireland takes on South Africa on the South Pitch in the second game of the pool stages.

Argentina vs. Australia will be the final match in the pools on July 31, before the quarter-finals rounds get going on August 2. 

The knockout rounds are where the true magic happens. Keep an eye on the teams that look in impressive form throughout the group stages before odds for women’s hockey quarter-finals are released by betting sites.

The group stages can yield upsets, too. If history has taught us anything about this sport, it’s that no one is entitled to win a match or tournament.

On that note, check out the following table of the best women’s hockey teams in history, according to medals earned.

Nation Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals
Netherlands 3 (1984, 2008, 2012) 2 (2004, 2016) 3 (1988, 1996, 2000)
Australia 3 (1988, 1996, 2000)
Germany 1 (2004) 2 (1984, 1992) 1 (2016)
Great Britain 1 (2016) 2 (1992, 2012)
Spain 1 (1992)
Zimbabwe 1 (1980)

Top Contenders for the Women’s Hockey Gold Medal

Netherlands women look nailed on to win their third Olympic championship in four tournaments. 

Still, the Tokyo women’s hockey gold medal odds for other nations should not be disregarded. After all, the Dutch were +120 to win in Rio 2016 before Great Britain, priced at +900 before the tournament, beat them in a penalty shootout in the final. 

Here are the top Olympic hockey contenders for Tokyo.

Netherlands (-120)

Alongside these top contenders for gold at the Olympics in Tokyo, the Netherlands are considered candidates for glory.

The best hockey team at Tokyo 2020, this Netherlands outfit is bursting with talent. Star player and captain Eva de Goede is sensational, but they also have an excellent coaching setup spearheaded by their iconic coach, Alyson Annan.

The Dutch won the 2018 Women’s World Cup and added FIH Hockey Pro League (2019) and European championship (2021).

The first port of call for anyone betting on Olympic hockey at the Tokyo Olympics is to consider this team to win gold.

Argentina (+650)

Argentina’s women’s hockey team is clearly of the top contenders to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics. 

With incredible attacking verve, this team could very well march its way into the record books.

Winners of the 2016 Champions Trophy, the 2017 Pan-American Cup, and the 2019 Pan American Games, this is one of the teams to beat in Group B.

Argentina’s odds to win gold in women’s field hockey at the Tokyo games are very appealing. If players like Delfina Merino peak in Japan, they could be a devastating prospect.

Australia (+800)

The Australian men head to the Olympics as favorites, but don’t count the country’s women’s team out just yet.

From the mid-nineties to the early 2000s, the Aussies looked close to unbeatable, picking up two Olympics golds as well as a pair of World Cups. Back then, the star of the show was incumbent Dutch coach Alyson Annan, which sets up a series of potential headlines if their paths cross.

Australia boasts arguably the best goalie in the game in Rachael Lynch. She will be a crucial asset to the side.

Other Potential Winners

Don’t count out Germany.

The Olympic bronze medalists at Rio 2016 have become something of a force since then, racking up some impressive scores and two silver medals at the European games. 

New Zealand will fly under the radar but could be one of the best sleepers for women’s hockey at the Olympics. 

Finally, you can’t pass the reigning champions Great Britain over that easily. Lily Owsley is a true star of the game and will be confident of adding another gold medal to her resume as the team looks to defend its crown in Japan.

My Prediction

I’d like to see a little bit of each team in action before I make betting picks for the women’s hockey at Tokyo 2020.

But it’s clear to all and sundry that the Netherlands is on a different level. They have the best team, coaching staff, infrastructure, and are in hot form heading into the summer games. 

If I had to predict the Tokyo Olympics women’s field hockey winners, it’s them. But as we saw in Rio, there is always the chance of an upset.

The Dutch are exceptionally strong, even without two-time Olympic gold medalist and hockey legend Ellen Hoog who retired in 2017.

Wrapping it Up

If you’re looking to gamble on women’s hockey at the Tokyo Olympics, the information above should help.

We have covered the groups and tournament format, the odds for the gold medal in women’s hockey in Japan, as well as the contenders and my prediction. 

I also provided the odds for betting on women’s hockey at the Olympics, so feel free to go back over anything you think you might have missed the first time around. 

Women’s hockey is one of the best sports to bet on at Tokyo 2020, but I’d consider keeping up to date with everything on our Olympics blog.

We will be covering the Olympics extensively on the blog, with everything from betting tips, predictions, insight, and more. That applies to field hockey as well as all other events at the games.

We also provide recommended bets for the Olympics. If you’re looking for expert picks, you know what to do. Our Olympic hockey betting guide is worth a read, too.

Finally, enjoy the games!

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA and boxing.

A self-confessed sports fanatic, when Adam is not watching and writing about rugby, soccer, Gaelic Games, and F1, he can often be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a big fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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