TAB Betting Blog: Sam Kerr to inspire Matildas, again

Women's Football World Cup: Norway vs. Australia (Sunday 5am AEST, Allianz Riviera - Nice Stadium)

History beckons for the Matildas as they target a World Cup quarterfinal which would equal their best previous result. Fans will be tuning in to see whether the team and superstar striker Sam Kerr can both carry on their dazzling displays after she netted four goals in the win over Jamaica during the week.

Kerr's hat trick marked the first from an Australian of either gender at a World Cup Finals. However, defensive faults must be dealt with if Ante Milicic's side is to make a fourth straight World Cup quarterfinal.

While a gruelling passage past Italy, Brazil and Jamaica has toughened Australia, it has also left the Matildas fatigued. On the other hand, Norway finished second to France in Group A and enters the encounter with an extra day's recovery.

Of their three most recent encounters, Australia have the edge winning two of those and drawing in 2007, 1-1 all at the World Cup when Lisa De Vanna hit a sensational late equaliser.

While Norway appear to be playing the more consistent football at this World Cup, Australia are the better team. With wins over Norway in the past and the fact the Matildas continue improve with each performance, expect the Aussies to tighten up their defence and move through to the last eight against either England or Japan.

Tip: Winner of tie - Australia at $1.80

Cricket World Cup: Australia vs. Bangladesh (Thursday, 7:30pm AEST, Trent Bridge)

Bangladesh have been outstanding so far this tournament but will need to do a whole lot more when they face the five-time champions Australia at Trent Bridge on Thursday evening.

The Aussies have been doing what they do best so far at World Cups: destruction. Marcus Stoinis's injury was looked at as a potential setback for Australia but it appears as though the are simply getting better with each performance.

TAB favourite for most wickets, Mitchell Starc and sidekick Pat Cummins are proving to be a nightmare to score against. Aaron Finch and David Warner have been opening perfectly and Steve Smith has been a feature in the middle order. Essentially, it's near impossible to think Australia won't make the final four.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are carving their own path in this World Cup. They pushed New Zealand in an ODI thriller before falling short. They disposed of the West Indies comfortably however Mashrafe Mortaza's team are taking on a different kind of beast in Australia.

They will need to change a few wrongs and excel on their strengths against top-flight opposition.

The Australians should come out full of confidence and be far too strong for an inconsistent Bangladesh side. Australia's odds aren't worth a look but Finch should be considered as he is a reliable run scorer.

Tip: Aaron Finch to score 50 + and win $2.30

State of Origin: QLD vs. NSW, Game 2 (Sunday, 7:50pm AEST Optus Stadium, Perth)

The Blues are getting out to a backable price to win Game 2 of State Of Origin and they should square the series over in Perth despite 'Freddy' pushing the panic button and making seven changes to the side.

NSW had control for large parts of Origin I and the sin binning of Latrell Mitchell, plus a few errors, didn't help them but coach Fittler has rung in the changes.

Last year's winning halves combination is back for the Blues with James Maloney replacing Cody Walker. They are familiar with each other and Penrith's club form has been steadily improving with four straight wins so the confidence levels are getting higher.

There is nothing like Origin and there is nothing like the feeling of having to win or you lose the series. This Blues side did win the series last season so they know they've got what it takes to be successful.

Playing at a neutral venue is a major bonus for the Blues with many not totally convinced on the Maroons away from Suncorp Stadium.

The Blues should win the game and send it to a decider at ANZ Stadium in a few weeks' time.

Tip: NSW (Win) @ $1.94