Odds on England Women to beat USA Women – 2019-07-021st July 2019 / lee
England’s Lionesses knew at some point in the draw that they were going to hit a huge hurdle. Here comes, their semi-final against the reigning champions the USA. There is a monumental task ahead of Phil Neville’s team to pull off an upset in this one.
No-one thus far in the tournament has come close to knocking the Americans off their perch. Can the Lionesses pull off a surprise though? The Odds on England Women to beat USA Women have the Lionesses as 16/5 underdogs* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 30th, 2019 at 9:02 p.m.).
England Women v USA Women Betting Odds*
USA Women 17/20
England Women 16/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 30th, 2019 at 9:02 p.m.)
England peaking at the perfect time?
To be fair, none of the group stage performances from England were particularly convincing. They opened with a 2-1 win over Scotland and then edged past Argentina before sounding off with a victory over Japan. It was progress but they hadn’t put together a solid match in those three group stage games. Then came their really fragmented duel with Cameroon in the round of sixteen, which descended into chaos, so rhythm was hard to find.
But then things came together for England in the quarterfinals. They were up against Norway and right from the kickoff, England took control. They quickly got into an attacking mode and never let their opponents settle. With an early goal on the board through Jill Scott, England were comfortable throughout the 90 minutes and did a superb job of shutting down the main threats of their opponents. So the way that they played in that game will really have filled them with belief that they can go further.
England Women v USA Women Head to Head
England are W1 D1 L4 in six previous meetings with the USA
There was a 2-2 earlier this year at the SheBelievesCup
England have lost four of the last five meetings by a 1-0 scoreline
The USA have outscored England 8-3 in previous meetings
White inspiring the Lionesses
Ellen White has been the surprise package of the tournament for England in terms of goals. It was all about how much Nikita Parris was going to be able to deliver for them. But White has come up big time for the Lionesses, and with a five-goal haul, jointly sits at the top of the goalscoring charts with another two games to play. She looks so confident and sharp and White is at 3/1 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 30th, 2019 at 9:02 p.m.).
The worrying thing will be a lack of support for Whites. Parris, who scored England’s first goal of the tournament from a spot kick, has subsequently missed two penalty kicks in the tournament, Frank Kirby has continued no goals to the cause and neither has Toni Duggan. Aside from White, three of the other five English players to score at the tournament have been defenders. White can’t be expected to carry the can on her own against a formidable USA defence.
England stepping up at the back
Ahead of the World Cup England had taken two clean sheets in eight games and that was a big concern for them at the time heading into the World Cup. They conceded in that opening game against Scotland, deep into the second half. However, that is the only goal that they have shipped during this campaign. It has been four clean sheets on the bounce from them and that has been a huge output from them.
Can they stand strong against a powerful USA attack? The Americans are so deadly in front of goal highlighted by their huge tally at the tournament so far. So England have to find a way to shut them down. But it is a five-match winning streak at the moment and so the Lionesses do have a bit of wind in their sails.
The performance against Norway was brilliant. Everyone will have noticed how good that one. They will be looking to banish some harsh memories of the 2015 World Cup semi final too. Four years ago when they missed out on the Final after scoring an own goal in stoppage time against Japan.
Americans always a threat
The USA can’t be taken lightly. They had a tremendously easy time of things in the group stage and they took 2-1 wins over Spain and then host nation France in the round of sixteen and quarter finals respectively. So they were challenged a little bit more. Against Spain, their only route to goal was from two spot-kicks converted from Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe also struck both of their goals in their win over France.
She is just part of a lethal attacking threat which also contains Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. The USA have now made it to the semi-finals in all eight of their World Cup appearances which is an astonishing record. The Americans are on a ten-match winning streak in World Cup matches at the moment and are unbeaten in twelve. Their current form is spectacular too. They played out a 2-2 with England back at the SheBelivesCup and since then they have won eleven on the bounce. They have taken a tally of eight clean sheets in that sequence of fixtures.
The Lionesses are going to need the perfect performance in this one. No two ways about it. They are going to have their work cut out. But there have been moments against Spain and France where the USA have come under some pressure. England have to find that balance between defence and attacking and maybe set pieces are the way for the Lionesses. This is a huge moment.
The Odds on England Women to beat USA Women have the Lionesses as 16/5 underdogs* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 30th, 2019 at 9:02 p.m.)
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