Odds on France Women to beat USA Women – 2019-06-2727th June 2019 / lee
The biggest match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup so far will happen on Friday. This will be the quarter-final showdown between France and the USA. Pre-tournament it was France who had been backed into favourites, with them holding home advantage as hosts.
But some powerful performances from the Americans has shifted things in their favour. Who wins this heavyweight duel? The odds on France Women to beat USA Women are at 6/5* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2019 at 12:36 pm)
France Women v USA Women Odds*
US Women 6/5
France Women 9/4
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2019 at 12:36 pm)
Can home advantage help France
The French do have home advantage and on such a big night that would make a world of difference for them. At times the hosts has been simply brilliant in this tournament. They have rocked things out with some supremely impressive spells of attacking football. Of course, no team in the world is going to be able to sustain high standards match after match. The French have had bits of luck go their way, such as their winning goal against Norway in their second game.
They also had a retaken spot kick to beat Nigeria in their final group stage game. But the thing about them is that they create chances. So they do in large chunks create their luck almost. They have such a wonderfully strong core of players, most of them from Lyon and it comes together well for them. They have pace and finishing power in Eugenie Le Sommer and Valerie Gauvin up front.
Amandine Henry pulls the attacking strings from the middle of the park and you have serial winner Wendie Renard at the back. The French have also unleashed one of the quickest, most devastating wingers in the world as well. That will Kadidiatou Diani who is blisteringly quick, although her crossing has let her down at times. But France have pace, they have power and skill. Will it be enough to see them knock out the USA?
One big challenge down already
The French, despite winning their group, weren’t rewarded with an easy round of sixteen tie either. They had to go up against Brazil and that was an extended game going through extra time. It was Amandine Henry who settled it before the dreaded penalty shootout game along.
But that was a series test of their character and how well they can handle pressure in such a big tie. They got through that challenge, and it was a good test, especially when the Brazilians just started to throw caution to the wind and attack, of how well the French may be able to compete against the USA.
Current form with the French
The French are undefeated in their last three games against the USA so there has been a bit of a minimum shift between the two nations. Their most recent meeting was back in January this year with the French winning 3-1. That is two wins in their last three games now that they have taken against the Americans (D1). It is clearly perceived that they are the ones who are the most likely to prevent the USA from winning the title again.
USA no pushovers
No one is expecting the reigning champions the USA to go down without a fight of course. They are the most successful nation in the history of the tournament. They are also physically supreme, one of the big advantages that they have over the other nations. They play the game at a high pace and that alone is something that opposition really struggle to live with over the course of 90 minutes.
After a perfect group stage campaign, the USA though did show some vulnerabilities in their round of sixteen tie. Spain turned up and delivered a very good tactical performance against the USA. The Americans did get the win, but only thanks to two penalty kicks which were converted by Megan Rapinoe. The second of those was a really soft one as well. So Spain highlighted some vulnerabilities that the USA may have and it will have given hope to France.
There is no team better equipped in this tournament to stop the Americans than the French. They have great depth, they have had their moment where they have looked rocky as well in this tournament, but have kept finding ways to win. The pace that they have could be key here because they are likely to press and harass the USA more so than any other team can.
France has wonderful power down the flanks and that is something that is going to keep the USA occupied and it means that Americans won’t likely be able to play things the way that they would like to. France aren’t just going to sit back and try to defend their way to the title. They are ambitious and they have quality.
The odds on France Women to beat the USA Women are at 6/5* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2019 at 12:36 pm) and that looks a nice bit of value. If it doesn’t happen here, it’s hard to see the USA being stopped in their title defence.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!