The USA will step out in Paris on Sunday for the Final of the Women’s World Cup, looking to secure a title defence. They have once again proven to be the ones to beat at this level and while they have been challenged, they don’t look like losing their grip on their status of World champions at any point.
The odds on USA women to beat Netherlands Women will see the Americans kick off as 4/9 favourites* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2019 at 9:10 p.m.)
USA Women 4/9
Netherlands Women 15/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2019 at 9:10 p.m.)
The Americans found themselves as second favourites in the pre-tournament outright winner market to France. That was because the French were in form, are stacked with some of Europe’s best talent and had home soil advantage. It didn’t take long for the reigning champion the USA to march their way back to the position of being favourites. From their opening 13-0 win over Thailand, the USA once again haven’t looked back.
Building on that remarkably opening win, they then beat Chile 5-0 and Sweden 2-0. So it was a big return from the USWNT early on. But were they simply on a path to burn out a little bit early? Not at all. While they have had tougher challenges as they would have expected in the knockouts, they haven’t looked like falling to anyone that they have been up against. If they win on Sunday it will be their fourth World Cup title and mean that they have won half of the eight editions of the tournament. The odds on USA to beat Sweden to nil are at 5/4* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2019 at 9:10 p.m.). Four years ago they thumped Japan 5-2 in a lop-sided final for their third title.
Carli Loyd won the Golden Ball for best player and was joint top scorer in the tournament alongside Germany’s Celia Sasic, four years ago. It has largely been all about Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe this time around. Morgan is the darling of the USWNT, a player who transcends her sport amongst.
She fired off five goals in their opening win over Thailand and didn’t add to that tally until the semi-finals when she netted against England. She hasn’t quite looked at her best, but she has goals in her. Megan Rapinoe who scored the USA’s two goals against both Spain and France is just one behind Morgan in the race to win the Golden Boot.
The Americans have a huge fitness level advantage. You can see it in their matches. They often look a step quicker than anyone else, they move the ball in a much quicker way than any other team can do and their stamina doesn’t seem to wane. Their superior fitness levels have been noticed more and more through the knockouts stage, where they have taken three consecutive 2-1 success over Spain, France and England.
Any time you look at the Americans you think that it is going to take more than one goal to beat them. That’s a huge problem for any opponent. This is a team now who are on an eleven match winning streak in World Cup matches and who are unbeaten in thirteen. They thrive at the top and here they are again. They are riding another huge wave of form and they are going to take some stopping. In their current form, they are on a twelve-match winning streak. They have scored at least two goals in each of their last eleven.
To make the Final the Netherlands had to come through an extra time period against Sweden. The Dutch were on an eight-match winning streak of form before playing out to a 0-0 draw against Sweden over 90 minutes. So they had from behind them. They have scored at least two goals in four their six World Cup this campaign, but still, they haven’t looked particularly impressive side.
They have relied on moments of magic from key players and have barely raised themselves above looking like an average side at the best of times. This is their first experience of a World Cup Final. They are the reigning European champions but they were playing much better, much stronger stuff on their way to the European title than they have done at this World Cup. They are now facing the elite. At no stage of their campaign have they faced such high quality.
It is hard to see where the Netherlands get a foothold in this game. Their midfield area is nowhere near as good as that of the Americans. At times the Dutch have looked really ragged and a bit short of quality. They have some star power that can rise to the occasion, but as a team, they fall a long way short of the quality of the Americans. The odds on USA women to beat Netherlands Women will see the Americans kick off as 4/9 favourites* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2019 at 9:10 p.m.) and it’s hard to question that.