The United States are in the World Cup Final for the third time this decade. The USWNT are 3-1 all-time in this game, and the Stars and Stripes will look to add a fourth star to their crest on Sunday. Their opponents will be the Netherlands. The Oranje are the 2017 European Champions, and they are in the final in just their second appearance at the Women’s World Cup. Most analysts aren’t giving the Dutch much of a chance, but they have proven the oddsmakers wrong multiple times over the last two years.
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United States -238
The United States survived an incredibly tough bracket to get to the final for the fifth time in their history. The Stars and Stripes won all three of their knockout round games by a scoreline of 2-1, and the difficulty of those wins has increased in each subsequent round.
After a hard-fought victory against France, the USWNT were hoping things would go smoother against England, but the Three Lionesses gave them all they could handle in the semifinals. Both teams posed significant challenges to the other’s back line, and it looked like the game would get away from the US in the second half. England had the better chances in the final 45 minutes, but fell after an Ellen White goal was ruled offside and a Steph Houghton penalty kick was saved by Alyssa Naeher.
It hasn’t been easy for the Netherlands throughout this competition. Unlike their opponents in the finals, the Dutch haven’t blown anyone away with all of their victories coming by two goals or less. The story for the Oranje has been their tendency to break down opponents in the second half. Nine of their 11 goals have come after halftime, and that’s how they managed to get past Sweden too.
Sweden looked better in the first 45 minutes of their semifinal match, but the Netherlands started to ratchet up the pressure after halftime. A Vivianne Miedema header was tipped off the crossbar, and Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl made some critical saves to keep the game tied at 0. However, it wasn’t enough as Jackie Groenen scored the game winner in added time in the first Women’s World Cup semifinal to go past the 90-minute mark.
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Megan Rapinoe was a surprise scratch for the USWNT on Tuesday, but Rapinoe has said that she will be ready to go this Sunday. She reportedly tweaked her hamstring in training and manager Jill Ellis erred on the side of caution and kept her out given the depth the United States possesses. Rapinoe’s five goals are one behind White and teammate Alex Morgan, and she was huge in the USWNT’s wins over Spain and France.
Netherlands Player to Watch
It’s been a rough World Cup for the Netherlands’ Lieke Martens. Martens scored both Dutch goals in their Round of 16 win over Japan, but she has failed to score in the five other matches. The star forward aggravated a lingering toe injury late in the game against Japan, and she came off at halftime against Sweden on Wednesday. Martens is the most dynamic player on the Netherlands, and she certainly needs a great outing for the Oranje to celebrate Dutch Delight.
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This is going to be an anticlimactic final. The USWNT jumps on teams early, and the Netherlands are typically slow out of the gate. The defending champions have the benefit of an extra day’s rest, while the Netherlands played 120 minutes on Wednesday, and that will make life difficult for the underdogs. It won’t quite be the 2015 Final when the USWNT slammed Japan, but it won’t be pretty.
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Odds: United States 3, Netherlands 0
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