USA look to book their spot in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women's World Cup at the expense of Colombia. Will they come through as favorites in the betting odds or should we expect an upset?
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USA Runaway Faves
USA topped group D, the proverbial group of death in the competition, but they didn't have an easy time of it finishing with a 2-1-0 mark and seven points. All in all it was a solid campaign by the Stars and Stripes, although there are those that have been somewhat critical and unconvinced by their performance.
USA, gold medallists at the London 2012 Olympics, are one of the favorites as a result in the competition. That they didn't have it easy in the group stage is just a testament to the improvements and developments in the women's game the world over, not to mention falling into the same group as Australia, Sweden and Nigeria, none of which are slouches.
To be fair, women's football is growing in popularity around the globe and nations are churning out better players each and every year. It's great for the game, great for the competition. Case-and-point, Australia is behind a massive upset in the R16 already, beating one of the top five favorites Brazil 1-0 on Sunday.
Opening their campaign brightly with a 3-1 win over Australia, the Stars and Stripes hit a snag in round 2 when they succumbed to a 1-1 draw against Sweden. With top spot on the line in round 3, the Stars and Stripes rose to the occasion as expected across soccer betting markets, albeit behind a nerve-wracking 1-0 win over Nigeria.
Colombia Aim To Spring Surprise
Colombia surprised many soccer betting enthusiasts in group play and deservedly reach the R16. They opened their world finals bid with a 1-1 draw against Mexico before sending seismic shockwaves through the Women's World Cup betting markets with a 2-1 win over a highly fancied France in round 2. It's true they missed a huge opportunity in round 3 to complete the stunning group account, but they didn't miss by much in nerve-wracking 2-1 loss to England, one of the strongest defensive teams in these finals.
In any event, the Colombians finished with a 1-1-1 record and four points and reach the knockout stages by way of a third place finish. They showed their penchant for surprise in the group stage with a win over third ranked France, which suggests they shouldn't be taken for granted. Indeed, it marked one of the biggest upsets in the history of Women's World Cup action.
USA vs. Colombia Match Betting Tips
Predictably, USA enter this match as the favorites to win outright. However, the odds makers appear to have gone a touch over board with their odds as they are the prohibitive favorites at -700 soccer odds. In theory, those soccer odds make sense. In reality, it's not been a straightforward run for the Americans (as noted once already in this article). Offensively, they haven't exactly blown the opposition off the field and not until Abby Wambach scored against Nigeria had a forward scored for the Americans in these finals. That's not exactly encouraging. Defensively, the Americans have been very solid though, allowing just two goals in three games.
Colombia on the other hand is sound both offensively and defensively. What's more, they've shown some flair against European heavyweights, namely Lady Andrade who scored against both France and England. In spite of these valid dangerous floater credentials they are the absurd +1600 underdogs to mastermind the upset.
Of course, the obvious soccer pick in the minds of many soccer bettors is the USA to win outright. They are the tried, tested and true side and in recent years they've been a force to be reckoned with (runners-up in 2011 and 2012 Olympic gold medallists). Colombia is going to have their work cut out for them to mastermind the upset.
Yet, there's just something about these plucky underdogs that warrants consideration. If Australia can pull off the big upset over Brazil, the Colombians might fancy their chances too. It's a long shot soccer pick though, not for the fainthearted. What the hey, we're feeling bold.
Soccer Picks: Colombia +1600; Colombia +2.0 at +140 at Bet365; Both Teams to Score YES at +175