USA (6-0-0) vs. Netherlands (6-0-0)
Sunday, July 7, 2019, 10:00 AM EST
Soccer Odds: USA -250, Netherlands +650, Draw +350
Recommended Soccer Picks: Netherlands +650
How USA reached the final
USA booked their spot in the final following a narrow, gut wrenching victory over England. https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/wwc-semifinals-usa-vs-england/90880/ It was a stoic performance by the three-time champions, edging the Lionesses 2-1 with goals from Christen Press and Alex Morgan. The latter of which saw Morgan raise an offensive pinky figure that had the online media awash with fresh criticism of the USWNT.
The USWNT have lived up to pre-tournament expectations, underscoring their favourite odds to win outright with an unblemished run. They clinched top spot in group action with a perfect 3-0-0 mark, scoring 18 goals and conceding none. In the knockouts, they’ve added to that tally with six goals scored and three goals conceded in the knockouts – a 2-1 win over Spain in the R16, a 2-1 win over France in the quarterfinals and a 2-1 win over England in the semis.
How Netherlands reached the final
Netherlands arrive in their first-ever World Cup final after beating Sweden in the semis 1-0. It was a nervy affair that went 90 minutes without a goal forthcoming from either side. In extra time, Jackie Groenen scored the winning goal in the 99th minute.
Netherlands were amongst the middle of the pack in terms of outright odds to win the tournament. One could say, they’ve punched above their weight class to reach the ultimate match. However, it shouldn’t be all that surprising given they are the European champions, having lifted the trophy two years ago at the expense of England and Sweden, amongst other contenders.
L’Orange clinched top spot in group play with a perfect 3-0-0 mark, scoring six goals and conceding 2. In the knockouts, they’ve scored five goals and conceded just once. In the R16, Netherlands upset a favoured Japan 2-1. In the quarterfinals, they dismissed Italy 2-0 and in the semis they edged Sweden 1-0.
Match Betting Preview, Odds and Tips Naturally, pedigree and championship credentials sees USA enter this final match as the massive favourites to win outright. USA are runaway favourites at -550 to lift the trophy, while debutants Netherlands are priced at +350 to lift the trophy. (Odds courtesy of Bet365).
Match betting markets continue on this vein of generous favouritism. USA is priced as the -250 favourite to win the match in 90 minutes, while a double chance bet USA to win or draw in 90 minutes is priced at -1000. USA to win in extra time is priced at a more tempting +900, while a victory on penalties is offered at + 1600 for USA. (Odds courtesy of Bet365).
Clearly, USA are expected to win this match according to bookies. This being the most eagerly awaited matchup in the World Cup final, however, the USWNT can’t take anything for granted. They may be the preeminent force of the women’s game at the international level, but the Dutch have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
As the underdogs, Netherlands cut a fine figure. They’ve had to work hard in the tournament to reach their first-ever final and have dispatched worthy opponents, including former champions and 2015 runners-up Japan.
Indeed, this matchup has the potential to be a classic. A mighty tussle that Netherlands could very well win, even if they are the long shot punt at +650 to win in 90 minutes. The Dutch haven’t conceded in their last two games, and if they dictate play the same way, their solid defense could give the USA offensive line fits.
If there is one concern for the Dutch side, it’s they’re coming into the final on one day less rest and after playing 120 minutes in the semis. USA is a challenge alone, never mind having to overcome fatigue.
Over the course of the knockouts, the USA haven’t had it easy as well. They’ve conceded in every single game, and they’ve been pushed to the brink in all three fixtures. Indeed, all three fixtures have resulted in a 2-1 score line. If this trend holds true, the OVER 2.5 at -125 may be the smart bet. As well, betting on a 2-1 score line is offered at an attractive +650.
For the Dutch, the idea that the American defense isn’t impassable could give them room for optimism – to make a fist it of it. Their defense will need to be vigilant though. The Americans have gotten off to fast starts in each game – scoring in the first 15 minutes of every game (12, 11, 3, 7, 5 and 10). If they can snuff the American offense, they’ll have a punters chance.
In summary, anything can happen in the beautiful game of football. An undisputed heavyweight taking on a plucky challenger only adds to the drama and to the universal appeal for the potential upset. [Insert dramatic shiver].
Everything about this game favours the Americans to clinch a fourth World Cup title. That said, with a little bit of luck, great tactics and cool heads, the Dutch could very well shock the Americans and send seismic shockwaves through soccer betting markets. What the hey, let’s paint the town orange. we’re shading the Dutch on our soccer picks. Fortune favours the brave, so they say.