USA vs Netherlands: 2019 Women's World Cup Final Betting Tips

Martin Green

Thursday, July 4, 2019 8:56 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 8:56 PM UTC

The impressive Americans should vanquish the Dutch...
<div><h2>USA v Netherlands</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="USA v Netherlands"><strong>Sunday, July 7, at Parc Olympique Lyonnais</strong></a></p><h2>Form Guide</h2><p>The Americans are the reigning world champions and they began their title defence in sensational fashion when they battered Thailand 13-0. It was a record-breaking victory and it sounded out a huge statement of intent to the rest of the teams at this tournament. They followed it up with a 3-0 victory against Chile and a 2-0 win over Sweden to breeze into the knockout stages of the tournament. The USA then overcame a goalkeeping howler from Alssa Naeher to beat Spain 2-1 in the last 16, with a brace from Megan Rapinoe seeing them through to the quarter-finals.</p><p>Rapinoe scored twice again in the quarters to put hosts France to the sword. Les Bleus were the pre-tournament joint favourites along with the USA, but they were ultimately no match for the Americans. Rapinoe was surprisingly left on the bench in the semi-final against England, but she was not missed too greatly as they beat England 2-1. It was a tight, tense game, and Steph Houghton missed a late penalty for the Lionesses, but the USA ultimately prevailed. They have made no friends this tournament, accused of arrogance and disrespect by several rivals, but they keep marching on and they are now on the brink of a second consecutive world title.</p><p>The Netherlands are also unbeaten in this tournament, having beaten New Zealand, Cameroon and Canada to coast through to the round of 16. They secured a tricky clash with Japan – the 2011 champions and 2015 runners-up – but prevailed courtesy of a stoppage time penalty from Lieke Mertens. They beat Italy 2-0 in the quarter-finals and then edged a tight semi-final showdown with Sweden thanks to Jackie Groenen’s extra-time winner. That could leave them somewhat fatigued for the final, but they will surely raise their game against the Americans.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Alex Morgan is the star of the show for the USA and she has already banged in six goals at this tournament. That makes her the joint top scorer along with England’s Ellen White, and she will bid to seize the Golden Boot in the final. Rapinoe has five goals to her name, and Jill Ellis has a big decision on her hands over whether to start the dynamic forward. Her replacement, Christen Press, scored against England and acquitted herself well against Lucy Bronze, causing a nice selection headache for the manager.</p><p>Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema is the focal point of the Dutch attack, while Mertens is also a strong attacking talent. The Dutch are technically astute, but they were never among the favourites to win this tournament and they are clear underdogs as we head into the finals. They will need a huge performance from Arsenal goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal and defensive duo Stefanie van der Gragt of Barcelona and Dominique Bloodworth of Wolfsburg if they are to prevail.</p><p><strong>Top Betting Tip: <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Coral">USA to win and over 1.5 goals at 1.80 (4/5) with Coral</a></strong></p></div>
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