Sunday 7 July: 4pm KO
Live on BBC 1
The United States of America are having one heck of a week. Firstly a semi-final win over England, then it’s Independence Day on Thursday. How better to end the week by winning the Women’s World Cup with a victory over .
Only Germany have been successful in retaining the Women’s World Cup. That record will be equalled if the USA can defeat the Netherlands to win this cup for the second time in a row. You can get odds of 2/9 (1.22) at Sportingbet on them lifting the trophy on Sunday.
The USA are bidding to win this tournament for the fourth time in their history, no other side has won it more than twice. The last time they lost a Women’s World Cup match was back in 2011. That was a penalty shoot-out defeat by Japan. It’s 7/1 (8.0) at Bet365 that this final is decided in this manner. If that is the case, the odds on the USA winning it are 12/1 (13.0) at William Hill.
The American side have won all of their games in this tournament. Their campaign began with that record-breaking 13-0 win over Thailand. Since then they have beaten Chile, Sweden, Spain, France and of course England. Those wins take their run of consecutive victories to 12, will it be a lucky 13 on Sunday? Paddy Power will give you 4/9 (1.44) on them beating the Netherlands in 90 minutes.
Where the Americans will have a major advantage in this final is their sheer experience. Eight of their squad have won over 100 international caps with Carli Lloyd having won a staggering 280. She’s likely to come on as a second-half sub for what must surely be her last World Cup match.
The USA haven’t just won three Women’s World Cups. They also have four Olympic Gold Medals eight CONCACAF titles, ten Algarve Cups and two wins in the SheBelieves Cup. 12 of their squad are aged 30 and over, so this tournament or next years Olympic Games might be a swansong for several of their squad. What is certain is that this is a team in form and full of knowledge in how to win big finals.
America aren’t the only team trying to equal a record. The Netherlands are the current European Champions and only Germany have held the European and World titles simultaneously. They are 13/2 (7.5) at Betfair to beat the USA in 90 minutes.
Whereas the USA have been enjoying success in women’s football for over 20 years, their opponents are relative newcomers to tournament finals. Despite first playing international football in the 1970s, it wasn’t until 2009 they made it to their first European Championship finals finishing third.
They had to wait until 2015 for their first appearance in the Women’s World Cup finals, losing in the last 16. Two years later though, they became European Champions and their golden age began. Including extra-time and penalties, the Netherlands have won their last nine internationals. It’s 7/2 (4.5) at Unibet that they lift the trophy on Sunday.
Their only previous meeting was in 2016 when the USA won a home friendly against them 3-1. The odds on both teams scoring in this game are 6/5 (2.2) if placing your wager with SkyBet.
Most interest will be on whether Megan Rapinoe will start this game for the USA. She was only on the subs bench for the semi-final against England and didn’t make it onto the field of play.
Perhaps 2-1 Again
Each of the last three USA games have ended in a -2-1 scoreline after 90 minutes play. The odds on another 2-1 victory for the Americans are 8/1 (9.0) at BetVictor.
Both of these teams have been unbeaten throughout this tournament. The world champs take on the European champions but with a massive gap in experience. The Netherlands have a much younger squad than their opponents and have had plenty of success in recent years. America though know just how to adapt to these massive occasions, a bet on them to win and to be leading at both half and full time has odds of 5/4 (2.25) at Ladbrokes.