Friday 28 June: 8pm KO
There’s always one match in any major football tournament that grabs the attention of everyone. In this 2019 Women’s World Cup, it’s this quarter-final between the host nation France and the defending champions and world number one ranked team, the USA.
The USA have long dominated the world of women’s football. Their list of achievements are frightening and fans must wonder why their male counterparts aren’t so good at this game they call soccer. While the men’s team failed to qualify for the World Cup last year, their female team are in France defending their world title. You can get odds of 13/8 (2.61) at Ladbrokes on them doing just that.
This is a team that has never failed to make the semi-finals of a Women’s World Cup. They are 7/10 (1.7) with Coral to qualify for the last four. USA have won this tournament on three previous occasions and four Olympic Gold medals. You have to go back to 2011 for the last time they lost a game in this tournament and that was to Japan in a penalty shoot-out. If you think this quarter final will be decided in that manner, William Hill will give you 12/1 (13.0) on either team winning on penalties.
The Americans got off to a record-breaking start in this tournament with a 13-0 thrashing of Thailand. They showed little mercy in that fixture and followed it with a 3-0 victory over Chile. Their final group fixture produced another win with Sweden beaten 2-0. That win meant that the USA had won seven games in a row, all with clean sheets. You can get odds of 14/5 (3.4) on them to win this game to nil.
They did finally concede a goal in their last 16 game. Their early lead was wiped out by a Spanish equalizer but the USA went on to win 2-1. Their current unbeaten run is 13 games but who are the only team to have beaten them since July 2017? It just happens to be France who won a friendly match in January of this year. That win gives the French some hope but It’s USA who are the 13/10 (2.3) favourites at BetVictor to win this match.
A record crowd for a women’s match in France is expected to attend this game. The French side are ranked fourth in the world, dropping down from third after England won the SheBelieves Cup. They are taking part in their fourth Women’s World Cup finals and their best result was a fourth place finish in 2011. The French dreams of reaching their first ever final were wrecked by the USA who beat them 3-1. France are 11/5 (3.4) at Paddy Power to win this match in 90 minutes.
They have been impressive so far in this tournament and opened with a 4-0 win over South Korea. That was followed by a 2-1 win over Norway (who they could meet in the semi-finals) and a 2-1 win over Nigeria. Winning Group A took them into a last 16 meeting with Brazil. They won that game 2-1 after the score was level at 1-1 after 90 minutes. At Betfair you can get odds of 23/10 (3.3) on this game being a draw after 90 minutes.
France have won their last nine matches (extra-time included) with only one defeat in the last 19 games. A trip to Betway will see you receiving odds of 11/10 (2.1) on them qualifying for the semi-final where England or Norway await.
France beat the USA in a friendly match earlier this year. That extended their unbeaten record against the American team to three games after a 3-0 win and 1-1 draw in the 2017 and 2018 SheBelieves Cups.
No major injury worries reported.
Renard on Target?
Wendie Renard (pictured on the left above) scored for France in each of their three group games. She migh not want to be reminded of one of them as it was an own-goal against Norway. Renard is 6/1 (7.0) at SkyBet to score in this match, but for her team this time.
This is undoubtedly the match of the tournament so far. France have home advantage and a recent win over the USA. It wasn’t the strongest line-up fielded by the USA that evening though. A bet on the Americans to win in 90 minutes with both teams scoring has odds of 19/5 (5.8) at 888sport.