After nearly a month of thrilling soccer action, the finals are upon us late Sunday morning. To nobody’s surprise, it will again feature the powerhouse USWNT as they’ll look to defend the 2015 title against an upstart Netherlands side.
The Americans have endured their fair share of controversy so far in this tournament – mostly surrounding celebrations. This is a great team that possesses loads of skill and swagger, and when you are this good – it’s bound to rub some people the wrong way. In this blog, we’ve faded them in some spots, and though they were likely fortunate to escape England in the semi-finals, you can’t say their current position is undeserved. They can attack with the best of them.
This is why Sunday’s encounter should be so fascinating. The Dutch as well can also attack like few other. Vivianne Miedema has been one of the top players at France 2019, and they’ve been equally dominant of late. They’ve withstood every test that has been in their way and though they’re mostly known for elite skill when on the ball, their suffocating defense has been fascinating to watch. The Dutch have the ability to squeeze the ball from their opponents, and then attack with blistering pace on the counter. They are a great and upcoming squad, and should provide a worthy test for the Americans.
As you have been all month, read on below the odds for a more detailed look at how we expect the Finals to play out, as well as our official betting prediction for the clash. It should make for fascinating action between the Netherlands and the United States, in the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final. Enjoy the match!
Netherlands vs. USA Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-116)
Under 2.5 (-104)
Netherlands +1 (+109)
USA -1 (-129)
Netherlands to lift trophy (+375)
USA to lift trophy (-550)
Netherlands vs. USA Pick:
The biggest question mark for the USA heading into this pivotal final match is the status of star midfielder Megan Rapinoe. She sat out the semis vs. England, but many expect her it give it a go on Sunday morning. Rapinoe is a key cog in the centre of the pitch for the Americans, and though she is battling a nagging hamstring strain, the expectation is that she will try to play through it. Rapinoe is crucial to winning balls and distributing, but also scored all four of USA’s goals vs. both Spain and France in the knockout round.
For the Dutch, though the odds indicate they have no chance – I beg to differ. Frankly, it was surprising to see them as even bigger underdogs than England, and though they have one day less of rest, the Netherlands are capable of shocking the world. The Americans still really haven’t been tested defensively all tournament long. They were for a brief stretch last Tuesday vs. England, and they caved. They conceded a goal that was literally a half-inch offside, and then gave up a penalty moments later. Luckily for the USA, it was saved and they lived to tell the story. On Sunday against the Dutch, it may not be that easy.
The Netherlands have some of the most talented young players on the planet, and though many pundits figured 2023 would be their coming out party, the future is now for Dutch women’s soccer. Expect the Dutch to be very content to defend without the ball, waiting to pounce for a goal-scoring opportunity. This is how they have played all tournament long, and they are at their best when this is the case.
The Dutch have consistently been able to sit back, absorb pressure, and then create dangerous chances on the break. Stats show that they’ve averaged four per match, a high number – and one that could be even higher given the fact that the Americans are always supremely aggressive going forward. The U.S. isn’t shy about getting players toward goal, thus leaving them vulnerable and exposed at the back.
The Dutch have the quality to exploit this, and I think they will be able to. They are so quick out wide, and have an elite finisher in Miedema, who has scored 61 goals in 81 games for her country. For the Dutch girls to have a chance, they need to come out of the gate strong and avoid conceding early. The Americans have scored early in all of their matches so far, and forced their opponents to open up and chase the game. That isn’t the style of the Netherlands, and if they can prevent the Americans from finding the back of the net, the pressure will rise and it could leave them even more vulnerable to a dangerous counter-attack from the Dutch.
The Dutch enter a young, confident, and exuberant group. They weren’t expected to get here, but here they are. My bet is that the Dutch keep things very close throughout. I anticipate a back-and-forth contest with both teams scoring. With the attacking quality on display, it’d be hard to imagine both the Dutch and Americans don’t find the back of the net. Ultimately, the USA are just so tough to go against. Their pedigree, experience, depth separates them from any side, but expect the Dutch to frustrate and challenge the Americans. This seems like a 2-1 game that could require extra time. Netherlands +1 at plus-money should be a good wager, and offers us bettors security should the Dutch end up losing late by one goal. It has been an amazing tournament and I hope you all make money in the Finals!