The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is the eighth edition of the competition and has been a fantastic advertisement for Women’s football. This is a great step for the future of Women’s football with a large number of viewing figures around the world. You only have to look to England, in which the dramatic semi-final defeat to USA saw almost 12 million people tune in watch the Lionesses’. This meant it became the most watched TV show of the year.
France have hosted the competition meaning this is the third time it has taken place in Europe. The United States entered the competition as the defending champions after winning the 2015 edition in Canada. They have also now reached the final and will start as the strong favourites with punters using the latest roulette strategies in order to help boost their stakes to support them. This sees them face off against the Netherlands, who progressed through to the final following the extra time winner against Sweden. So how have the United States progressed through to the final as they head in as the general 4/9 favourites, in which the Netherlands can be supported at 6/1.
The defending champions started the defence in Group F against Sweden, Chile and Thailand. They progressed through with maximum points, whilst also scoring 18 goals and not conceding a goal. This started with a 13-0 victory over Thailand, in which they produced 40 shots over the 90 minutes. The United States then followed this up with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Chile, with Chile failing to produce a single shot on target. The final game in the group saw them beat Sweden 2-0 in another impressive display.
The United States then faced Spain in the round of 16, in what turned out to be a very close encounter with both sides failing to create many clear cut chances. The U.S won the game 2-1 as Megan Rapinoe scored twice from the spot. This meant they were drawn against hosts France in the quarter finals. This was expected to be a close game as both sides had started as the pre-tournament favourites. This turned out to be the case with the home side controlling the possession and creating the most chances. Despite this the United States won the game 2-1, with France picking up a late consolation goal.
The semi-final game with England as mentioned turned out to be a fantastic game as the United States progressed through 2-1, with England missing a late penalty and having a goal ruled out due to VAR. It was a very close game as both teams will have felt they deserved to progress through the final inside the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, in a memorable night for Women’s football.