We have arrived at the final stage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and history is already in the making for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team.
After allowing zero goals in the group stage and notching 18 of its own, the USWNT cut through the knockout rounds to became the first country to reach three straight Women’s World Cup finals (2011, 2015, 2019.) The Americans are aiming to be the first since Germany (2003, 2007) to win consecutive Women’s World Cup titles, and area heavy betting favorites to do so at all the best NJ sportsbooks, including DraftKings. The championship match is set for Sunday afternoon in Lyon against a powerful Netherlands club that is also undefeated to this point in the tournament.
How The USWNT Reached The 2019 Women’s World Cup Final
The United States carved through Group F play, winning all three games by a combined 18-0 score. After gaining all the goal differential room one club could ever need with a 13-0 win over Thailand, a 3-0 victory over Chile and a suffocating 2-0 win over Sweden followed to close out the group stage and set up the knockout round.
In the quarterfinals, an early goal allowed had the USWNT locked into a tight match with Spain before Megan Rapinoe’s second penalty kick of the night put the Americans ahead for good in the 75th minute. The United States was forced to show its resilience yet again versus a world-class opponent in England during the semifinals, this time notching two first-half goals to take a 2-1 lead into the break. From there, the defensive clamps were put on the Lionesses until an incredible penalty-shot save by Alyssa Naeher in the 84th minute was needed to propel the defending champions through the final moments and into the final.
Among those who have taken in the entire tournament, little is left to the imagination as it is all laid out in front of you. The USWNT is the best women’s soccer team on the planet, and the 2019 Women’s World Cup has proven that each step of the way. The odds from DraftKings tell the same story as the United States walks in with expectations of lifting the trophy.
World Cup Odds: USWNT Heavily Favored In Women’s World Cup Final
The USWNT may be just one win away from its second consecutive Women’s World Cup title, but finding value on them at this stage is tricky. According to DraftKings, the defending champions are heavy betting favorites, as they have been in each individual game of the tournament.
On the three-way moneyline, which includes draws and only accounts for the first 90 minutes plus injury time, The USWNT is -250 to take home the trophy while a tie in regular time offers a rather large +375 payout and a victory for the Netherlands pays +700. While there isn’t much value in the heavy favorite, it is worth noting that the United States have not needed extra time to secure a victory in the knockout stage to this point, which has led to oddsmakers leaning in that direction once again going into the championship match.
On DraftKings Sportsbook, the Americans began the tournament as favorites to win at +350, but their dominance drained value from that line with each passing game. Prior to the quarterfinal matchup against host nation France, the odds were still somewhat palatable at +150. Once the United States advanced to the semifinals, they were -134 to take home the trophy. In Sunday’s final, the USWNT are -500 (including extra time and penalties) to lift the trophy and further cement its legacy as a modern international soccer dynasty.
The way we see it, this is the USWNT’s World Cup title to lose. This victory can be had in regular time -250, but because the current odds don’t pay out so well, we’ve done the research to find Women’s World Cup final picks that actually provide some value to bettors who want to cheer on the Americans.
Value Plays On USWNT In Women’s World Cup Final
- USWNT First Half Moneyline (-121)
The United States has played six matches to this point, and scored in the first half in all of them. In only one of them has the USWNT not led at the midway point (Spain), and the stage could be set for some more early scoring in the final. With the United States getting out to fast starts and the Netherlands not being an offensive juggernaut, there is some value on -121 for the first half only.
- USWNT Win 1st Half/Full Time (-103)
If NJ sports betting players are thinking the USWNT will be in-form from the start, then why stop at just a halftime bet? A little bit of value gets added on when combining the Americans to be leading at half and winning the match in full time (this only covers 90 minutes plus injury time).
- Alex Morgan To Score (+123)
It is more than possible that Morgan ends up winning or sharing the Golden Boot crown for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. She’s tied with England’s Ellen White with six goals to this point and one ahead of teammate Megan Rapinoe. Assuming Morgan is a focal point of the offense as she’s been in every match, one more goal could seal the deal depending on whether White nets a goal in the consolation game.
- Total Goals Under 2.5 (-103)
The USWNT has won three straight matches 2-1, which screams over 2.5 (-127), but we think defense rules the day after some fluky bounces inflated those totals. The Netherlands, though offensively gifted, played a close-knit semifinal with Sweden, scoring in extra time to secure a 1-0 victory and the same defensive tactics can be expected against the Americans with the Dutch hoping to keep the USWNT off the scoreboard. For this reason, we like the under 2.5, which in our minds means a United States victory of 1-0 or 2-0, if not a 1-1 draw going into extra time.