The United States women’s national soccer team is currently on a quest to repeat as World Cup Champions, and to this point they look every bit the part of a top-ranked team in the world. If their journey is to continue, however, they’ll have to go through the home team as the stakes get higher.
After winning Group F handily without allowing a goal and notching a thrilling 2-1 victory over Spain in the Round of 16, the USWNT will play host nation France in Paris on June 28 in the World Cup quarterfinals. From the very beginning of the tournament, the Americans have been favored to win the entire event, and very heavily favored to win each game.
The quarterfinal against France is expected to have similar results as oddsmakers see the USWNT advancing to the semifinals once again, but there is a difference between these games and all the others to this point. For the first time, players doing online sports betting in New Jersey are getting some value on the United States, according to the odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.
USWNT Sports Betting Favorites Vs. France At DraftKings Sportsbook
Despite being set for a virtual road game, the US team will meet France as betting favorites once again. According to World Cup odds from DraftKings, the USWNT is +118 on the three-way moneyline, which are far and away the most advantageous odds online sports betting players have seen to this point in the tournament.
As we can see, the three-way moneyline refers to having options for either team to win or the match being a draw at the end of 90 minutes plus injury time. Extra time would not be counted in this type of soccer bet.
Because the games only become more difficult as the World Cup progresses, there’s a chance bettors want to just select the USWNT to advance, regardless of how long the game goes. If NJ sports betting players want to take a safer wagering route and remove the draw, the line on the USWNT advancing to the semifinals is currently -167. The loss of value may be hard to swallow for some, but the safety net of the US winning in extra time or penalties could be worth it.
USWNT Seeing Heavy Action From Sports Betting Players In New Jersey
From the start of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, bettors in New Jersey have been wagering heavily on the USWNT in each and every game. The combination of bettors in the United States wanting to wager on their home country and the USWNT being the favorite has triggered some lopsided betting splits. The final game of group play against Sweden saw 95 percent of the handle and 93 percent of the three-way bets on the American side on the DraftKings Sportsbook app. The one-sided betting splits continued to the Round of 16 matchup with Spain, when the USWNT received a staggering 98 percent of the money and 96 percent of wagers on the three-way moneyline (Regular Time only).
With the United States now plus-money for the game against Spain, it appears likely we could see more of the same in the quarterfinal meeting with France.Considering how many bettors have been willing to lay serious juice on the American team, that figures to be a popular bet now that there’s now much more value since the USWNT is playing a much stronger opponent.
USWNT Still Favorites To Win 2019 Women’s World Cup Title
The USWNT has reached the Women’s World Cup final is each of the last two tournaments, including a win in 2015 tournament. Throw in them still being the No. 1 team in the world, and there is no surprise that they’re the favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook to win the title again.
Women’s World Cup futures odds on the United States started at +350 at DraftKings, level with upcoming opponent France as the team with the lowest odds. Every step of the way, sports betting players in New Jersey have continued to pile on the wagers. As of June 21, 89 percent of futures action was on US as the line dropped to +180. Following the victory over spain, US is currently +150 on DraftKings sportsbook.
If the USWNT is able to secure the result they aim for against France in the quarterfinals, online sports bettors on platforms DraftKings are only going to see the line drop even more. Something tells us, however, that no matter where the odds go regarding the United States in the World Cup, bettors will likely still take their chances with the Americans.