England vs USA (By: Dajkula)
England will face the USA in the semi-final of the Women`s World cup. Both teams played in semis of the last World cup but the USA ultimately won it while England lost to Japan.
So, both teams have the experience for this level but the USA is, of course, with 3 Champions titles, the best team in the world. Twice, they won it when playing on the American continent.
But, the English are investing a lot in women`s football. They are an important factor in the UEFA Champions League and two players – Bronze and Duggan were playing in the finale. Most of the players are playing in the domestic league which is improving. The coach Phill Neville is doing a great job and is leading this team with emotion. This will be a great stepping stone to the EPL for him.
England has been probably the most effective team so far. They had some problems in the opening stages but have improved as the tournament progressed. They won over Japan with 2:0, Cameroon 3:0 and Norway with 3:0. They press high and fight for every ball. Bronze, Houghton, Parris, and White have been carrying the team excellent. White has been unstoppable in front of goal.
The USA played well this tournament but is far from impressive. There are lapses in their defense but the opponents haven`t had the resolve to take advantage. France was probably the closest but they had some bad luck conceding early and started to put on the pressure too late. Still, the USA wasn`t convincing at the back and if the judge called for the clear penalty, they maybe wouldn`t have been here. They struggled against Spain as well and only the two penalties decided the winner. Rapinoe is in form lately but again, she isn`t a real striker. I assume the USA will again be the most dangerous from the wings where Rapinoe and Heath are creating havoc. But, there is no proper release as the lovely Alex Morgan is far from any kind of form. She scored against Thailand but has shown nothing since. There are areas England can exploit.
England has had some success against the USA lately. From the last three matches played they won 1, drew 1 and lost 1. The most recent was a 2:2 draw in the states.
I believe England has chances to keep this game level for a long time and score the winning goal.
Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Stokes; Walsh, Parris, Scott; Kirby, Duggan, White
Naeher; O'Hara, Dahlkemper, Sauerbrunn, Dunn; Lavelle, Ertz, Mewis, Heath; Morgan, Rapinoe
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England vs USA betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Dajkula).