A rivalry that began 243 years ago will be renewed on the soccer pitch this afternoon.
The United States vs. England women’s soccer teams will meet today in their semi-final matchup in Lyon, France at 3 p.m. ET., and the winner advances to the 2019 Women’s World Cup final.
USWNT, a 3-time cup champion, is heavily favored over England’s Lionesses, which aims to reach the finals for the first time.
The United States is clearly the stronger team, advancing to the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup all eight times since the tournament launched.
The latest betting odds show the USA is a -149 money line favorite to win, according to Mybookie, which means you risk $149 to win $100.
England is +329, which may be worth the risk since Neville is known for instilling high confidence in his team; the draw is +262 and the over and under for goals at 2.5.
This won’t be an easy task for head coach Phil Neville, who is also the co-owner of Salford City, but he expects to execute his strategy effectively to rattle the USA. towards an “L.”
Neville is well prepared for the USWNT, and the last time these two teams played against one another was in Nashville on March 2, resulting in a 2-2 draw.
Now the USWNT have high hopes to make history again and defend its World Cup title by defeating No. 3 ranked England.
Based on stats for the two teams, the US women’s team has dominated the sport for quite some time, losing just one game against France in the last two years.
The Americans have a strong goalkeeper, Alyssa Naeher, who has made eight saves through five games. Other noteworthy players are Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, who are fierce competitors with five goals.
But England’s defensive skills are nothing to overlook as the Lionesses allowed just one goal. And you can’t forget England’s impressive 3-0 victory over Norway in the 2019 World Cup quarterfinals, with a 7-3 advantage in shots and finished the game with a lead in corner kicks, tackles and blocks.
Although, based on the sportsbooks, USA’s betting odds to win look promising, Neville has been preparing for this match in the Women’s World Cup since he took the job as head coach. Now it’s up to the sports bettors to decide. Let’s see if he can lead his team to an upset win today.