England vs USA World Cup Semifinals Picks 7/2/2019
Women's World Cup
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Stade des Lumieres
England will head to Stade des Lumieres when they face the United States on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in a Women's World Cup matchup. The opening line for this game has England priced at +247 and the U.S. coming in at -109. The bet for a draw is +223.
On Tuesday afternoon, England will be facing United States in the semifinals of the 2019 World Cup in a game that will feature two of the most talented teams in the world. The English made it this far in the tournament after sweeping their group and then easily defeating Cameroon and Norway. It's been a similar progression through the rounds for the Americans, who have outscored their opponents 22-2 so far. The United States will be the slight favorites going into this semifinal matchup.
Many people thought that England would struggle against the tough Norwegian defense, but they were no match for the excellent English attack. Head coach Phil Neville has his team looking nearly unstable right now, but he'll know that their toughest matchup will come on Tuesday. It will be interesting to see if he continues to use an aggressive approach or if he instead has his team sit back a bit and use more from a counterattacking strategy.
Key Players for England:
Ellen White - The veteran forward will once again be England's main attacking threat. She has scored four goals in her last three games, including in the win last round against Norway, and she is now tied for the tournament lead in goals scored with five. She may struggle to find good chances against the United States, but White is the player to keep an eye on every time England is able to push forward.
Millie Bright - The 25-year-old central defender is one to watch because she plays at a key defensive position and will be facing the top attacking team in the world. She has played fantastically so far in this tournament, especially when defending crosses and corners, but she could struggle against the Americans' speed players up front.
The number one ranked Americans didn't dominate France in the quarterfinals, but they did earn their 2-1 win. One worry that head coach Jill Ellis will have going into this matchup against England, though is that her team is starting to allow their opponents to get a lot of shots off. France took 20 shots (5 on goal), which is far more than the Americans usually allow. If they don't do better with possession and buckle down defensively against England, they could struggle in this one.
Key Players for the U.S.:
Megan Rapinoe - Rapinoe has hit the next gear at the perfect time for her team. She has scored four of her five goals in the last two games, tying her with Ellen White and Alex Morgan atop the leaderboard. She's also been excellent when it comes to her distribution, contributing three assists and plenty more chances for her teammates.
Becky Sauerbrunn - This is the third trip to the semifinals of the World Cup for Sauerbrunn, so she can definitely handle the pressure. She'll once again be stationed in the middle of the United States defense, which has looked a bit shaky the last couple of games. If she plays well in this game and shuts down England's attackers through the middle, the Americans will have a great chance to move on.
Who will win tonight's England/USA World Cup game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take USA -109
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