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Women’s World Cup Final Match odds (As of July 4)

USA: 1.30
Draw: 4.10
Netherlands: 7.00

The matchup is set.

The USA will face the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, and will do so as sizable favourites with odds of 1.30 at to win the match, as they look to defend their world title.

Four years ago in Vancouver, the USA got off to a quick start, stunning Japan early on the way to a decisive 5-2 victory in the final. This year in France, the Red, White and Blue opened the tournament with a 13-0 win over Thailand and rolled through the group stage, asserting themselves as the clear favourites in this event.

The knockout stage, however, hasn’t been nearly as easy.

The USA has been tested at every turn in the elimination round. They also haven’t backed down, with a strong combination of brilliant skill and depth throughout their lineup, each time passing those tests from feisty challengers in Spain, France and England, and each time doing so by scores of 2-1.

They did so in the semifinal without Megan Rapinoe in their lineup, while goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made a critical stop on a penalty kick in the second half with England pressing for the equalizer.

Rapinoe sat out the semifinal with a hamstring issue but indicated she’d be ready for Sunday’s final.

Now the USA faces the Netherlands in the final.

It would count as a massive upset if the Netherlands could knock off the USA on Sunday, with their odds to win the match currently 7.00 at as of Thursday morning.

This is unfamiliar territory for the Netherlands in women’s soccer.

While the Netherlands are the reigning European champions in women’s soccer, they have never been to the final of the Women’s World Cup – until now. They’ll share the biggest stage with a team that is not only the defending champs, but playing in its third consecutive final at this competition.

Despite some perhaps anxious moments here and there in the knockout stage, the strength of the USA has pushed them through to victory each time. How will the Netherlands react against such a dominant squad once Sunday’s match finally gets underway?

Will they break free from the pressure of the moment and challenge the USA? Or, will we encounter what we did four years ago in Vancouver, where the U.S. simply overwhelmed their opponent early and cruised to victory without even a hint of drama?

Pundits don’t seem to be giving the Netherlands much of a chance entering this match.

The Netherlands haven’t blown any other teams away in this tournament – their highest-scoring game was a 3-1 win over Cameroon in the group stage – but they also haven’t given up a goal since late in the first half of their Round of 16 match with Japan.

It will, however, be a tall order to simply limit the USA attack, never mind keep that side off the score sheet entirely.

Alex Morgan – whose goal celebration against England in the semifinal wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea – is the favourite to score the first goal of the match with odds of 3.70 at, followed by her teammate Megan Rapinoe with odds of 3.80.

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