This year’s Women’s World Cup will take place from New Zealand and Australia. It’s just hours away from kicking off with New Zealand taking on Norway at 3 AM EST tomorrow. The next game will begin just a few hours later with Australia facing off against Ireland at 6 AM EST.
The US won’t play until Friday when they take on Vietnam. The Americans, led by veterans Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, are favored to win their third straight women’s World Cup and their 5th ever.
USWNT Looks To Three Peat With Younger Squad
The USWNT have won the last two versions of this tournament after losing in a penalty shootout to Japan in the final of the previous one. This US team will be returning a few key players from the 2019 team but they’ll have a much younger roster then prior World Cups.
In the 2019 World Cup Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan each scored a competition high, six goals. Rapinoe took home the Golden Boot over Morgan, having played in fewer minutes over the course of the tournament. Rapinoe, 38, will be playing in her last World Cup, while Morgan, 34, could be playing in her last one as well. They each are faces of US women’s soccer.
Sophia Smith is a player to watch for the US team. Smith is a member of the Portland Thorns in the NWSL and is the league’s leading goal scorer this season, with 10 goals. Smith, 22, is the headliner in the US women’s youth movement and is hoping to make a splash in her first World Cup appearance.
Trinity Rodman, daughter of former Chicago Bulls Center Dennis Rodman, will likely be starting alongside Smith. Rodman, 21, is a forward and will be playing in her first women’s World Cup. She scored twice as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Wales in what was the USWNT last friendly match before the World Cup.
Rose Lavelle will anchor the team’s midfield. Lavelle, 28, will be making her second World Cup appearance. She was a breakout star for the US in the 2019 World Cup, scoring three goals including one in the World Cup Final.
FIFA Women’s World Cup Odds, Courtesy of FanDuel
England has the second best odds to win this year’s women’s World Cup. The Lady Lionesses were eliminated in the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2015 and 2019. Keira Walsh, 26, will be leading the way for her side, looking to build on their 2022 1st place finish at the Euros.
Australia is one of the hosts of this year’s World Cup and is among the favorites to win the tournament. The Aussies are grouped with Ireland, Nigeria, and Canada. Sam Kerr is their star and is arguably the best player in women’s soccer. Kerr had a four goal performance in a group stage game against Jamaica in the 2019 World Cup.
Further down the list the Netherlands have the 8th best odds to win the women’s World Cup, at +2300. The Dutch women made the final in 2019, only to be ousted by the Americans, 2-0. This time they’ll be in a group with the US. One that also includes Portugal and Vietnam. The US and the Netherlands are each heavily favored to advance to the knockout stages.
FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Boot Winner, Courtesy of Caesars
|Alex Morgan (USA)
|Sophia Smith (USA)
|Esther Gonzales (ESP)
|Rachel Daly (ENG)
|Alexandra Popp (GER)
|Sam Kerr (AUS)
The US women lead the way in the Golden Boot odds. Alex Morgan is the favorite but Sophia Smith is a popular Golden Boot pick. Smith has scored in four consecutive NWSL matches, including a hat trick in her last one. Trinity Rodman has the next best odds for the US, at +1800.
The 2019 Golden Boot winner, Megan Rapinoe, is further down the list at +3000. This is largely to do with her being 38 years old and only having one goal in the NWSL this season.
When it comes to winning the Golden Boot award, it’s critical you’re playing for a good team. Sam Kerr finished as a runner up for this award in 2019, largely because her country was unable to make it past the Round of 16. Kerr is tied for the 3rd best odds this time around.
What’s most important is lifting the women’s World Cup trophy on August 20th. The American women will have a favorable start on their journey to doing so. They’ll be -20000 favorites vs Vietnam on Friday. In other words, bet $20 on the US to win a dime. If you decide to wager on the young, talented USWNT group, let it be to win the title. They’ve shown time and time again that they’re capable of doing so.