The United States and the Netherlands are set to face off in the World Cup Final. In what should be a tremendous game, both teams possess firepower. Currently, most sportsbooks favor the United States on the moneyline at -275.
The United States is looking for its third straight World Cup win, while the Netherlands is looking for its first.
Look for the stars to show out on both sides
For the United States, they need to rely on their big stars if they want to win this matchup. For them, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe fit that description in particular. They have been great this World Cup, and I expect them to bring their best foot forward on Sunday.
Morgan scored a goal on Tuesday in the 31st minute as she continued to add to her World Cup resume. I’d expect her to be very active on Sunday and be involved in the game throughout.
Rapinoe has five goals and four assists in this World Cup, and she has undoubtedly been a force for them in this World Cup.
The Netherlands has a pair of strong scorers as well in Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema. Martens had to leave the team’s semifinal victory over Sweden with a toe injury, so how effective she’ll be is yet to be seen. Miedema is already the Netherlands’ all-time leading goal scorer at just 22.
Both sides need to play error-free
This kind of goes without saying, but both sides need to play smart. They cannot afford to make silly mistakes. These two are the type of teams that will be able to make you pay if you make a mistake.
The Netherlands, in particular, is a good passing team. They can move the ball quickly and efficiently. The United States will have to be efficient if they want to win this game. They need me to make sure they stay in front of their matchup defensively and not let any ball go through. This will be one of the tougher games they have had to play in the entire World Cup.
USA needs to get in its shots
According to multiple media reports, the Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal suffered a broken hand following their match against Sweden on Wednesday.
If I am the United States, I make sure that, if she is in the game, they test that hand. Shoot at the net and force her to make saves.
They do a good job of getting shots to the net already, but I would make sure it is a priority for them on Sunday.
Take the United States at -275 in this game. They have shown they can succeed on the world stage, and I expect them to be champions once again. Bet the United States in this one.