We waited long enough for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and it was definitely worth it, especially for soccer betting fans. USA and Sweden have lived up to expectations and are one victory away from meeting again in the Grand Finale. First, they need to beat Canada and Australia, who defeated two other powerhouses in the Round of 8.
Let’s take a look at the latest news, stats, injury reports, and the Olympics Soccer Women Odds for both games. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider!
Olympics Women’s Soccer Betting Lines
USA vs Canada
Location: Ibaraki Stadium, Kashima, Japan
Time: Monday, Aug. 2, 4 a.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports
|USA||-½ -155||-155||2½ -125o||1½ -145o/+115u|
|Canada||+½ +125||+425||2½ -105u||½ -160o/+130u|
Why bet on USA?
USA started the tournament with a painful loss to Sweden. Nevertheless, a 6-1 victory over New Zealand and a goalless draw against Australia allowed them to recover some confidence. Also, to advance to the Quarterfinals after finishing in second place five points behind Sweden.
Most recently, they defeated Netherlands in a thrilling penalty shootout (4-2) after the game ended 2-2. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was the hero after blocking three penalties, one during the game and two during the shootout.
“There’s no one else I’d rather have in the net than her. She’s saved us so many times,” said midfielder Rose Lavelle about Naeher.
USA’s roster is full of stars, including Lavelle, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Julie Ertz. All of them are proven winners, know how to handle the pressure, and are eager to keep rewriting history.
With head coach Vlatko Andonovski in charge, the team’s 23-1-3. Those numbers intimidate any rival.
Speaking of their rival, they’ll face a team they’ve never lost against. USA leads the all-time series 27-4-0 with 76 goals for and 16 against. This will be the third time they meet in the Olympic games, USA won 2-1 in 2008 and 4-3 in 2012.
Why Bet on Canada?
Yes, Canada has never beaten USA, but there’s always a first time, right? They finished the Group Stage unbeaten with a 1-2-0 record, good enough to advance in second place behind Great Britain.
They scored at least one goal in three of their four matches. Most recently, they defeated Brazil in another thrilling penalty shootout (4-3) after the game ended 0-0. Brazil scored nine goals during the Group Stage, which means Canada’s defensive unit did a great job.
Adriana Leon, Janine Beckie and Christine Sinclair have been sensational. Beckie leads the team in scoring with two goals. Playing for Manchester City has allowed her to develop a unique style and a lot of character.
All the pressure will be on the USA’s shoulders. Expect a close one, both will score.
Score Prediction: USA 2, Canada 1
Pick: Over 2½ (-125)
Australia vs Sweden
Location: Yokohama International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan
Time: Monday, Aug. 2, 7 a.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports
|Australia||+1 -135||+425||2½ -140o||½ -190o/+155u|
|Sweden||-1 +105||-160||2½ +110u||1½ -150o/+120u|
Sweden was also among the favorites to win the gold medal from the start. They remain unbeaten with a 3-1-0 record, 12 goals for and three against. No other team has scored more goals than them.
Most recently, they defeated Japan (3-1) in the Round of 8. Beating the home team will definitely boost their confidence for what’s left. Stina Blackstenius leads the team in scoring with three goals.
Sweden already defeated Australia (4-2) in the Group Stage, but not so fast. Australia’s confidence is up to the roof after beating Great Britain 4-3 in the Quarterfinals. Don’t get wrong, I still think Sweden deserves to be the sports betting favorite here, but Australia will definitely put up a fight.
Sweden leads the all-time series 8-4-1 with 26 goals for and 10 against. This will be the fourth time they collide in the Olympics. Australia’s best result was a 1-1 draw in 2000.
Expect a fast-paced match with plenty of goals. Sweden scored two or more goals in all their matches, while Australia did it in three of their four matches.