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England vs United States betting tips: Women’s World Cup semi-final match preview & predictions

England vs United States prediction: England 1-2 United States

The first of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-finals sees England take on USA.

England have never reached the final of a Women’s World Cup or a UEFA Women’s Championship but the Lionesses believe that this is their year.

They’ll have to beat the best team in the world to get there.

America are the reigning world champions and have looked simply unstoppable in this tournament.

Both semi-finals and the final will take place at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, so which one of these two sides will be returning for Sunday’s showpiece occasion?


ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 11: Phil Neville manager of England reacts during the International Friendly match between England Women and Sweden Women at The New York Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Rotherham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Highlights of Norway 0-3 England

Highlights of France 1-2 United States

England vs United States : Who will win?

England are 3/1 to win in normal time.

USA are odds on at 10/11 to win in 90 minutes.

A draw, that would force extra time, is 23/10.

Over 2.5 goals is 11/10.

England to win and over 2.5 goals is 13/2.

USA to win and over 2.5 goals is 21/10.

Either team to win on penalties is 11/2.

England to make the final is 13/8; USA to progress is 4/9.

Ellen White has scored five goals for England at this tournament. The Manchester City forward is 7/1 to break the deadlock and 14/5 to get her 34th international goal.

Nikita Parris left Manchester City to join Olympique Lyonnais in May so will be playing at her future home in this one. She’s 17/2 to score first and 7/2 to score anytime.

Megan Rapinoe has scored five goals at this tournament including all four of USA’s goals in the knockout stages. The Reign FC forward is 6/1 to score first and 21/10 to score anytime.

Alex Morgan is the joint leading scorer at this tournament, along with Rapinoe and White. She is 7/2 to score first and 13/8 to score anytime.

Both Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan to score is 7/1.

Both Nikita Parris and Ellen White to score is 20/1.

England vs United States: Match preview

For the third tournament in a row, England are through to the semi-finals.

Four years ago they were beaten 2-1 by Japan in Canada before clinching bronze against Germany.

Then, two years ago at the Euros, it was semi-final heartbreak again as they were beaten by hosts Netherlands in Enschede.

However, throughout this tournament, Phil Neville’s squad has believed that they will go all the way.

They kicked off with a 2-1 win over Scotland before beating Argentina 1-0 and Japan 2-0 to secure top spot in Group D.

This is the first time ever that England have won all three group games at a World Cup.

That meant they would face Cameroon in Valenciennes in the round of 16.

Steph Houghton gave England the lead early from an indirect free-kick before Ellen White made it 2-0 in first half stoppage time.

In the second half, Toni Duggan’s corner picked out Alex Greenwood who sealed the 3-0 victory.

The headlines from that game were all about Cameroon’s misconduct, protesting and tears but England came through unscathed.

That win set up a quarter-final showdown with Norway at Stade Océane.

Lucy Bronze’s cross picked out Jill Scott who fired England in front after just two minutes and six seconds.

That is the the fastest goal ever scored by the Lionesses at a World Cup and the earliest scored in this year’s tournament.

Before half time, it was 2-0; White getting on the scoresheet once again.

Early in the second half, Beth Mead squared her free-kick to Lucy Bronze who fired in a third.

An absolute screamer and a stunning victory.

England have scored three goals in back-to-back World Cup games for the first time; they had never scored more than twice in a knockout stage tie before this competition.

This team are on fire right now but can they beat the best team in the world?

United States to rule the world again?

As for USA, it is going to take an amazing side to beat them.

The Stars and Stripes kicked off with a 13-0 win over Thailand; unsurprisingly that’s the biggest win in World Cup history.

They then comfortably won Group F beating Chile 3-0 and Sweden 2-0.

USA scored 18 group stage goals, breaking the record for the most goals in the group stages of a World Cup (men’s or women’s).

Spain in the round of 16 proved a far tougher test.

Megan Rapinoe gave them the lead after just seven minutes from the penalty spot but Spain equalised just two minutes later.

It remained level until the 75th minute when Rose Lavelle was brought down and Rapinoe stepped up and slotted home her second penalty of the afternoon.

2-1 it finished.

In the quarter-finals on Friday night, they took on hosts France in front of 45,595 fans at Parc des Princes.

They led early once again, Rapinoe’s free-kick missed everybody and snuck into the far corner in just the fifth minute.

Just after the hour mark, Rapinoe was on target again after being picked out by Tobin Heath’s pin-point cross.

France did pull one back late on but Jill Ellis’ side held out for a 2-1 win.

USA have now won their last ten matches at the World Cup, equalling the longest run of wins in the tournament’s history set by Norway between 1995 and 1999.

They’ve won those ten matches by an aggregate score of 33-4.

In all competitions, this team have lost just one of their last 44 matches and that was a friendly against France earlier this year.

In competitive matches, they’re the reigning World Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup Champions.

A title they did not win earlier this year though is the prestigious She Believes Cup.

England held USA to a 2-2 draw in Nashville and it was The Lionesses who actually claimed that title.

England have proven as recently as March that they can compete with America but can they do it on the biggest stage of all?

England team news vs United States

Throughout this World Cup, Phil Neville has continued to tinker with his starting XI.

He’s made more changes to his side than anybody else and 22 members of this squad have featured at this tournament.

However, after an outstanding performance on Thursday night, he could name an unchanged side.

Karen Bardsley is expected to keep her place in goal ahead of Carly Telford who started the Argentina match.

Bardsley is one of eight players who were at Manchester City last season and six of them are expected to start here.

Despite all the tinkering, three of the back four has not changed throughout this tournament.

Lucy Bronze of Olympique Lyonnais, who will be playing in her home stadium in this one, scored her eighth international goal on Friday.

She is the first England player to register a goal and an assist in the same World Cup game since Jill Scott did so against New Zealand in 2011.

All five of her goal involvements (3 goals and 2 assists) at World Cups have been in the knockout stages.

Bronze, alongside centre-backs Millie Bright and captain Steph Houghton are undroppable.

The only question mark in the defence is at left-back.

Demi Stokes came in for the more attack minded Alex Greenwood against Norway and is expected to keep her place.

In midfield, Jill Scott will win her 142nd cap having scored her 25th international goal in the quarter-final.

Keira Walsh and Fran Kirby are likely to make up the midfield trio with Georgia Stanway, Jade Moore and Karen Carney potential options off the bench.

Up front, it’ll be the same front three.

Nikita Parris and Toni Duggan will be supporting Ellen White who will be looking to add to here five goals at this tournament.

Can this England team defeat USA and make the World Cup Final?

United States team news vs England

As for the holders, they also play 4-3-3.

The entirety of Jill Ellis’ squad play their football in America’s top division, the NWSL.

Alyssa Naeher will win her 52nd cap in goal looking to add to her 28 international clean sheets.

In defence, Becky Sauerbrunn will win her 163rd cap at centre-back alongside Abby Dahlkemper.

Kelley O’Hara will keep her place at right-back ahead of veteran Ali Krieger.

It’s a settled midfield trio of Sam Mewis, Julie Ertz and Rose Lavelle although Lindsey Horan is a very good option off the bench.

The front three have 603 caps and 268 international goals between them.

Tobin Heath, despite all of her quality, has had to play a supporting role in this tournament.

Alex Morgan scored five against Thailand in the group opener but has not scored since.

Luckily, Megan Rapione has stepped up.

She’s scored all four of USA’s goals in the knockout stages making her the first player to score two or more goals in back-to-back World Cup appearances since Marta in 2007.

Also, since her World Cup debut in 2011, no player has been directly involved in more goals in the competition, 7 goals and 6 assists.

The trio are performing so well right now that Carli Lloyd can’t get into the side despite her 279 caps and 113 goals for the US.

Can England stop the best front three in the world or will USA blow the Lionesses away?

Predicted England line-up vs United States

Predicted England line-up vs Unites States

Predicted England line-up vs United States.

Predicted Unites States line-up vs England

Predicted Unites States line-up vs England

Predicted United States line-up vs England.

Highlights of England 2-1 Scotland

Highlights of England 1-0 Argentina

Highlights of Japan 0-2 England

Highlights of England 3-0 Cameroon

Highlights of United States 13-0 Thailand

Highlights of United States 2-0 Chile

Highlights of Sweden 0-2 United States

Highlights of Spain 1-2 United States

The latest tweets from England pre United States

The latest tweets from United States pre England

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Back England at 28/1 or USA at 9/1 in Women's World Cup semi-final!