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United States vs Netherlands betting tips: Women’s World Cup preview, predictions, team news and odds

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United States vs Netherlands match preview

1,481 days ago, these two teams met in the World Cup Final itself, with the United States retaining the trophy, courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Over four years on, a lot has changed with both teams, so who will prevail in this World Cup Final rematch in Wellington?

On Saturday afternoon, United States began their quest for an unprecedented three-peat by swatting aside Vietnam 3-0 at Eden Park.

Sophia Smith scored twice in the first half, the first an exquisite touch and finish, while the second, coming in stoppage time, was rather more scrappy, awarded following VAR review.

In-between, Alex Morgan saw a tame penalty saved, but the U.S. did rubber stamp the win late on when Smith turned provider, pulling the ball back for Lindsey Horan to fire home.

The 3-0 scoreline certainly doesn’t do USA’s dominance justice.

No teams, women’s, men’s or youth, have ever won three successive World Cups, a feat many people are expecting the Stars and Stripes to achieve come 20 August.

Here, the difficulty level with significantly increase for the United States, so will they continue the perfect start to their antipodean adventure?

Netherlands meantime also got three points on the board at the weekend, albeit doing so in rather less memorable circumstances.

Oranje began their campaign with an uneventful 1-0 victory over Portugal, in which Stefanie van der Gragt’s 13th minute header proving to be decisive at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Holland are nowhere near as strong as four summers ago, largely due to Vivianne Miedema’s ACL injury, and the fact Sarina Wiegman is now England manager.

Nevertheless, the Dutch are still hopeful of giving USA a game here and, having beaten Portugal in Dunedin, are highly likely to reach the round of 16 for a third World Cup on the spin.

Nevertheless, those in attendance at Wellington Regional Stadium are likely to see a victory for the reigning and defending world champions.

United States team news

Vlatko Andonovski did spring a couple of surprises against Vietnam on Saturday.

Julie Ertz, who’s a defensive midfielder, was deployed at centre-back in Auckland, chosen alongside Naomi Girma, with Alana Cook left out.

It’ll be interesting to see if this remains the case, with Andi Sullivan therefore remaining as the number six.

Elsewhere in midfield, with Rose Lavelle being eased back after injury, Savannah DeMelo got the nod to start, earning just her second cap, 13 days after her senior international debut against Wales in California.

In attack, having missed that spot-kick against Vietnam, Alex Morgan’s underwhelming form in 2023 continues, having netted just four times in her last 15 appearances for club and country.

Nevertheless, the 2019 golden boot winner will continue to lead the line, flanked by the exciting duo that is Trinity Rodman and, potential golden boot winner this summer, Sophia Smith.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Naeher; Fox, Ertz, Girma, Dunn; Sullivan, DeMelo, Lavelle; Smith, Rodman, Morgan.

Netherlands teams news

As mentioned, Holland’s record goal-scorer Vivianne Miedema is currently sidelined, with Andries Jonker’s team struggling to score goals without her.

Lieke Martens and Lineth Beerensteyn could continue to lead the line in a 3-5-2 formation that features a few players shoehorned in out of position.

Daniëlle van de Donk and Victoria Pelova were deployed at wing-back against Portugal, while captain Sherida Spitse, a midfielder by trade, was in the middle of the back three.

In goal, Daphne van Domselaar will win just her 16th cap, having taken over from Sari van Veenendaal, who retired last summer.

Predicted XI (3-5-2): van Domselaar; Spitse, Janssen, van der Gragt; Pelova, Brugts, Roord, Groenen, van de Donk; Martens, Beerensteyn.

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