The United States women’s soccer team has had a challenging journey in the Women’s World Cup. The American women, known for their exceptional skill and resilience, recently faced a surprising draw against Portugal. This unpredictable event has moved them into the knockout round under unexpected circumstances. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect from the next game between Sweden vs. USA.
It wouldn’t be a FIFA Women’s World Cup without USA vs Sweden 😏🇺🇸🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/8bGNhjz2To
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 2, 2023
The Unexpected Draw with Portugal
Historically, the USA has outpaced Portugal with a cumulative score of 39-0 across 10-0 victories. Yet, in their last encounter on August 1st, despite outshooting Portugal 17-6, the USA failed to secure a goal, which resulted in a 0-0 draw. This unexpected outcome was close to a defeat and almost resulted in the USA’s failure to advance.
Surprisingly, the option of a goalless draw, priced at +1000 at BetMGM, was left untouched by bettors. Meanwhile, heavy betting action was seen on over 2.5 goals, further underlining the shocking result of the match.
The Anticipated Clash: USA vs. Sweden
The USA’s upcoming match against Sweden is the center of attention. While the USA has a 23-7-12 all-time score against Sweden, the latter won in their last meeting at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Sweden’s victory disrupted the USA’s 44-game undefeated streak, marking their first defeat under head coach Vlatko Andonovski.
American star player Alex Morgan is undeterred by the prospect of Sweden being favored in the round of 16 match-up. Unfortunately, the USA will be without key midfielder Rose Lavelle, who will miss the game due to yellow card accumulation, a penalty imposed after a player collects a certain number of yellow cards.
Despite this setback, the team’s morale remains high. This optimism is mirrored in the betting market, with the USA’s advancement to the quarterfinals favored at +114 moneyline odds, compared to Sweden’s +250.
Odds to advance USA-Sweden at @BetMGM
▪️ @USWNT -185
▪️ Sweden +130
▪️ USA -175
▪️ Sweden +125 pic.twitter.com/M0yVcLjJDP
— John Ewing (@johnewing) August 3, 2023
Where to Watch the Game
The USA vs. Sweden match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Telemundo in the United States. The kick-off is scheduled for 3 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 6th, 2023.
Insights into the USA Team
The USA has scored 4 goals and allowed 1 in the Women’s World Cup, placing them 10th in goal differential. Despite the last game against Portugal ending in a draw, the USA managed to outshoot their opponents 16 to five.
Players like Sophia Smith and Lindsey Horan have been key contributors, with two goals each in the tournament. While not having scored a goal yet, Alex Morgan has provided an assist, ensuring her continued significance on the field.
In-depth Look at Amanda Ilestedt and the Swedish Team
Sweden’s offense has been formidable, with nine goals making them second in the Women’s World Cup. Their defense has been equally impressive, allowing just one goal.
Amanda Ilestedt has been a central figure in the Swedish team, contributing three goals. Besides Ilestedt, Jonna Andersson and Sofia Jakobsson have also been impactful. Despite not scoring, Andersson has provided two assists, while Jakobsson has contributed two goals and two assists.
Expanded Betting Tips
Given the teams’ performance, a draw at +235 in regular time may seem an attractive bet. The USA is currently favored to advance at -180. It’s a challenging prediction, but a nail-biting match with a close result is anticipated. As a Swedish national myself, I am completely torn in where to place my bet!
In terms of goal props, over 2.5 goals priced at +125 may be a promising bet, given the offensive prowess of both teams. A bet on both teams to score at -110 could be another profitable option, given the scoring abilities of the teams.
One could also consider individual player prop bets. For instance, a bet on Sophia Smith to score at any time at +220 could be a valuable gamble, given her recent form.
The knockout rounds are set. pic.twitter.com/MW0SLZvtxS
— U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (@USWNT) August 3, 2023
While indulging in the thrill of betting, it is important to remember to do so responsibly. Set a budget for your betting activities and stick to it. Never chase your losses, and always remember that betting should be a fun, recreational activity, not a means to earn income. If at any point you feel you may be developing a problem with gambling, seek help immediately.
With these tips in mind, get ready for an exciting match between Sweden and USA. May your bets be as thrilling as the game itself!
Good luck Team USA and Team Sweden!
USWNT Captain, Lindsey Horan, says she’s aware of what it will take for their upcoming matchup against Sweden in the World Cup.
“It’s going to be a battle.” pic.twitter.com/CpN5WtRI6A
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) August 3, 2023
The recent match between USA and Portugal ended in an unexpected 0-0 draw.
The USA has a 23-7-12 all-time score against Sweden. However, Sweden won in their last meeting at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Sweden’s victory over the USA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics disrupted the USA’s 44-game undefeated streak.
Midfielder Rose Lavelle will miss the game due to yellow card accumulation.
The USA vs. Sweden match can be watched live on Fox Sports and Telemundo in the United States.
The USA has scored 4 goals and allowed 1, placing them 10th in goal differential.
Amanda Ilestedt has been a key player for Sweden, contributing three goals.
A draw at +235 in regular time may be an attractive bet. Over 2.5 goals priced at +125 may be promising given both teams’ offensive prowess. A bet on Sophia Smith to score at any time at +220 could be valuable.
Set a budget for your betting activities and stick to it. Never chase your losses and consider betting as a fun, recreational activity, not an income source.
Sophia Smith, Lindsey Horan, and Alex Morgan are key players in the USA Women’s Soccer team.