The United States women’s national team will take on the Netherlands in a highly anticipated Women’s World Cup final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on July 7. This is the first time the Dutch have reached the World Cup finals and they will be looking to prove themselves in France. Their rivals, the US, who will be eyeing their fourth World Cup crown, are currently the world’s number one and are the favorites for the tournament’s title.
For most football fans and experts from across the globe, the Dutch stand no chance against the incredible US. Jill Ellis’ side have proved to be the tournament’s toughest team after beating football giants such as France 2-1 in the quarters and England 2-1 in a dramatic semi-final.
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As much as football pundits are betting on Jill Ellis’ side to win, the Oranje should not be underestimated, as they could pull off an upset on Sunday. Sarina Wiegman’s side secured a place in the finals after stunning Sweden 1-0 on Wednesday.
We take a look at the two teams to get a clue of who will take the trophy home on Sunday.
The USA’s stats
The US are first-placed in the FIFA world rankings with 2101 points. They have won the World Cup three times in 1991, 2011 and 2015, and will be aiming for the fourth title this year. In their last World Cup final four years ago, they beat Japan 5-2 at BC Place Stadium in Canada.
On June 11, the US made history thrashing Thailand 13-0 in their first group stage match to become the only team to score that many goals in the Women’s World Cup, ahead of Germany who beat Argentina 11-0 in 2007. The USWNT have won all their last nine matches. Jill Ellis’ side defeated Brazil 4-1 to lift the Tournament of Nations title last year.
Alex Morgan to cause trouble in the final
Alex Morgan has been one of the key players in the US’ success in the 2019 women’s World Cup. Morgan, who also plays for the Orlando Pride, has turned out to be one of the most feared forwards. The 29-year-old is currently the top scorer with six goals in the tournament.
She will be seeking to prove her prowess against the Dutch on Sunday as she eyes the Golden Boot award. Her skills and talents backed by strong teammates will be crucial in the team’s quest for the title.
The Netherlands’ stats
The Netherlands are ranked eighth in the FIFA world rankings with 1967 points. Sarina Wiegman’s side will be a tough opponent on Sunday having had a good run in their last few matches. The Oranje have won all their last five matches this year. They have a shot to win the Sunday’s final as they seek to make history.
The Netherlands emerged the UEFA Women’s Championship winners after a successful 4-2 victory against Denmark in 2017. Sarina Wiegman’s side were kicked out of the 2015 Women’s World Cup after they lost to Japan 2-1 in their last group stage match in Vancouver. This time around the Oranje will be looking to redeem themselves when they take on the US in France.
The US vs the Netherlands h2h
The US have won the World Cup three times while the Oranje have never reached the tournament’s final. Jill Ellis’ side is the first team in the world according to FIFA ranking and Holland are eighth. Sarina Wiegman’s side have won all their last five matches while the US have bagged nine wins.
The US are the favorites to win
Judging from the above comparison, Jill Ellis’ side have better odds to emerge winners in the Sunday’s final. The US are rich in experience in the tournament having played in all of them as opposed to their opponents who will be having a shot at the finals for the first time.
The US also boast of highly talented players such as Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Morgan Brian who will be keen to show their A-game. Jill Ellis’ side have proven fitter than their opponents who could find it difficult to stop the defending champions.
I would bet on the US to emerge winners based on the above statistics and their good record in the tournament. The Netherlands will not go down easily though. They will try every way possible to deny the unstoppable US easy victory.
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