The USA to face France in the quarter-finals as they hunt for the fourth World Cup crown

The United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) will battle it out with France in the Women’s World Cup quarters at Parc des Princes on June 28.

Jill Ellis’ Side booked a spot in the last eight after beating Spain 2-1 on Monday. The US emerged at the top of Group F after winning all three group matches scoring 18 goals. Their rivals, France, advanced to the quarter-finals after achieving a dramatic 2-1 win in extra time against Brazil on June 23. Corrine Diacre’s side grabbed nine points and scored a total of seven goals in the group stage matches.

The two teams will now take on each other in arguably one of the toughest quarter-finals ever in the tournament’s history. We take a look at the two teams to get a glimpse of how the match could go down.

The USA’s stats

The US are the tournament’s defending champions. They lifted the third World Cup title after thrashing Japan 5-2 at BC Place Stadium in Canada four years ago. The US will be coming into this game with high spirits having achieved a number of victories since the tournament kicked off.

Jill Ellis’ side made history after beating Thailand 13-0 in their first group stage match on June 11. The USWNT have won all their last nine matches played. Their last match against Spain on June 24 ended 2-1.

Jill Ellis’s side have shown incredible performance since the Women’s World Cup began, thanks to a number of players who have made that possible. The US forward Alex Morgan is currently the top scorer with five goals and three assists to her name. She is followed by Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd at fifth and sixth position respectively with three goals. Jill Ellis will be counting on them to be on top of their game in order to carry the day.

France’s history

The French women’s national team are fourth-placed in the FIFA world rankings with 2043 points. Corrine Diacre’s side were kicked out of the 2015 World Cup after they suffered a disappointing loss from the hands of Germany in a match that ended in a penalty shootout. Les Bleues will be looking to move past the quarters when they meet with the US, currently one of the most lethal opponents in the tournament.

France have won all the last five matches they played this year. They defeated Brazil 2-1 in their last match at Stade Oceane on Sunday.

France vs USA h2h

Jill Ellis’ team is at the top of FIFA world rankings with 2101 points while Corrine Diacre’s side are ranked fourth. The two sides have faced each other six times in the last four years. France have won against the US three times, while Diacre’s side have defeated them twice. The US lost to Les Bleues 3-1 in their last friendly match on January 19.

Home advantage

Friday’s encounter between the US and France is expected to be tougher than ever. However, the fact that Les Bleues will be playing at home, gives them an added advantage over Jill Ellis’ side. Their desire not to disappoint their fans at home for the second time could steer them towards victory.

The US are the favorites to win

Even though the match can go either way, I would bet on the US to emerge victorious at Parc des Princes.

Judging from the above data, the US are more likely to win. They have achieved a huge number of victories in comparison to their opponents. The US is currently the top-ranked women team in the world and have better odds of carrying the day on Friday. The US have scored the most goals in the tournament (18), as opposed to their rivals who have scored seven goals. Jill Ellis’ side will be the team to beat during Friday’s clash.

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