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USWNT vs Netherlands Odds: Holders Face Tougher Test

Written by: Greg Lea
Published July 25, 2023
11 min read
  • The USWNT beat Vietnam 3-0 in their first match at the Women’s World Cup 2023
  • The Netherlands edged out Portugal 1-0 in their opening encounter in New Zealand
  • The winner of this match will be one step closer to a place in the knockout stage

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USA Looking To Build on Vietnam Victory With Another One Here

The USWNT made the perfect start to their Women’s World Cup 2023 campaign. A 3-0 defeat of Vietnam was perhaps a smaller margin of victory than many expected, not least because the USA thumped Thailand 3-0 in their opening encounter four years ago.

Vietnam are known to be dogged opponents, though, and the USA were dominant from start to finish. Their opponents may have defended with discipline and organization, but they did not have a single shot on goal. That shows how much the USWNT were in control.

Four-time world champions, holders, and favorites with the best online sportsbooks, there have nevertheless been a few question marks hanging over the USA. That is in part down to the strength of the European contingent this year, most notably Spain, France, and England.

However, there are also reasons why the USA have been doubted. Their roster contains a fair amount of experience, but there are also 14 World Cup debutantes within Vlatko Andonovski’s group. 

Key players like Mallory Swanson, Becky Sauerbrunn, Catarina Macario, and Sam Mewis are out injured. And at the Olympics in Tokyo two years ago, the USA could only manage to win the bronze medal after losing to Canada in the semis.

One round before that, the USWNT were held to a 0-0 draw by the Netherlands before advancing on penalties. Andonovski will therefore be wary of his team’s upcoming opponents, who are a much higher caliber than Vietnam.

Still, no one should go overboard in writing the USA off. There is still an abundance of talent within their squad and they have the trophy-winning experience that several other gifted squads are lacking. No one will want to face the Stars and Stripes at this World Cup.

Netherlands Among the Dark Horses at This Women’s World Cup

That aforementioned clash at the Olympics in 2021 was not the only high-profile meeting between these two sides in recent years. The USA and the Netherlands also locked horns in the final of the Women’s World Cup four years ago, with the Americans running out 2-0 winners.

Sarina Wiegman was the woman in charge of the Dutch team during that campaign, but she departed after the tournament and later took charge of England. Mark Parsons was announced as her successor, but he vacated the position after the Netherlands were eliminated from last year’s European Championship at the quarter-final stage.

Andries Jonker is now at the helm of a national team that have been tipped as potential dark horses in Australia and New Zealand this summer. The Netherlands got off to a decent start, beating Portugal 1-0 on matchday one thanks to a goal from Stefanie van der Gragt in the 13th minute.

The victory was more comfortable than the scoreline might appear to suggest: Portugal managed just one shot on target and that did not arrive until there were eight minutes left on the clock.

That win has given the Dutch some breathing space going into their second game against the USA, in which they are definite underdogs. This is the type of match in which the Netherlands will rue the absence of Vivianne Miedema, one of the best players in the world who is out with a knee problem.

Still, the Dutch are invariably set up astutely by Jonker, who has trained the group well in the use of his favored 3-5-2 formation. That sort of shape may not be the taste of the soccer purists back home, but there is little chance of Jonker moving back to a 4-3-3 for this meeting with the reigning champions.

Goals at Both Ends Looks Like the Way to Go in This Encounter

The USA were barely troubled by Vietnam last time out, but the Netherlands will give them something to think about here. Even without Miedema the Oranje have some excellent attackers, with Paris Saint-Germain forward Lieke Martens the standout individual.

The USA have not lost a World Cup match since they went down to Japan in the final in 2011. That is a phenomenal record that underscores just how tough a task the Netherlands are facing. But make no mistake: this is a test for the Stars and Stripes too.

We recommend steering clear of betting the moneyline in this one. Instead, go for both teams to score. The Netherlands have scored in seven of their last eight outings in all competitions, and since February have hit four past Austria and Poland, and five past Belgium - all without Miedema.

The USA’s attacking credentials barely need stating and it is hard to see any team in this tournament keeping a clean sheet against them. With that in mind, goals at both ends is the way to go in this encounter.

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How to Watch USWNT vs Netherlands

  • Teams: USWNT vs Netherlands
  • Location: Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Date and Time: Jul. 26, 2023, 9.00 p.m. ET 
  • How to Watch: Fox, fuboTV
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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]

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