USA are odds-on favourites to reach the Women’s World Cup final ahead of France after seeing off Brazil 7-5 on penalties in the quarter final.
Should USA make it to the final it is likely that manager Pia Sundhage will have split loyalties as Sweden – her home country – are favourites to overcome Japan in the other half of the semi final draws.
The Yanks are priced at 19/20 to see off the threat of France, who edged England 5-4 on penalties in thier quarter final, while Les Bleues are seen as a 27/10 bet to cause another upset.
Neither side has seen a draw over their last five games, but as all football runs come to an end, some football betting enthusiasts could be tempted to place a wager on the stalemate this time round, with bwin offering odds of 12/5 on the game being tied after 90 minutes.
Should that be the case, and the game requires extra time or penalties to produce a winner, USA are still fancied to progress to the final.
The Next Round betting market made available by bwin prices Bruno Bini’s French side at 41/20 to make the tournament’s finale, while USA are again odds-on at 33/100.
One of the reasons for the odds being stacked in the USA’s favour is the devastating for of magicJack forward Abby Wambach.
The striker has a record that is the envy of footballer the world over having hit 120 goals in her 161 international appearances.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo is also likely to be fired up for the game as it will mark her 100th appearance in the red and white stripes of America and what better way to celebrate than reaching the final of a World Cup.
However, the USA are unlikely to have things all their own way. While Sundhage is able to call on the experience and goal scoring prowess of Wambach, opposite number Bini has a formidable attacking force of his own.
Montpellier forward Marie-Laure Delie does not have the experience of Wambach, but arguably possesses the same level of skill after hitting an impressive 23 goals in her first 24 international matches.
As such a high number of goals can be expected and with USA favourites to win, a number of punters could be tempted to back a 4-1 win for the Yanks at 35/1.
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