Stadium: Kashima (Kashima).
USA and Canada overcame the quarterfinals with great difficulty, beating their rivals only in the penalty shootout. How will their face-to-face semi-final meeting go? Will American women maintain their status as the favorites, or will Canada surprise them again? Let's choose several options at once for betting on the first of the four remaining matches of the Olympic football tournament for women.
USA has experience and luck
The USA national team has only one victory on the group stage, and in the quarterfinal match against the Netherlands they were saved by a miracle. The match was about to end with a score of 2 - 2 and in the 81st minute, the Netherlands team was given a chance to shoot a penalty, which they missed. As a result, the Stars and Stripes made it to the post-match penalty shootout, where they were stronger. Their performance was not convincing at all. However, they have already got to the next stage of the tournament.
Canada so far is unbeaten
While Americans lost to the Swedish national team in the group stage, Canada is still doing without any defeat at the Olympic tournament. They won only over the not so strong team of Chile (2 - 1). They got also 3 draws in the group stage with Great Britain (1 - 1) and Japan (1 - 1), and 0-0 in the quarterfinal match with the Brazilian team.
Like the United States, the Canadians needed a penalty shootout to reach the semi-finals, which sent the Brazilians home. Actually, Canada, realizing that it is inferior in class to all top national teams, appeals to its strong qualities - endurance, patience, and organization. Will their defensive football strategy work against the Americans? We'll find out very soon.
Expert betting tips
What can we say, the favorite in the upcoming match is obvious. The USA national team, especially after the departure of the Netherlands and Brazil, remains the undisputed favorite of the tournament.
Prediction - the United States will have any problems in a match against an inferior opponent.
- USA to win for 1.67;
- USA to win + handicap (-1.5) for about 3.05;
- Canada will not score for 2.30.