Italy vs. Netherlands
|Date & Time||Saturday June 29, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
Stade du Hainaut
The Line: Italy +250 / Netherlands +110 / Draw +230 -- Over/Under: 2.5
Italy and Netherlands meet Saturday in the FIFA Women's World Cup Quarterfinals at Stade du Hainaut.
Italy advances to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup for the first time since 1991 with a comfortable 2-0 victory over China. While the possession percentage was split down the middle and both sides had five shots on goal, it was Italy that was far more aggressive with its attack and got much better lucks, which eventually resulted in goals from Valentina Giacinti and Aurora Galli. Italy has now scored two or more goals in five of its last six matches and has displayed a beautiful attack when looking to be aggressive. Coach Milena Bertolini said it wasn’t the greatest match in the world but her team found a way to win and gave everything they had. If Italy continues to attack offensively, Le Azzurre will continue to surprise. Italy advances to its first ever World Cup semifinal with a victory here.
Netherlands advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time with a 2-1 over Japan. Netherlands has now won all four matches this World Cup and is riding a seven-match winning streak overall. While wins are wins, Netherlands is probably lucky to be here considering Japan clearly outplayed them for majority of the match and had several shots just miss the back of the net. The penalty kick from Lieke Martens that provided the game winner in the 90th minute was also a questionable hand ball call. Netherlands is a very talented and deep team that’s coming off championships in the UEFA European Championship and Algarve Cup, but this side needs to play a lot better if it’s going to make a deeper run in this World Cup.
There’s a strong case to be made for Italy and the big plus money given that Netherlands hasn’t played its best and was a couple of bounces off the post from going home against Japan. Netherlands should be favored given the talent and depth of this club, but the Italians pulling off an upset wouldn’t surprise me at all. With that said, I like both teams scoring in this contest as a much safer bet. Italy has consistently gotten good looks and is dangerous in the open field, while Netherlands is deep offensively but had a weird habit of not following the attackers, setting up very clean shot attempts.
I’m torn between who wins this match, so give me both teams to score.