Spain vs. United States
|Date & Time||Monday June 24, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: US -263 / Spain +881 / Draw +337 -- Over/Under: 2.5
Spain and United States meet Monday in FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Auguste-Delaune.
Spain made it out of the group stages of the World Cup for the first time with a victory over South Africa and a draw against China. Spain has dominated ball possession in all three matches and has a combined 35 fouls this tournament. Lucía García and Jennifer Hermoso have scored all three goals for the Spaniards, which came in the opening match against the South Africans. Scoring has been difficult at times for La Roja, as they’ve been held to one or less goals in four of their last five matches, and that’s with having the ball majority of the time. However, Spain is a dangerous team due to the team chemistry that produces the passing ability and the high possession percentages. The offense may not be there in the form of goals, but Spain plays a beautiful style and can be tough to crack. Spain is as close of a team as you’ll find on the international level with most of these players suiting up for either Barcelona or Atlético Madrid.
The United States has fulfilled expectations up to this point, outscoring their first three opponents by a combined score of 18-0. The US has effortlessly controlled ball possession in all three matches and has 89 total shot attempts. The Americans are scoring on 50 percent of their shots on goal. It’s fair to say that everything is clicking for the US at the moment, as the passing has been brilliant, everybody is getting involved offensively and the defense has limited very few scares from its opponents. While knockout games are a different beast from the group stages, team USA has probably strengthened their odds as the favorites to win this World Cup. The United States has never been bounced before a medal game in World Cup history.
These teams met back in a January friendly, a match the US won 1-0 thanks to a second half goal from Christen Press.
Spain is a well coached team that passes well, controls possession and has the ability to get good looks offensively. This will probably be the biggest test defensively yet for the US. Still, betting against the United States with the way its played up to this point isn’t an option. The US has been head and shoulders the best team this tournament and it’s going to take a team with some serious offensive firepower to be able to counter. Spain isn’t it.
The Americans advance to the quarterfinals.