United States vs. Chile
|Date & Time||Sunday June 16, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
Parc des Princes
The Line: US -4.5 / Chilie +4.5 -- Over/Under: 5
United States and Chile meet Sunday in FIFA Women's World Cup at Parc des Princes.
United States entered this tournament as the favorites to hoist the trophy and set the ton early with a 13-0 win over Thailand. It was the most goals scored in a single world cup match and Alex Morgan tied a record herself with five of those goals. The US controlled the ball for 75 percent of the match and got 21 of its 39 shot attempts on goal. While some would say they were beating a dead horse, coach Jill Ellis defended its team by saying it hopes to play hard all the way through and goal differential matters in this tournament. That’s bad news for a lot of teams in this tournament that don’t have anywhere close to the firepower to counter. The US showed its here to capture defend its title and if a team isn’t ready to match that energy, it’s going to get dragged on the pitch. The United States hopes to make it out of the group stages in all eight world cups.
Chile is coming off a frustrating 2-0 loss to Sweden, a match that was even until the final minutes when Kosovare Asllani and Madelen Janogy scored. While Chile did nothing offensively and had just one shot on goal, La Roja Femenina certainly would have taken the point that comes in a draw, and that would have greatly improved its chances of sneaking out of Group F. Chile hasn’t won a match since a November friendly against Australia and has been shutout in four of its last five matches overall. At this point Chile has nothing to lose, and that’s about the only thing that makes this team scary to an opponent. Chile needs a victory to have a shot at making it out of the group stages in its first ever world cup.
These teams met in 2018 friendly matches and US won both meetings by a combined score of 7-0. The United States got a combined 23 shots on goal while Chile settled for two.
The US entered this tournament playing at a high level with six straight wins and all of those results coming by comfortable margins. This team also showed that it’s not going to show mercy, which is key for covering these spreads. Chile can be decent defensively at times, but this club has had major issues putting together offense and has been shutout now in four of its last five matches. While it may not be as ugly as the match against Thailand, it should be a routine victory for the favorites.
The US by five or more goals.