2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: United States vs. Germany Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/30/15
Germany (3-0-2) vs. United States (4-0-1)
World Cup: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: Germany +144 / United States +218 -- Over/Under: 2 See the Latest Odds
The United States and Germany play Tuesday in the semifinal of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The United States beat China with a 1-0 victory to move two games away from a title. The U.S. continues to rely on its defense, as it hasn’t allowed a goal in its last four matches and has allowed just one goal all tournament. The United States has allowed just 12 shots on target this tournament, and Hope Solo has 11 saves and hasn’t allowed a goal in the second half. Offensively, the United States could really improve, scoring just four goals in its last four matches. Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe have combined for four goals, Abby Wambach has a goal and Ali Krieger has an assist. The good news for the U.S. is that the lack of goals isn’t an effort thing, as the squad has 46 shot attempts in its last three matches. Still, the United States still has yet to play its best.
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Germany beat France in extra time to advance to this point and avoid its first real scare. Germany has yet to lose the possession arrow and has been able to play at its pace all tournament. Germany continues to be an offensive machine, racking up 78 total shots in its last three matches and scoring four or more goals in three of its matches. Celia Sasic and Anja Mittag have combined for 11 goals, Lena Petermann has two goals and Lena Goessling has three assists. Defensively, Germany has allowed 10 shots on target in its last four matches, and Nadine Angerer has come away with nine saves and has yet to allow a first half goal. Germany has proven to be a strong team and has the balance to win this whole tournament, especially with the offensive firepower.
This is by far the biggest test of the tournament for both teams. Germany can score goals in buckets at the drop of a hat and is going to be super aggressive. The United States experienced defense has seen it all and will be up to the task. Of course, the X-factor in this match is the United States offense, as it’s only a matter of time before it breaks out.
Germany has played the best it can possibly play, but we have yet to see that vintage U.S. performance where it really domiantes for 90-plus minutes. If we're going to see it this tournament, it would come in this match. The value is on the United States, and I see this team advancing behind an elite defense and an offense that finally wakes up.