2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: United States vs. Japan Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/5/15
Japan (6-0) vs. United States (5-0-1)
World Cup: Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: Japan +348 / United States -111 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The United States and Japan meet Sunday night in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.
The United States are fresh off a 2-0 victory over Germany and look for their third women’s title. The U.S. continues to rely on its defense, as it hasn’t allowed a goal since the opening match and has given up just five shots on target in its last three matches. Hope Solo has come away with 12 saves but really hasn’t had to work that hard with the United States simply not giving up quality looks. Offensively, the United States knows it can be a lot better, as goals haven’t come easy despite getting 22 shots on target in its last four matches. Carli Lloyd leads the U.S. with three goals, Megan Rapinoe has two goals and Julie Johnston has an assist and seven shot attempts. Despite getting to this point, the Unites States has yet to play its best game for 90-plus minutes.
Japan is coming off a 2-1 win over England and looks to win back-to-back women’s titles. Japan also relies on its defense, allowing two goals in its last four matches and seven shots on target in its last three matches. Ayumi Kaihori has come away with seven saves and allowed just one first half goal. Offensively, Japan doesn’t get a ton of looks but has managed to score on five of its last eight shots on target. Aya Miyama leads Japan with two goals and two assists, Saori Ariyoshi has a goal and three shot attempts, while Azusa Iwashimizu has an assist and four shots. Japan is going to play its style of soccer and hope to take advantage of any mistakes the U.S. makes. It’s a style hard to question when it's produced a win in every match.
These have been the two most consistent teams all tournament long, so it’s only right. Both are squads that rely on its defense first, so the under in a championship game is worth a look.
However, the United States has yet to play its best match and has far more offensive weapons to go along with that elite defense. Japan will make it tough, but the U.S. is a little more balanced and should be able to pull out its third World Cup title on the female side.