After their defeat to England, the U.S. WNT need to take all three points from their upcoming encounter with France to have any chance of winning this year’s edition of the SheBelieves Cup, being played on home soil (7pm ET Tuesday, Fox Sports 1).
A late strike from Ellen White secured victory for England as Mark Sampson’s side kept their hopes of glory alive with a 1-0 win in Harrison, New Jersey. The manner of the defeat was a major disappointment for Jill Ellis and her players, who looked to have done enough to extend their unbeaten record with a draw before conceding the only goal of the game in the 89th minute.
White’s decisive effort means the United States head into Tuesday evening’s match in second place in the standings, with a single point separating them from opponents France in first place. Victory would see the hosts crowned champions, but only if England fail to beat Germany in the other encounter. Goal difference will be used to separate any sides who are level on points.
It is all set up to be a dramatic day of soccer action at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington D.C. The fact that the United States’ clash with France kicks off three hours later than England’s meeting with Germany means that both of these teams will know exactly what is required for them to win the trophy.
France are the only nation yet to taste defeat at this year’s edition of the SheBelieves Cup, with Les Bleus having already beaten England and drawn with Germany. A draw could therefore be enough for Olivier Echouafni’s charges to secure the prize, but the French will probably target a victory rather than trying to grind out a point. There is a chance that they will be caught in two minds at some point of the match, though, and there is certainly an argument to be made that Team USA’s more straightforward position – only a win will do – is preferable. France will nevertheless aim to make life difficult for the home nation here, as they look to get over the finish line in first place.
USWNT are unlikely to change much after their loss to England. Ellis’ charges actually performed well on the night and were ultimately rather unfortunate to be defeated. A draw would have certainly been a fairer result and the hosts could even have won the match on another day. Rose Lavelle (pictured) will keep her place on left-hand side of midfield after a superb debut performance, with Ellis set to keep faith with the 3-4-1-2 formation that was employed last time out.
France will also be lining up with a three-man backline, with Echouafni having favoured a 3-4-3 setup in his team’s first two matches in America. Wendie Renard, Eve Perisset and Laura Georges will be aiming to keep their opponents’ attacking players quiet in the final third, while at the other end of the pitch forwards Sakina Karchaoui, Marie-Laure Delie and Eugenie Le Sommer will be tasked with converting any opportunities that come their way.
Our Preview’s USA vs France Betting Picks & Predictions
This preview’s prediction is that the United States will squeeze past France and win the SheBelieves Cup for the second year running. Echouafni’s women are solid and tough to break down, but the United States have also been pretty strong defensively and, backed by a partisan home crowd in Washington D.C., should have enough about them to pick up all three points.
This could be a low-scoring affair, though, which is why it is also worth considering putting some money on the game finishing with fewer than 2.5 goals.
Not for the first time in the SheBelieves Cup, the best of the American online betting sites are being too slow to price up their odds for this soccer game. But when they get around to it, our recommended betting picks are:
- USWNT to beat France.
- Fewer than 2.5 goals to be scored in total.