The No. 1 ranked women’s team in the world, the United States, suffered a shock loss to open up the Olympic women’s football tournament. The Yanks fell 3-0 to Sweden in a game they created very little in going forward. It wasn’t necessarily a shock that the United States lost to Sweden, rather it was the manner and scoreline in which the defeat occurred.

Sweden are now the only team to take points off of the United States in 2021 and they did it twice. Now, the United States are in a must-win match as they go up against New Zealand on matchday 2 of Group G.

The Football Ferns lost 2-1 to Australia on the opening day of the Olympic women’s tournament. The game was not as close as the scoreline suggests, however. Australia were up 2-0 by halftime thanks to goals from Tamek Yallop and Samantha Kerr. Gabrielle Rennie scored New Zealand’s lone goal in second half stoppage-time.

New Zealand are ranked No. 22 in the world. They are the lowest ranked team in Group G. The Yanks are favourites going into the game on Saturday in Saitama. Our prediction and betting tips will help you make a wise decision when betting on the match between New Zealand and the United States.

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The Yanks are heavy favourites going into the game on Saturday. Leading sportsbooks’ best betting odds are set at 1/16 for the United States to win versus New Zealand. The Americans should be far better than they were versus Sweden, who outplayed the United States from the first whistle. While some of the better teams at the Olympics, such as Australia or the Netherlands, should do well versus the Americans, New Zealand are unlikely to deliver a winning performance.

 

Sportsbooks’ betting odds for New Zealand are at 16/1 to pull off the shock of shocks. New Zealand just don’t have the talent to compete with the United States and pull off a victory. While the Football Ferns lost by just one goal to Australia, they weren’t in the game as much as the scoreline indicates. New Zealand should have even fewer scoring opportunities against the United States on matchday 2 of Group G.

The Yanks need a win to have any chance of finishing first or second in the group. To be honest, the United States are just hoping to end as one of the best third-place teams in the group to qualify for the quarterfinals.

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The idea that Vlatko Andonovski’s team would be bottom of Group G after the first matchday was foreign to all involved in women’s football. The Americans conceded three times without reply to Sweden. Give the Swedes credit, they defended brilliantly and when the Americans breached the defence, the post came to the rescue.

Andonovski’s team were poor in the final third, which was in complete contrast to the number of stars on the pitch for the Yanks. But that is possibly the Americans' problem, there are too many stars on the pitch. Megan Rapinoe could start the match versus New Zealand after impressing off the subs bench. However, her lack of tracking back resulted in Sweden getting shooting opportunities.

Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan could both make way for matchday 2. Neither looked up to the pace of the game versus Sweden. Perhaps the Americans’ biggest issue is the development of football around the world. The Americans, although still the best in the world at women’s football, are being caught up by other national sides.

France, Sweden, England, Germany, and soon Japan, all have women’s leagues in which the players are paid full-time. In Europe, the ladies are playing against the best talent in the world. In the USA’s NWSL, although it attracts players from other countries, it is a very insular league.

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In the teams’ two most recent meetings, played in 2016 and 2019, the United States won both matches. The Americans won by a combined score of 7-0 in the two matches played against the Football Ferns.

The United States should have a fire lit underneath them after the game on Wednesday. They finished the 2016 Olympics in fifth place, the lowest finish to a Summer Games tournament for the team. It was the first time the Yanks had failed to make the semifinal.

New Zealand Women vs USA Women Prediction

USA to win to nil 2/7 - BET NOW

 

 

The United States opening match with Sweden ended 3-0. It wasn’t a win for the Yanks, rather it was a shock loss. Now, needing to win to have hope of qualifying for the next round, our prediction is that the Americans will claim a victory and keep a clean sheet in the process.

 

Megan Rapinoe to score anytime

Megan Rapinoe did not start versus Sweden. She was a victim of the Americans' excess of top-quality players. Her second half performance was good enough to earn a starting spot for matchday 2. Rapinoe is the United States’ penalty specialist. If the Yanks get a penalty with her on the pitch, Rapinoe is likely to take it.

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 1/3 - BET NOW

 

 

The United States scored seven goals over the course of their last two matches versus New Zealand. Both teams played out matchday 1 games in which over 2.5 goals were scored, so it is likely this weekend’s game between the two nations will end with more than 2.5 scores. Four of the six games at the women’s football tournament have finished with over 2.5 goals. The only group not to see high-scoring games was Group E.

 

The United States should rebound well and put matchday 1 behind them with a sizable win versus New Zealand. The Yanks have a point to prove following their loss to Sweden. America may not win gold this summer, but they will get back into the hunt for quarterfinal qualification.