Women’s World Cup China vs USA Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
China vs USA | Saturday 27 June, 2015 | TD Place Stadium | 19.30
A highly anticipated confrontation awaits the United States on Saturday when they take on China in the Women’s World Cup Semi-finals.
The U.S. did just enough on Monday night to secure a 2-0 victory over Colombia. So far, the survive-and-advance theme has served them well and they now only need three more wins to claim a record third world title.
Coach Jill Ellis’ 4-4-2 formation failed to impress offensively against Colombia, despite the 2-0 final scoreline. Following a promising start to the match, the U.S. went into halftime frustrated.
Attacks were largely ineffective due to poor communication between the midfield and forward lines. The pace was too slow and Colombia’s hardworking players were soon able to claim a foothold, ending the first half as the better side.
“I think the frustrating part is we all want to do well. We’re still trying to find the rhythm, but these four matches are done and I have confidence in this team,” midfielder Carli Lloyd said after the game.
USA head into the match without two starting midfielders, Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday, due to suspension. This is a major concern as Rapinoe has been the team’s best attacking player throughout the World Cup. Holiday is another key member of the attack and her absence in central midfield means Ellis will have to scramble to fill the void.
Coached by Hao Wei, China has advanced this far by playing organized, effective defence and a highly technical style. Apart from a thrilling 2-2 draw against New Zealand in the final group game, the Steel Roses have played exceptionally well.
In the opener, Hao’s side held Canada scoreless for more than 90 minutes before losing on a hotly contested penalty.
Although China and the United States have not met in the World Cup since 1999, they do, however, play regularly and are familiar with each other. In their most recent meeting, a tournament in Brazil in December, they tied, 1-1.
The United States have won the Women’s World Cup twice and never fail to reach at least the semi-finals. This may add pressure on America while the Chinese can play freely.
“It’s going to be a tossup for us because I think the U.S. team will face bigger pressure than we do,” Chinese forward, Wang Shanshan said.
“We have already obtained our initial objective. We just need to go as far as we can. No more pressure.”
Women’s World Cup China vs USA Betting Tips
The absence of both Rapinoe and Holiday – who have offensively been the USA’s best players in this tournament – will hurt the Americans. However, China are the softest opponents that they could have asked for at this stage of the tournament and they should have what it takes to register yet another victory on Saturday.
We are putting our money on a 0-1 U.S. victory priced at 4/1 with Betway.