USA vs Netherlands prediction, Fifa Women’s World Cup Final 2019: LIVE stream, UK TV, odds, USA will be aiming to both successfully defend their World Cup title and win the competition for a fourth time when they face the Netherlands in Lyon today.
== MATCH INFO ==
World Cup Women 2019
Team : USA vs Netherlands
Date : Sunday, July 7
Start Time : 11:00 Am Et
The Dutch had to battle through extra-time against Sweden, eventually progressing 1-0 following a goal from new Manchester United recruit Jackie Groenen.
Midfielder Danielle Van De Donk believes Holland can rise to the challenge, as the European champions look to upset the form book. She said: “They’re basically already congratulating us on finishing in second place. I love it, let them say what they want to say.
The USA recalled winger Megan Rapinoe after she sat out the semi-final win over England.
USA: The defending champion bulldozed its way through the group stage of the tournament, starting with a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand in its WC opener. Sweden and Chile were sterner opponents but succumbed to the fiery American frontline, with the USA beating Chile 3-0 and Sweden 2-0, to set up a round-of-16 tie with Spain.
This fixture was the first real test of the American defence which hadn’t been rattled at all in the group stage. Nevertheless USA took the game 2-1. In its quarterfinal tie against host France, Megan Rapinoe’s heroics helped seal a 2-1 victory.
USA’s hardest fixture was its semifinal against the Lionesses. Going into the game sans Rapinoe, who sat out with a strained hamstring, the title holders scored quickly with Christen Press finding the net. Alex Morgan joined in with her sixth goal of the tournament. Ellen White’s sixth pegged one back for England but was not enough to deny the Americans a victory.
Rapinoe, who has scored five goals in helping the US to reach their fifth World Cup final, missed the semis because of a slight hamstring strain.
Meanwhile, Netherlands have been handed a huge boost with Lieke Martens fit to start.
Martens, the 2017 world player of the year, aggravated a toe injury celebrating her late last-16 penalty winner vs Japan and has been in and out of training since.
However, she made the cut to feature in the European champions’ first ever World Cup final.
They may be European champions, but very few expected the Dutch to reach this stage. Their progress since 2015, when they first qualified for a World Cup, has been remarkable and they will be major underdogs. The fact their semi went to extra time may also count against The Netherlands.
Holders USA are aiming to become the first side from outside Europe to win successive World Cup titles.
BBC Sport has live coverage of every match on television, via the red button and through the BBC Sport website.
The final will be broadcast live on BBC One with coverage beginning at 3:30pm, and streamed online via the BBC iPlayer.