USA Women begins title defense

USA Women begins title defense

USA Women are now ready to defend their title in the FIFA World Cup with a strong start, winning against Vietnam Women. While USA is aiming to defend their title, and win another one, this is the World Cup debut for Vietnam. This is the first time that a team from Vietnam, may it be in women’s or men’s, participated in the World Cup. As for the USA, participating in this contest is not new for them, as they qualified in all editions of the World Cup. In fact, in all their World Cup appearance, they always finished at the last four. On the other hand, although Vietnam does not have an experience in the World Cup, they are aiming to surprise everyone, starting in this tough match. USA and Vietnam will kick-off their campaign on July 22, 2023, at 9:00 AM (GMT+8).

USA Women

Women's World Cup: USA Women
Photo courtesy of Getty IMages

USA is undeniable the most successful team in the Women’s World Cup, considering their finishes in their past appearance. They already won four titles, one runners-up finish, and three third place finish, including their title in 2019. In fact, they also won the title in 2015, so if they could be as dominating as they were, a three-peat is possible. It will be historic for USA, as no teams, even in the Men’s World Cup ever won a three-peat. Coming into this match, they are in a good momentum, winning their last nine matches across all contests. Additionally, when going against a team from AFC at the World Cup, they remain to be unbeaten in their 15 matches. Moreover, USA won against Wales on their friendly match last week, giving them a good momentum here.

Due to her foot injury, it is already confirmed that Becky Sauerbrunn will not be available for the World Cup. With that, Lindsey Horan, and Alex Morgan was left with the responsibility to captain their squad. Additionally, Abby Dahlkemper, Sam Mewis, Christen Press, Caratrina Macario, and Mallory Swanson, are all ruled out due to injuries.

Vietnam Women

Women's World Cup: Vietnam Women
Photo courtesy of Vietnam Football Federation

Vietnam on the other hand is a team who is set to debut in the World Cup through this game, being one of the eight teams to debut here. Vietnam qualified in the contest after bagging the gold in the Southeast Asian Games. This is the first time ever that a Vietnamese senior squad qualified in this prestigious contest. However, it seems like their debut is tougher, as they are going against the defending champions. The fact that they lost their three friendlies before this match adds to their challenges coming into this match. In fact, they had a devastating 9-0 loss against Spain Women during their friendlies. Additionally, when going against teams from UEFA, CONCACAF, and CONMEBOL, Vietnam are actually winless. Nonetheless, expect that the Vietnamese squad will make the most out of their debut in the World Cup.

Tran Thi Kim Than is expected to start in goal for the Vietnamese squad. Moreover, Tran Ti Thu Thao, Luong Thi Thu Thuong, Le Thi Diem My, Tran Thi Thu, and Hoang Thi Loan are all expected to lead in defense.

Prediction:

USA Women (3.0)
Odds: -0.95

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