The FIFA Women’s World Cup starts next week in Australia and New Zealand with one clear favorite.
It is a safe and easy choice to rock chalk with USA, who are +225 to win the whole thing, according to Caesars Sportsbook. The Americans are attempting to win a fifth World Cup championship with an unprecedented three-peat. It will also be the final World Cup for star Megan Rapinoe and the first time we will see young faces such as Trinity Rodman, Sophia Smith and Alyssa Thompson take the pitch on the sport’s biggest stage.
And that could be trouble for Team USA.
When the roster came out, there were a lot of familiar names left off because of injuries: Becky Sauerbrunn, Mallory Swanson, Tobin Heath and Christen Press. Not having those players creates a lack of chemistry, because new players will be coming into a system many have spent years in.
Also, depending on how deep in the tournament the USA will go, the team will rely on players like Alex Morgan, Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle a lot more, which could make them tired sooner, especially if coach Vlatko Andonovski is playing this World Cup with a short rotation. The World Cup is a long tournament, and preserving the legs of top players for the finals will be key.
FIFA has Germany ranked No. 2 in the World behind Team USA. The Germans won the World Cup back-to-back in 2003 and 2007. They are close but can’t quite reach the top of the mountain and will want to prove themselves on the world stage.
The Canadian team shocked the USA in the Olympics 1-0 in the semifinal round in 2021. While they have not done well in friendlies, Canada might have the experience to advantage of the youth and tight play that Team USA has.
World Cup Finals prediction: United States 2, Germany 1
2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup odds
South Korea +10000
New Zealand +15000
South Africa +50000
Costa Rica +50000