Women's World Cup semifinals preview: Americans take on England

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July 2nd, 2019

The scene shifts to Lyon on Tuesday for the semifinal round of the Women's World Cup. The four remaining teams will fight to see who makes it to Sunday's title game in Lyon, while the losers will have to settle for the third-place match in Nice on Saturday.

England vs. United States, Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET

(England +340, USA -130, Draw +270)

The United States might be the defending champion, but England has made back-to-back World Cup semifinals. The Americans looked terrific at times against host nation France in their 2-1 victory Friday. Megan Rapinoe has scored the last four goals for the U.S. and has carried the team on her back. The defense has also held up when the pressure mounted, with Crystal Dunn and Becky Sauerbrunn leading the back line with some remarkable defensive stands.

The Americans will have to contend with an English team that has been impressive throughout the tournament. The Lionesses took care of business against Norway with ease in the quarterfinals, and they're hungry to reach their first final.

The key to this match will be in the midfield. With all yellow cards wiped out, expect Lindsey Horan to get the start for the United States. When Horan is in the field, the U.S. holds possession well, and that will lead to great scoring chances.

The United States is the best team in the world, and despite some hiccups along the way, the Americans have only allowed two goals during this World Cup. Look for the Americans to outlast England 2-1 (+775) to book their spot in the final.

Netherlands vs. Sweden, Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET

(Netherlands +125, Sweden +225, Draw +220)

The Netherlands has reached its first World Cup semifinal, but will have its work cut out against a Sweden team that upset Germany on Saturday. The Oranje have Leike Martens leading them, but Sweden will be too strong and will punch its ticket to the final with a 3-1 victory (+1925).

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