A quarter of the way through the Olympics, there are still major standoffs to put money on. One of the most anticipated finals is the women’s soccer event. The U.S. women’s soccer team went into the Olympics ranked number one in the world. However, it received a nasty shock when it lost to Sweden just before the start of the Olympic Games. It doesn’t disqualify the U.S. women’s team from winning the gold–they’re still favored to win it all. But it introduces new tension and drama into the U.S. women’s Olympic journey.
We’ll break down the U.S. women’s team’s chances of winning the gold and why they’re so high. We’ll also break down the high points of the United State’s greatest competitors. The first round of women’s soccer matches finished this morning, so this should help bettors make those final selections before bed.
See our complete Olympics Betting Guide.
The Best Ways To Bet On Women’s Soccer
Women’s soccer offers many different ways to bet on the world’s best soccer teams. It’s one of the few Olympic sports with many types of wagers available. Game lines are one of the most approachable ways to bet on women’s soccer. These bets will include a standard set of three game lines: the moneyline, point spread, and over/unders. Bettors can also bet on a three-way money line that includes odds on a draw. Many of these wagers are also available for the end of the first half of the game.
There are many player, team, and game props for bettors to choose from, too. Game props include bets on the first and last teams to score, bets on the precise score, whether someone will score on their own goal, and many others. These are good bets for bettors with intimate knowledge of the teams they’re betting on. It’s hard to call these bets confidently unless bettors know how the teams they’re betting on perform during games. While these are often called “fun” bets, serious fans have the best chance at winning prop bets.
Finally, bettors can bet on women’s soccer futures. These are all-or-nothing bets on who will ultimately win the gold medal. There are also futures on which teams will medal at all. These are good for seeing where the winning probabilities and hype are. However, the best bettors will use play data to make betting decisions, not just first impressions from sportsbook odds.
The Best Women’s Soccer Teams To Bet On
While there’s a lot of talent at the Olympics, there are a few standout teams:
- United States
- Great Britain
The United States and Sweden are the two best women’s soccer teams for obvious reasons. The United States is ranked the best in the world and Sweden beat them in a preliminary match. But a couple of other teams need some explaining.
The Netherlands and Brazil are formidable foes for each other. Their last match ended in a draw when Dutch player, Dominique Janssen, scored the Netherlands’ third goal at minute 79. Both teams fought hard, and they were both favored to win their matches early this morning. Brazil had odds of -2000 to beat Zambia and the Netherlands had odds of -475 to beat China.
Great Britain also has a formidable women’s soccer team. It’s also one of the most interesting. Its team hails from different parts of the U.K., including Scotland, which has a tense and complicated history with England. Great Britain beat Japan 1-0 and was favored to beat Canada early this morning. It’ll be worth watching, too.
Best Women’s Olympic Soccer Picks
Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United States are probably the best three women’s soccer teams to put money on during the Olympics. Brazil was such a sure thing against Zambia that bettors wouldn’t have made much money on the Brazilian women’s soccer team. The odds on the Netherlands and Great Britain’s odds should be high enough to make some money from.
However, the best futures bets are on the United States and Sweden. That’s the rivalry that’s emerged on the women’s soccer field during these Olympics, and those are the two teams with the best chance at the gold this year.
Whoever comes out on top, women’s soccer will be an intense event throughout its remaining matches.