Women's World Cup: USA v. England Semi-Final Preview
Women's World Cup: USA v. England Semi-Final Preview

This article is part of our Daily Fantasy Soccer Cheat Sheet series.

The first Women's World Cup semi-final is a matchup of titans, with the no. 1 ranked team in the world facing off against the third. The United States comes in after beating Spain (ranked 13th) in the round of 16 and then France (fourth) in the quarter-final, while England has had an easier path, beating Cameroon (46th) and then Norway (12th) in the knockout rounds. Both teams have been lighting up the scoreboards, with the United States bagging multiple goals in each match, finding the back of the net nine times after opening the tournament with a 13-0 win over Thailand, while England has scored fewer than two goals just once (their 1-0 win over Argentina) and have three consecutive clean sheets.

Unsurprisingly, the U.S. is a -120 favorite on FanDuel Sportsbook to win in regular time and a -260 favorite to advance to the final, with England's odds sitting at +340 and +192, respectively. Oddsmakers are also expecting a tight match despite their high-profile attacks, with the over 2.5 goals at +122 and the under -148.

Despite struggling in her three games since scoring five goals and providing three assists in the World Cup opener, Alex Morgan has the best anytime goal scorer odds in the match at +110, slightly ahead of Megan Rapinoe, who is +115 after scoring two goals in each of the last two games. Rapinoe has been by far the best American player in the tournament, and her role on penalties has obviously lifted

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Andrew M. Laird
Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 and 2018 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Head of DFS Content and Senior Soccer Editor. He is a seven-time FSWA award finalist, including twice for the Football Writer of the Year Award.
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