Women’s World Cup Semifinal Odds, Betting Preview: Netherlands Favored Over Sweden
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- Netherlands will take on Sweden in the semifinal of the 2019 Women's World Cup on Wednesday (3 p.m. ET on FS1 and Telemundo).
- Oddsmakers have opened Netherlands as the slight favorites but Sweden have been dangerous underdogs.
Netherlands vs. Sweden Betting Odds
- To Advance: Netherlands -140, Sweden +125
- Netherlands Moneyline: +135
- Sweden Moneyline: +215
- Draw: +225
- Spread: Netherlands -0.5 (+135)
- Over/Under: 2.5 (u-145)
The Netherlands have opened as the betting favorites for the sixth straight match while Sweden are underdogs for the fourth consecutive game in this World Cup.
Sweden pulled off the biggest outright upset of the tournament to get here with their 2-1 victory over Germany in the quarterfinal. They’re now looking to advance as the underdogs for a third consecutive game.
Other than the Swedes, upsets haven’t been common with underdogs winning just five of 48 matches in regulation (38 by the favorite and five draws).
Netherlands have been one of those favorites continuing to cash as they went undefeated in the group stage and then beat Japan and Italy in the knockout stage. They closed as favorites in every match but were actually available at plus-money in three different games.
It looks like that will be the case once again as they’re currently listed +135 to beat Sweden in regulation.
Oranje line up with their fair share of star players, but have also been propelled by their substitutes making a huge impact in every game. Although the overall squad still hasn’t looked dominating over the course of a 90-minute match, the potential is certainly there.
Sweden are the only team remaining in the World Cup to have suffered a loss/draw, but their 2-0 defeat to USA in the group stage didn’t hurt them at all. It may have even helped, as they were underdogs against Canada in the Round of 16 and then mostly overlooked against Germany in the quarterfinal but still advanced at +200 odds.
Despite facing a 1-0 deficit within 20 minutes on Saturday, they recovered for an impressive 2-1 comeback victory. With momentum gaining as an underdog, the Swedes should attract plenty of public bets over the next few days.
The winner of Netherlands/Sweden will face the winner of USA/England in the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, July 7 at 11 a.m. ET.
With pre-tournament wagers on both USA (+350) and Netherlands (+1500) to win the World Cup, I’m likely not hedging on either of them.