The Ireland women’s soccer team is set to take on the United States in an international friendly match on August 3rd, 2020. This will be the first time the two sides have met since 2016, when the U.S. won 5-0. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re thinking about placing a bet on this match.
The Ireland women’s soccer team is currently ranked #28 in the world by FIFA, while the United States is ranked #1. In their last meeting, the U.S. won 5-0, but that was nearly four years ago and both teams have changed quite a bit since then. Here are a few things to consider before placing your bet:
The United States comes into this match in red-hot form, having won all three of their matches in the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. They also haven’t lost a competitive match since November of 2019, when they fell to England in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Semi-Finals. Meanwhile, Ireland has only played one match so far in 2020 (a 1-0 loss to Italy), and haven’t fared well against top-ranked opponents in recent years, losing 4-0 to Germany and 6-0 to England in 2019.
Both teams will be without some key players due to injury. The United States will be without Alex Morgan ( who is pregnant) and Megan Rapinoe (knee), while Ireland will be missing team captain Katie McCabe (Achilles) and striker Amber Barrett (hamstring).
This match will be played at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, which means Ireland will have the home advantage. That could prove to be crucial, as the United States has not fared well in Europe lately, losing 2-1 to France and 3-1 to England in 2019.
The United States is clearly the better team on paper, but playing in Europe is always tough for them and Ireland will have home advantage. With that being said, I think the safe bet here is on the United States winning by at least two goals. But if you’re feeling daring, Ireland could be worth a small wager as they could easily keep this match closer than expected thanks to playing on their home turf.