Despite many of the league's top stars competing at the Tokyo Olympics, the 2021 NWSL season continues on Saturday with a battle between two teams in the middle of the 2021 NWSL standings. The North Carolina Courage will host the Orlando Pride at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast live on Paramount+. The Courage are currently fifth in the NWSL table with 17 points, while the Pride are seventh with 16.
Both teams have shown a penchant for scoring late goals, with the Pride scoring eight of their 14 goals this season in the 61st minute or later, while the Courage have scored seven of their 15 goals in the final 30 minutes plus stoppage time. North Carolina is the -165 money-line favorite (risk $165 to win $100) in the latest Courage vs. Pride odds. Orlando is listed as a +390 underdog, while a draw is priced at +340 in the Saturday NWSL odds.
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How to watch North Carolina Courage vs. Orlando Pride
- Date: Saturday, July 31
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Streaming: Paramount+
NWSL picks for North Carolina Courage vs. Orlando Pride
Before you tune in to Saturday's NWSL match, you need to see the NWSL picks from women's soccer expert Sandra Herrera. She is CBS Sports' women's soccer analyst and has been reporting on the game for more than five years. Providing insight both internationally and domestically, she has covered local markets, NWSL drafts and NWSL finals. She knows the women's game inside and out.
For Orlando Pride vs. North Carolina Courage, Herrera sees two struggling teams battling to a draw for a hefty +340 payout. The three points hanging in the balance could be critical for both sides as they look to tread water with the Pride missing leading scorer Alex Morgan and the Courage missing leading scorer Lynn Williams, both on national team duty for the USWNT.
The Courage will also be missing the services of Sam Mewis (USA) and Debinha (Brazil), while the Pride are without legendary Brazilian midfielder Marta. However, both sides will have their starting goalkeepers (Casey Murphy and Ashlyn Harris). The Pride will also benefit from the experience of Ali Krieger in their back line after she was left off the Team USA Olympic roster.
"The North Carolina Courage are coming off a recent scoreless draw against Kansas City and are winless in their last three matches. A recent trade has added another attacking piece in Amy Rodriguez," Herrera told SportsLine. "Barring any injury setbacks to long time Courage forward Jess McDonald, the two veteran forwards could get the Courage back in the win column."
"The Orlando Pride are coming off a 2-0 loss against OL Reign and are currently winless in their last five matches. The team also recently parted ways with head coach Marc Skinner, and this will be the first match for interim head coach Becky Burleigh, so Orlando could be playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulders in this match."
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