It's a massive match for both sides when the United States Women's National Team and Portugal square off Tuesday at Eden Stadium in a 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup showdown. The USWNT (1-1-0) need at least a draw to assure advancement to the knockout stage, while Portugal (1-0-1) could shock the world. The Portuguese enter the final group-stage matches just one point behind the Americans and the Netherlands (1-1-0) in the Group E table after beating Vietnam 2-0 on Wednesday. The USWNT and the Dutch played to a 1-1 draw and are tied atop the table. The Netherlands beat Portugal 1-0 in their opener, while the Americans defeated Vietnam 3-0, so the USWNT have a two-goal advantage in the tiebreaker. They would need to maintain that margin to advance should both teams lose. The Dutch take on Vietnam at the same time Tuesday.
Kickoff in Auckland, New Zealand is set for 3 a.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the United States as -410 favorites (risk $410 to win $100) in its latest USWNT vs. Portugal odds. Portugal are +1200 underdogs, while a draw is priced at +420 and the over/under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before making any USA vs. Portugal picks or Women's World Cup bets, be sure to see what proven SportsLine soccer insider Jon Eimer is saying.
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Now, Eimer has taken an in-depth look at Portugal vs. USA match and just locked in his picks and Women's World Cup predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines for USWNT vs. Portugal:
- USWNT vs. Portugal spread: USWNT -1.5 (-115)
- USWNT vs. Portugal over/under: 2.5 goals
- USWNT vs. Portugal money line: Portugal +1200, USWNT -410, Draw +420
- Portugal: They have a 32-10 goal advantage in their past 15 games (10-2-3).
- USWNT: They are 10-1-0 in their past 11 games, with a 21-3 goal advantage.
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Why you should back the USWNT
The Americans needed a better result against the Dutch, but they were the superior team and certainly have more talent and depth than Portugal. The USWNT have amassed 46 shots in the first two games, but they have struggled to put them on target, with just 11 forcing a save. That can be remedied, and with the likes of Sophia Smith, Alex Morgan and Rose Lavelle, the U.S. side has plenty of scoring options. Smith, 22, has 14 goals in 32 USWNT matches, while Lavelle has 24 in 90 games. Lavelle is on limited minutes, but she provided the assist that saved Wednesday's game.
Lavelle took the corner kick that Lindsey Horan buried with a header in the 63rd minute. Horan had barely missed a similar chance earlier. Horan's goal gave the team a clear spark, and she is one of many vocal leaders on the USWNT who will keep the team focused in this match. She and Morgan are among the six American players with at least 100 caps. Morgan has 121 goals in 209 matches, and defender/midfielder Julie Ertz (120 caps) is a stalwart on the back end. Trinity Rodman, 20, and Alyssa Thompson, 18, are among the youngsters with the pace to be trouble for Portugal's back line. See which team to pick here.
Why you should back Portugal
The Portuguese aren't under much pressure and come in off a major accomplishment. They are in their first World Cup and already have a dominant victory. They made quick work of Vietnam on Wednesday, taking a 2-0 lead midway through the first half and cruising to the victory. They outshot the Vietnamese 29-5 (9-1 on net) and held the ball for 70% of the match. Portugal also didn't back down against the Dutch after going down 13 minutes in. They struggled to find shots, but goalkeeper Ines Pereira kept it close enough and Telma Encarnacao nearly equalized in the 82nd minute.
Encarnacao then scored the first World Cup goal in team history against Vietnam, and Kika Nazareth tallied the second eight minutes later. Nazareth, 20, and Encarnacao, 21, have brought youthful energy to a team that has been building toward this moment for almost a decade. Manager Francisco Neto has taken Portugal to their first two Euros and now has them playing on the biggest stage. Ana Borges is the all-time leader with 159 caps, one of 11 players on the side with at least 100. Tatiana Pinto (102) is the heart of the attack, and she has 12 goals for Levante this season. See which team to pick here.
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