Women's World Cup Final: Latest Odds, Expert Predictions for USWNT Vs Netherlands

And then there were two. Only the Netherlands separate the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) from an unprecedented fourth World Cup title.

The defending champions beat England 2-1 in the semifinals on Tuesday to book their place in the biggest game in women's soccer for the third consecutive World Cup and the fifth overall.

Goals from Christen Press and Alex Morgan either side of Ellen White's equalizer were enough to tame the Lionesses and give the U.S. the chance to defend its title for the first time.

The Netherlands, meanwhile, reached their first ever World Cup final after beating Sweden 1-0 in extra time, courtesy of Jackie Groenen's goal.

The Oranjeleeuwinnen arrive into the final as the underdogs but in Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema they have the caliber of players capable of winning any game, as their European Championship triumph in 2017 showed.

The good news for the U.S., who haven't played the Netherlands since 2016 and last lost to them in 1991, is that captain Megan Rapinoe is expected to be fit for Sunday.

Rapinoe scored twice against Spain in the round of 16 and repeated the feat against France in the quarterfinals but was sidelined with a hamstring strain for the semifinals.

However, after the game against England she was adamant she would be available for the final.

"It just wasn't going to be ready for today," she told ESPN.

"But it's feeling much better today and I plan to be ready for the final."

Here's what experts believe will decide the game on Sunday.

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Players of USA line up for team photos prior to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2 in Lyon, France. Zhizhao Wu/Getty

Hope Solo—Team USA goalkeeper 2000-2016.

Despite reaching a third consecutive World Cup final, Solo believes the U.S. have failed to fulfill their potential.

"This has what got me in the trouble in the past with my comments towards the United States because I don't like that kind of football from Jill Ellis," she told BBC's Football Daily Podcast.

"That's in our DNA; we have a history of falling back defensively. We are a good enough team to keep possession to go after another attack, to pass the ball around. But I think that fear starts with the leader, your manager.

Dion Dublin—BBC Sports pundit

The Netherlands might be European champions but the former England striker doesn't expect them to trouble USWNT in the final.

"USA have got their hands on it already for me, these teams are miles apart. It should be a walk in the park," he said.

Alyssa Roenigk—ESPN

USWNT captain Megan Rapinoe should be fit to play after suffering a hamstring strain, while Lieke Martens is nursing a toe injury and Roenigk believes injuries could play a vital role in deciding the game.

"Both teams boast an impressiveand rotatingfront three and an exciting, fast-paced attack. Unfortunately, both teams have seen injuries to their star forwards, so the next few rest days will be crucial in deciding the outcome of Sunday's final."

Avi Creditor—Sports Illustrated

The U.S. are the best team in the tournament and Creditor suggests the Netherlands must manage the game to perfection to give themselves a chance.

"For the Netherlands to last the distance, it will require not expending a ton of energy at the start, when the U.S. is sure to be looking for yet another early goal, all while smartly managing the game and not falling into the USA's trap of controlled chaos."

Roger Gonzalez—CBS Sports

Against England, Alex Morgan was on target for the first time since she scored five goals in the 13-0 rout of Thailand in the opening game. It's a timely return to form, which Gonzalez believes could be crucial on Sunday.

"Getting her back on the score sheet boosts her confidence, and having a confident striker entering a final can do wonders," he said.

"If she's back to her prolific scoring ways, then watch out."

Alex Morgan scores her first goal since the opening game and retakes the lead in the Golden Boot race (6 goals, 3 assists)

She's the first player in #FIFAWWC history to score on her birthday 🎂 pic.twitter.com/EGWBNIyaxI

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 2019


World Cup finals are traditionally hard to predict but the bookmakers have USWNT as the clear favorite to lift the trophy at 2/9, while the Netherlands is a 3/1 outsider.

Since the tournament's inception in 1991, three of the seven World Cup finals played have gone onto extra time and two of them have been decided by a penalty shootout. Incidentally, both of them involved the U.S. but bookmakers expect the defending champions to get the job done in 90 minutes on Sunday.

According to Oddschecker, USWNT is a 4/9 favorite to win in regulation, while the Netherlands is a 7/1 outsider and the draw is at 3/1.