United States vs Thailand Preview - FIFA Women’s World Cup

Friday, June 7th, 2019

By Jonathan Willis
2019 FIFA Womens World Cup United States vs Thailand

The United States are massive favorites coming into their opening Women’s World Cup match against Thailand on Tuesday. The USWNT are the largest favorite that I can recall at this competition, as they handed the Chaba Kaew their worst loss ever less than three years ago. Carli Lloyd, Christen Press, and Heather O’Reilly all netted goals in the first five minutes to lead the Stars and Stripes to a 9-0 rout of Thailand. They will look to put this game away early once again.

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United States vs. Thailand

Date and Time: June 11, 2019, 3 p.m. ET

Location: Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims, France

US Television Coverage: FOX

Betting Line: United States -4.5 and -5, O/U 5 and 5.5

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Thailand have qualified for the World Cup for the second straight time. They failed to make it out of the Group Stage back in 2015, but they did get their first ever win at this competition, beating Ivory Coast 3-2. Orathai Srimanee scored a brace in the win, and she is back this year.

Their results over the last 10 months have been pretty disheartening. The Chaba Kaew have lost 11 of their last 12 matches, with the lone win coming over Hungary. Thailand have lost five straight matches ahead of this event, and they lost by three or more goals in each of their last four games.

Meanwhile, the USWNT are 20-3-1 in their last 24 matches. They are the favorites to win the World Cup, and they are looking to win it for the fourth time. Before heading to France, they beat their last four opponents by a combined score of 17-0.

There are a few concerns though. While the United States mostly smashed their competition, the other elite teams in the world gave them problems. At the SheBelieves Cup, England and Japan each held the USWNT to a 2-2 draw, and they gave up three goals in a friendly against Australia back in March. The biggest blip was against France in January though, as the French beat the Americans 3-1 in Le Havre.

United States Player to Watch

Megan Rapinoe is one of the co-captains for the USWNT, and she figures to have a big impact on Tuesday. Rapinoe is not a scorer like Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, or Christen Press, instead functioning in more of a set-up role. She is great at setting up her teammates, and I’d be surprised if she didn’t have multiple assists in this game.

Thailand Player to Watch

Suchawadee Nildhamrong (known as Miranda Nild in the US) is the most talented player on Thailand. She showed that she has the skill to play at a high level during her time with the California Golden Bears, and the midfielder has shined with the national team. Suchawadee has netted 12 goals in 17 appearances with Thailand.

United States vs. Thailand Free Picks

It seems crazy to lay this many goals, especially considering how the USWNT had trouble finishing in the final third ahead of this event. However, Thailand’s struggles have been well-documented, and there is another factor to consider too.

The Americans are much bigger than the Chaba Kaew. Thailand are a largely undersized team, and they can get pushed off the ball rather easily. The USWNT will take advantage of that size disparity with their veterans, as they essentially name the score. If this match were later in the Group Stage, maybe the Americans wouldn’t run it up, but the first match is too early to take your foot of the pedal.

United States vs. Thailand Prediction: United States 7, Thailand 0

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