Sunday brings to a close another weekend of NWSL action with clubs in different places after Match Week 8. Legal Canadian and US sportsbooks have action on both matches, so there’s a lot for bettors to consider.
Among that is the number of players on all four clubs in action Sunday that won’t be available due to international duty. It’s a list of the most-talented players in the league.
How to watch, the lines, and schedule for Sunday
All times below are Eastern Daylight Savings and the lines are from PointsBet, valid as of 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday.
- Washington Spirit (+320) at San Diego Wave FC (-110), 5 p.m., Paramount+ (Draw +245)
- Racing Louisville FC (+155) at Orlando Pride (+170), 8 p.m., CBS Sports Network (Draw +240)
Players out on international duty today include the likes of Alex Morgan and Trinity Rodman. Bettors should also note that the Louisville-Orlando match will be played at Daytona International Speedway instead of Exploria Stadium.
Can Washington snap winless streak?
In the first slot, we have San Diego Wave FC clashing against the Washington Spirit. It’ll be the first meeting between the two and the second for San Diego against a club from the Eastern Time Zone.
After losing its first-ever competitive home match in the Challenge Cup in March, San Diego is unbeaten in six straight at home. The Wave are the first club to go unbeaten in their first four regular-season home matches in their inaugural season since the Pride won four straight in 2016 in their first season in the NWSL.
Washington has not won a match since winning its season opener and is now winless in nine straight in league play. It’s the Spirit’s longest winless run since they went 15 consecutive league appearances without a win from May to September in 2018.
Madison Elwell scored her first goal as a professional against Racing in Washington’s most recent match. Since her first start on June 8, Elwell is second on the Spirit in expected goals with 1.32.
Count on some goals being scored in the nightcap
The matchup between these two clubs has been even with both teams collecting 3-1 home wins plus a 1-1 draw in three regular-season games last year. Neither club has been shut out in the matchup in four games in all NWSL competitions.
The Pride have one win in their last 13 home matches going back to June 2021. It’s the club’s longest stretch of home appearances with a single win since joining the NWSL. The only other team with a span of 13 home matches with only one win in NWSL history is the then-named Sky Blue FC.
Racing has scored exactly two goals in each of their last two matches but have not found a win in either. Despite not earning a win in either appearance, it was the first time the club had ever scored multiple goals in consecutive matches in their 43 all-time matches.