There are plenty of storylines for bettors and fans to consider among today’s three NWSL matches. There’s a club with an interim manager, another that is a stalwart at home, and yet another off to its best start for a season ever.
For bettors, it’s important to consider how these and other facts will affect the outcomes of the contests. Ascertaining those effects could prove the difference between cashing out and losing part of your bankroll.
How to watch, the lines, and schedule for Sunday
- OL Reign (+180) at San Diego Wave FC (+140), 5 p.m. (Draw +250)
- Orlando Pride (+550) at Chicago Red Stars (-225), 6 p.m. (Draw +360)
- Portland Thorns FC (+175) at Houston Dash (+165), 7 p.m. (Draw +200)
Getting into each match, there are some trends for bettors to consider. Recent form and goal-scoring comprise most of the relevant information for handicapping.
Can OL Reign stem road troubles Sunday?
San Diego lost on the road against OL Reign just over a week ago. Including the Challenge Cup, San Diego has conceded five goals while scoring just two in the three meetings between the clubs.
Meanwhile, Laura Harvey’s club has yet to win an away match this season after playing three road matches. The 0.33 points per away match played is second-fewest behind the Kansas City Current with one point in four away matches.
Not a single Reign player had more than one shot in the club’s loss to Chicago on Saturday. It was just the fourth time the club had zero players with multiple shots.
Is Chicago invincible at home?
Chicago won in Orlando earlier this season and has won three regular-season matches in a row against the Pride going back to last October. The only other club against which the Red Stars have an active streak of three consecutive wins is the Kansas City Current.
Chicago has lost only one of its last 12 home matches in all NWSL competitions, including starting the regular season unbeaten in four straight matches.
Orlando is coming off a 5-0 loss to the Houston Dash on Friday. It’s the second time this season the Pride have conceded at least four goals in a match, making them the first NWSL club to have two such matches within their first seven matches of a season.
On Saturday, Sydney Leroux joined Rose Lavelle and Ashley Sanchez as the only players this season to take at least seven shots in a single match without scoring a goal. The only other player in Pride history to take at least seven shots in a match without scoring is Chioma Ubogagu in April 2017.
Will Dash keep their strong form alive?
When the Dash and Thorns met earlier this season in Portland, Houston came away with a 2-0 win. It was Houston’s second-ever multi-goal win in league play in the fixture and the Dash are looking to win consecutive matches against the Thorns for the first time since joining the league in 2014.
The Dash are unbeaten in six straight matches. This run equals the longest regular season unbeaten streak in Houston history.
The Thorns saw a two-goal lead slip away in the final 10 minutes in a 2-2 draw with the Wave on Wednesday. It was the first time in club history that the Thorns failed to win a regular-season match after leading by two goals in the 80th minute or later, ending a run of 50 straight wins from that position.
Houston’s strong start to the season has come on the back of its excellent defense. The Dash have allowed just three goals in seven matches this season, tied with Gotham FC in 2021 for the fewest goals allowed at this stage of a season in NWSL history.