Two matches will continue the midweek action in the NWSL and both have a lot of info to dissect. Legal Canadian and US sportsbooks have their favorites to win the matches, so bettors need to consider whether they agree.
These matches put many of the league’s top goal scorers on the pitch against each other. Thus, defenses will have their work cut out for them in trying to help their respective keepers earn clean sheets.
How to watch, the lines, and schedule for Wednesday
All times below are Eastern Daylight Savings. The 3-way moneylines are from FanDuel as of early Wednesday morning.
- Washington Spirit (+200) at Chicago Red Stars (+125), 8 p.m., Twitch, (Draw +24o)
- Portland Thorns FC (+130) at San Diego Wave FC (+195), 10 p.m., CBS Sports Network (Draw +24o)
Each of these matchups has already occurred at least once in this regular season or within the 2022 Challenge Cup. Whether those results will play out the same on Wednesday night could be a different matter, though.
Chicago’s recent form challenges Spirit’s struggles
In the first rematch of the 2021 NWSL Championship match, the clubs met on June 1 with the match ending in a 1-1 draw. Chicago has lost just once in its last 13 regular-season matches against the Spirit.
The Red Stars are unbeaten in four straight matches. However, Chicago hasn’t put together consecutive wins in all NWSL competitions yet this season. The last time a Red Stars side did that was a five-match run that took them to last season’s NWSL Championship match.
Washington’s last match extended its winless run to six matches, equaling the third-longest single-season winless run in club history. The Spirit’s only two longer runs without a regular-season win came in May-August 2013 (13 matches) and most recently May-September 2018 (15 matches).
Meanwhile, Mallory Pugh continued her strong start to the season on Saturday, scoring the lone goal in the Chicago win. Pugh has four goals in her first four league appearances this season. Only Christen Press scored more in her first four matches of a season in Red Stars history.
All three of Washington’s defeats this season in all NWSL competitions have been by a one-goal margin. The Spirit haven’t lost by multiple goals in 10 months, which coincidentally, was their last trip to Chicago.
Can Portland repeat its Challenge Cup performance?
The Thorns and Wave met twice in the Challenge Cup with Portland winning each match by a goal. When playing an NWSL club for the first time in the regular season, Portland has eight wins in 14 matches.
San Diego ended a four-match road trip with a 2-2 draw at the Kansas City Current on Saturday, finishing the trip with a win, a draw, and two losses. The Wave have lost only one of their five all-time home matches in NWSL competitions. That one loss was at the feet of the Thorns, though.
Portland is coming off its league-leading second win this season by three or more goals. That was also the club’s 19th all-time regular-season win by at least three goals, the most in NWSL history.
Alex Morgan scored both goals on Saturday and has now scored eight times in seven regular-season matches in 2022. Only Sam Kerr (nine for Chicago in 2019) has scored more goals in the first seven appearances of a season in NWSL history.
With her brace in Friday’s win over ACFC, Christine Sinclair now has 57 goals for her NWSL career. That ties her with Lynn Williams for second-most in league history (behind Kerr’s 77). The 57 goals are the most any NWSL player has had with a single club.