FIFA Window Ends With SheBelieves Cup And Friendlies In South America

Written By Antonio Maza on February 23, 2022

The February FIFA window comes to an end with interesting matches to enjoy and bet on. From one side, we have two of the biggest nations in South America going head-to-head while they prepare for the Copa América as the USWNT looks to secure another win in the SheBelieves Cup.

That means there are several matches for bettors to consider today at Canadian and US legal sportsbooks. All of them feature heavy favorites on 3-way moneyline bets and that’s why they’re worth a look.

Argentina v. Colombia part II

In its sole friendly, Argentina will visit Colombia for the second time this window. In the first meeting on Sunday, the two sides played to a 2-2 draw on Sunday. While that match was played in Cali this one now will be in the more humid Bucaramanga.

Both teams are in the final sprint before heading to the Copa América, which Colombia will host. That tournament offers places for the World Cup and the pre-Olympic tournament. That will make this more than a simple friendly, with a lot of history and rivalry between these two teams.

On Sunday, Argentina was able to get a really late draw thanks to a goal by debutant Chiara Singarella. The reality of the stats shows us that Colombia was the dominant team during the game with more possession (64.5%), more shots (17 to 5), and greater expected goals (1.74 to 0.25).

Despite the draw, Argentina has been struggling to find its footing in the final third. Colombia historically doesn’t win against Argentina, however, since a 1-0 win in the 2015 Panamerican Games. Thus, the Albiceleste are on a two-win, three-draw streak against Las Cafeteras.

But to make this more difficult to bet upon, Colombia comes in with better form. It has no losses in its last five matches, including friendlies against Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay. Argentina is on their second-longest run without a win on official friendlies of 10 tests in a row. It did win against Venezuela in a 45-minute friendly and against Chivas de Guadalajara, but they don’t count for FIFA.

Colombia is the overwhelming favorite for this game at both BetMGM and FanDuel. It will be a close game with goals for sure (the last two games between these two teams ended 2-2) so a bet of Over 2.5 goals could be worth some investigation.

USWNT goes for SheBelieves Cup title again

Moving on, we have the final round for the SheBelieves Cup. In the first match, New Zealand faces the Czech Republic. The All-Whites have been disappointing – with some bad luck with a few own goals – in what looks like a continuation of their form during the Olympics.

Meanwhile, the Czech Republic appears to be a solid team that was able to hold out for a draw against the United States and have shown a good deal of quality, at least with the tools at their disposal.

These two countries have never met in women’s soccer, so it’s a bit more difficult to know where to go. FanDuel puts the Czech Republic as the favorite. However, this might be a very tight match with few goals.

Finally, Iceland and the United States will face each other to see who’s gonna win the cup for 2022. The nordic team has the advantage, winning the tournament with just a draw. Meanwhile, the USWNT will surely go all out and seize the push from their fans to win this game to clinch yet another trophy in its cabinet.

The United States has shown a better face against New Zealand, with a dominant 5-0 win. As a team, they’re still trying to make all the pieces work, though. The key for this team is to score early and fast.

If they can do that the floodgates might open. If not, there’s a chance the Icelandic team can hold them to another stalemate or maybe a low-scoring affair. For that reason, paying attention to that and trying to check how Iceland is defending would be wise if you’re an eager live bettor.

In fact, the last two times the United States has drawn 0-0 at halftime, they couldn’t score in the second half.

Iceland is on a great run of form, with six matches in a row getting all the points. That stretch includes an impressive 2-0 win against Japan in a friendly. They have kept a clean sheet in five of those matches, a run that ended in their match against the Czech Republic three days ago. It’s a tough team with talent at its disposal and tactical awareness.

Nonetheless, Vlatko Andonovski‘s team is still the favorite. Don’t be surprised if Iceland is able to find their way into the scoresheet, but like a said, it’s a good idea to get a feel for the match live before putting down any cash.

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