Two Euros Matches, Two NWSL Matches For Soccer Bettors Sunday

Written By Antonio Maza on July 17, 2022

Sunday has no rest for soccer fans, with 2022 UEFA Women’s European Championship and NWSL regular-season action on tap. Group C of the European competition will define the teams that will go to the next round and then four NWSL clubs take the pitch looking for points.

All the Euros squads in action Sunday have a chance to qualify for the knockouts if they can secure points as well. Legal Canadian and US sportsbooks have action available on all four matches.

How to watch, schedule, and the lines for Sunday

All times below are Eastern Daylight Savings. The lines are from FanDuel and valid as of 8 a.m. EDT on Sunday.

  • Euros: Sweden (-320) vs. Portugal (+700), Noon, ESPN, (Draw +430)
  • Euros: The Netherlands (-300) vs. Switzerland, Noon, ESPN (Draw +410)
  • NWSL: Orlando Pride (+400) at Washington Spirit (-145), 5 p.m., Paramount+ (Draw +270)
  • NWSL: OL Reign (+140) at Kansas City Current (+190), 7 p.m., Paramount+ (Draw +230)

Can the Swedes continue their success against Portugal Sunday?

Sweden meets Portugal for the first time in the Euros and the first in any competition since February when Sweden won 4-0. Sweden has won its last two matches against Portugal, both in friendlies. The Swedes’ last loss to Portugal came in March 2019.

Sweden has only lost two of its 20 group stage matches at the Euros and has won its final group match at four of the previous six editions. Portugal has scored twice in its two group stage matches at this year’s Euros but won neither.

No team has ever scored two or more goals in three consecutive matches without winning in the history of this tournament. Sweden had six shots on target in its 2-1 win over Switzerland, the team’s most in a Euros match since 2013 against Iceland. Four came via Stina Blackstenius.

All but one of Portugal’s 12 shots on target at the 2022 Euros so far have come in the second half of games. Their only attempt on target in the opening 45 minutes came from the penalty spot. Portugal is also yet to keep a clean sheet at the Euros in five previous matches, conceding 10 goals so far.

Dutch domination of Sweden on the line

Switzerland and the Netherlands last faced in November 2018 in a two-legged World Cup qualifier play-off, with the Dutch winning 4-1 on aggregate (3-0 home leg, 1-1 away leg). Switzerland is winless in 11 matches against the Netherlands since 2002. Also, the Swiss are winless in their last seven matches in all competitions against the Dutch.

The Netherlands have won seven of their last eight matches at the Euros, conceding twice in two of their last three contests but winning both. The Dutch have only lost two of their last 21 matches in all competitions, scoring 77 goals across those 21 games and notching three or more goals in 10 of them.

Switzerland has only attempted 12 shots across its first two group stage games this year – only Northern Ireland had fewer in its first two matches. The Swiss have, however, netted three goals from their 12 shots, with a conversation rate of 25 percent.

Could Orlando sneak away with three points Sunday?

In the only previous match between the Pride and Spirit this season, Orlando scored two goals in second-half stoppage time to secure a 2-2 draw. Darian Jenkins’ game-tying goal in the 98th minute is the latest result-changing goal in NWSL regular season history.

Starting with the Challenge Cup final in May, Washington has gone winless with six losses and six draws. Prior to its current 12-game winless streak, the Spirit had just five losses (excluding forfeits) in their previous 34 matches in all NWSL competitions dating back to the 2021 Challenge Cup.

The Pride earned their first win since mid-May with a 1-0 win against the Houston Dash on Friday with the match’s lone goal coming on an own goal. Washington is dealing with more top-line international absences than Orlando is, so this could be an opportunity to make some cash on the underdog.

Both clubs come into Kansas City with momentum

OL Reign has dominated this fixture so far in the regular season, compiling a 6-1 score over the four games and winning three of the four. The lone loss came from the lone goal scored by Kansas City, as all four of the winners in this matchup have shut out their opponent.

Since May 30, the Current are unbeaten with four wins and two draws with the 14 points being the team’s most ever over a six-game span. Since the start of the run, Kansas City has the most points and wins of any NWSL team.

Reign ran its own unbeaten streak to four appearances its last time out, though. Thus, this might be a match that bettors shy away from on the moneyline and consider goal totals for the contest instead.

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