- Team USA is a -2000 favorite to beat New Zealand despite the loss to Sweden in the Olympic opener.
- New Zealand has just -105 odds to cover a +3.0 spread as the slight betting underdog.
TOKYO – Sweden was able to pull off a massive upset against the United States women’s soccer team in the opener of the Tokyo Olympics. However, the USA remains as the EVEN favorite to win the gold medal and are projected to get back on schedule with a convincing win over New Zealand.
Can The United States Cover The Huge Spread?
Despite the loss to start off the Olympic Games, legal betting sites are yet to remove much respect from the team’s ability. Aside from being -2000 moneyline favorites, the United States has been given a sizable spread to cover against New Zealand.
USA vs New Zealand Spread
- USA -3.0 -115
- New Zealand +3 -105
Covering a spread this large is no easy feat, but the United States could very well accomplish it. Since the start of 2021, the women’s team has competed in 14 matches with a record of 13-1.
In six of those matches, the United States won by at least four games. While the United States could win the match in a blowout fashion, anyone thinking about betting on them to cover would be better off betting on the spread rather than the total of the game.
USA vs New Zealand Total Odds
- Over 3.5, 4 -105
- Under 3.5, 4 -115
If the United States is going to cover the 3.0 spread then they would need to score at least four goals. Anyone betting on the Olympics would be smarter to wager on the spread, as if the USA scores four goals, it would be twice as profitable as someone taking over 3.5, 4 goals.
As the No. 1 ranked team, the United States is supposed to be able to win these types of games by a wide margin. New Zealand is the No. 22 ranked team and shouldn’t be able to hang around for too long, but the recent loss is certainly putting some doubt over Team USA’s heads.
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