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The 2023 Women’s World Cup tournament in Australia and New Zealand gets under way this week, and it could be a historic moment for the United States women’s national soccer team.

The Americans have a chance to achieve a remarkable feat at the 2023 World Cup. If they win, it would mark the first time in men’s or women’s World Cup history that a nation claims three consecutive World Cup championships.

The two-time defending champion Americans, who won the World Cup in both 2015 and 2019, are considered the tournament favorites, but they will face tough competition from strong European teams such as England, Germany, and Spain. On top of that, co-host nation Australia could surprise everyone with its performance. This tournament promises to be exciting, and fans eagerly wait to see which country prevails.

Several intriguing Women’s World Cup games are scheduled for the tournament’s opening week, but all eyes will be on the favorites as soccer fans seek to determine just how good this year’s USWNT World Cup roster is.

The USWNT schedule gets under way against Vietnam, a nation making its World Cup debut. After being eliminated by China in the knockout tournament, Vietnam qualified for the World Cup through the Women's Asian Cup playoff. Now, the Vietnamese must begin play by facing the most accomplished nation in women's soccer.

Let’s kick off our Women’s World Cup group stage coverage with a few predictions for the USWNT’s starting lineup, outcome, and likely goal scorers, as well as picks specific to the USA-Vietnam game.

USA (W) vs. Vietnam (W) Odds

Moneyline: USA -20000 | Draw +2500 | Vietnam +250000
1st Goal: USA N/A | No Goal +4900 | Vietnam +1700
Both teams to score: Yes +290, No -550
Double Chance:  USA or Draw N/A | USA or Vietnam N/A | Draw or Vietnam +2400
Total Goals: 3.5: Over -1400 | Under +600
Total Goals: 4.5: Over -475 | Under +300
Total Goals: 5.5: Over -250 | Under +180
Total Goals: 6.5: Over -120 | Under -110
Total Goals: 7.5: Over +170 | Under -240

USWNT vs Vietnam Preview

Date: Friday, July 21
9 p.m. ET
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Vietnam is making its very first appearance in the Women’s World Cup tournament, but this is a tough way for them to open it. Fans have high expectations for the USWNT, and this game offers the Americans an opportunity to make a statement. The U.S. will look to establish its dominance early on in a match it is fully expected to win.

The USA squad includes highly experienced World Cup champions who have been cornerstones of the USWNT for years. Veteran players such as Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe are both established international goal scorers, but the Americans also have young talent in their lineup.

The USWNT’s Sophia Smith is among the favorites to win this tournament’s Golden Boot, and she will have plenty of scoring opportunities playing up front for such a talented team. Trinity Rodman is another young U.S. player to watch, as is the Washington Spirit’s Ashley Sanchez.

Vietnam and Thailand are the two best women’s teams from Southeast Asia. The Vietnamese beat Myanmar 2-0 to claim gold at the 2023 Southeast Asian Games. However, while they have been fierce competitors in their own region, they have struggled against European and Australasian competition. Vietnam’s last three games were played against Germany, New Zealand, and Spain. All of them resulted in defeat -- including a 9-0 loss to the Spanish national team on July 14.

USWNT vs Vietnam Lineups and Injuries

The USWNT is dealing with a few injuries ahead of the Women’s World Cup. Team captain Becky Sauerbrunn will miss the tournament with a foot injury, Strikers Catarina Macario (ACL tear) and Mallory Swanson (knee) have also been ruled out.

Megan Rapinoe will play in this year’s tournament, but she won’t be at 100 percent since she is dealing with a calf issue. Rose Lavelle, who will also play, is nursing a knee injury suffered back in April.

With some of the team's more experienced players absent, greater opportunity arises for younger players such as Sophia Smith and Trinity Rodman. The USWNT roster is deep and loaded with talent, so the handful of injuries and absences have not affected its odds or the overall belief that the Americans will emerge as World Cup champions.

News reports concerning this team are filled with anticipation for what could be one of the best World Cup squads the U.S. has ever had. The USWNT’s 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup odds reflect that, as the team comes in at +250 to win outright.

Forward Huynh Nhu is the star of Vietnam’s team with 103 international appearances and 67 goals to her name. She plays for Portugal’s Lank FC Vilaverdense, which makes her the only Vietnamese national team player who plays professionally in Europe. Vietnam will look to her for a spark, and she could catch the U.S. off guard if the Americans lapse at the back during this match.

USA vs Vietnam Predictions and Picks

Total Goals

The over-under for this game is 6.25, which seems like a lot, but the USWNT is historically the best team in women’s soccer, and Vietnam’s team has yet to prove itself outside of Asia.

That said, in a friendly against Germany the Vietnamese did hold their own in a 2-1 loss, and there was plenty of positive momentum to take from that game. However, a 9-0 loss to Spain set Vietnam back again, raising further questions about how this team will fare in World Cup competition.

Vietnam’s lopsided loss to Spain left me wondering about the number of goals we might see in this game. If you’re betting on the Women’s World Cup, why not bet on a potential goal fest in this one?

The USWNT is often on a level of its own, so I’m going to go with this game exceeding 6.5 total goals, because the Americans will be looking to make a statement in their tournament opener. I feel as if the USWNT’s depth and firepower will prove too much for Vietnam and overwhelm the Southeast Asian squad for the majority of this game.

The Pick: Over 6.5 Goals (-114)

First Goalscorer

I’ve declared multiple times over the past few days that I believe Sophia Smith will claim the Golden Boot at this tournament, and she could get off to a really hot start in the opening game against Vietnam.

Smith is in top form as one of the hottest strikers competing in the tournament. She has been on a scoring streak with the Portland Thorns in domestic competition, netting 10 goals in just 12 games and putting 38 shots on target. She’s not afraid to pull the trigger, so I’m backing her not only as one of my Women’s World Cup picks for the Golden Boot, but also to score the first goal in Game 1 for the Americans.

The Pick: Sophia Smith First Goalscorer (+250)

Both Teams to Score

The combination of the USA's strong defense and Vietnam's struggle to take shots against high-level competition doesn't look promising.

In the match against Germany, the Vietnamese scored their lone goal through a counterattack in the 92nd minute. Their only other clear chance came from a failed pass back by a German defender to the goalkeeper.

This is the U.S. women's World Cup to lose, so scoring some goals along with a clean sheet is the ideal way for them to get the tournament started.

The Pick: Both Teams to Score? No (-550)

Best USA vs Vietnam Same-Game Parlay Picks Today: 3-Leg SGP (+850)

The above three picks combined provide us with our first soccer betting parlay of the USWNT’s World Cup campaign. Check out the odds:

Total Goals

Leg-1 SGP Pick: Over 6.5 Goals (-114)

First Goalscorer

Leg-2 SGP Pick: Sophia Smith First Goalscorer (+250)

Both Teams to Score

Leg-3 SGP Pick: Both Teams to Score? No (-550)

Odds are subject to change*

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