Sweden +130 vs. Japan. I like Sweden in this matchup over the Japanese. Sweden took care of business in their quarterfinal, and continued their undefeated run including a win over the United States. Japan came in as big underdogs to the host nation Germany, but somehow fought out a tough win in overtime. However I believe their cinderella run won't last long. I think the Japanese side will be too emotionally drained and over confident after beating one of the tournament favorites. Look for Sweden to keep the unbeaten streak rolling into the finals.
USA +100 vs. France. This game was a much longer thought process when determining which line I liked best. I settling on USA +100 because I believe had it not been for Abby Wambach's late heroic header, the US may have been eliminated due to a referee (which is debatable but still where my opinion stands). Due to this, I think the US is going to come into this game with the mentality that they are going to put this game in no ones hands but their own. The French do have a fast and high powered offense, but the American's midfield is going to be able to keep up with the French, disallowing a lot of distribution to their speedy forwards. And after all, Hope Solo is in the goal for the US, who in my opinion is the best goalie in the tournament.
The games are scheduled for Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 12:00pm and 2:45pm, on ESPN2. The Americans and The French kick off first, followed by the Swedes and Japanese.