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France vs. USA: Odds, Live Stream, TV Info for Women's World Cup 2019

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2019

REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: Megan Rapinoe #15 of USA celebrates her goal following her penalty shot with Alex Morgan #13 and Samantha Mewis #3 of USA during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Spain and USA at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 24, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)
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The United States meet hosts France in the quarter-finals of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Friday.

It has the potential to be the match of the World Cup so far given it is between the two pre-tournament favourites.

Though worthy of the final, a last-eight meeting between the defending champions and Les Bleues has been on the cards ever since the draw was made.

And by the close of play on Friday, one of the best sides in the competition will be out at the last-eight stage.

                       

Date: Friday, June 28

Time: 9 p.m. local, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET

TV Info: Fox (U.S.), BBC One (UK)

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go, BBC iPlayer

Match Odds (via Oddschecker): France 23-10, Draw 23-10, USA 13-10

                                            

France opened the tournament with a superb 4-0 victory over South Korea that more than lived up to their pre-tournament billing.

However, it has not been plain-sailing since. Les Bleues subsequently beat a strong Norway side 2-1, but they then needed a controversial penalty re-take to edge out Nigeria 1-0:

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In the last 16 they were taken to extra time by Brazil, and it is likely they will need to be at their very best to beat the U.S.

Jill Ellis' side were given a reality check in the first knockout round by Spain when they toiled to a 2-1 victory thanks to two Megan Rapinoe penalties.

In the group stage, they had broken all manner of records after a 13-0 win over Thailand, 3-0 victory against Chile and 2-0 triumph over Sweden:

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Another record for #USA 💪 (➡️ @POWERADE) https://t.co/TkJXjBsGxC

What is not in doubt is that the attacking quality on display at the Parc des Princes will have been unmatched anywhere else so far in the tournament.

Rapinoe is joined in the U.S. squad by the likes of Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press. 

France, meanwhile, can look to Eugenie Le Sommer, Valerie Gauvin, Kadidiatou Diani and Gaetane Thiney.

The game is likely to be decided in defence. However, even Wendie Renard has shown vulnerabilities at this World Cup:

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Result | France 2-1 Norway - Les Bleues take the 3 points courtesy of a Eugenie Le Sommer penalty, but game will be remembered for a horrendous Wendie Renard own goal.

It is well documented that the U.S. do not have a back line to match their forwards, and it was a defensive mix-up that led to them conceding their first goal of the tournament against Spain.

On the balance of play so far, and the respective experience of the squads, it is reasonable that the United States should go into Friday's clash as slight favourites.

But it is set to be a tense and thrilling encounter in the French capital, and it would be no huge surprise if the hosts prevailed. 

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