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Rio 2016 Women’s Soccer Gold Medal Betting Pick

Written by on August 17, 2016

The matchup for the gold medal in women’s soccer at Rio 2016 has been set, as the Swedes knocked off Brazil in penalty kicks after playing to a scoreless tie through regulation and extra time, and the Germans knocked off Canada, 2-0. The Germans are heavy favorites to prevail in this matchup, but the Swedes were big underdogs against the United States in the quarterfinals and then again when they took on Brazil in the semifinals. Read this preview before sending in your summer Olympic betting picks on the women’s soccer final.

Rio 2016 Women’s Soccer Gold Medal Betting Pick

When: Friday, August 19, 2016, 4:30pm ETWhere: Estadio do Maracana, Rio de JaneiroTV: Telemundo, NBC Sports NetworkRadio: NoneLive Stream: NBC Live Extra

Why should you bet on Sweden?

The Swedish side has shown that they can pack their defenders inside their 18-yard area and dare teams to try and score, risking the exposure of their back line and then facing the counterattack. Against the United States, this worked as the Swedes played to a 1-1 tie after regulation and extra time and then won in penalties. In Group E play, Brazil had destroyed Sweden, 5-1, but then the Swedes integrated their new defensive strategy and saw it work for a huge upset for the second knockout match in a row.

Why should you put your money on Germany?

Germany and Canada also played a rematch of a group play game. Both games opened the scoring with the Germans converting a penalty opportunity, but while the Canadians had stormed back for a 2-1 victory (just their first in 13 all-time meetings against Germany in tournament play), this time the Germans saw Sara Daebritz add an insurance goal in the second half in order to seal the win. She took a brilliant pass from Anja Mittag, and then juked the Canadian defender before slamming the goal home.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The problem with a strategy like Sweden’s is that eventually your defense will crack under the pressure of a superior offensive team, and then that team will be able to apply its own defensive pressure and hold on for the win. I like the German team to win the gold medal by a 2-1 score.