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Rio 2016 Women’s Soccer Semifinals Betting Picks

Written by on August 15, 2016

If your summer Olympics betting on women’s soccer took a big hit when the Americans laid a big egg against the Swedes in the quarterfinals, falling out of the tournament before the finals for the very first time, never fear. We have some solid semifinal picks for you here, as Brazil seeks to advance and pursue a double gold medal along with the men’s side. However, the other three teams will try and make it as difficult as possible.

Rio 2016 Women’s Soccer Semifinals Betting Picks

Brazil vs Sweden (Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 12pm ET, NBC Sports Network)

Odds: Brazil 3:7, Sweden 7:1When Brazil meets Sweden in this semifinal, both come in needing to amp up their offense. Sweden has struggled to score goals throughout the whole tournament, and against the Americans they kept their defense deep, hoping to score on the counter, and they found one goal that way — and by packing it in, they limited the Americans to a single goal as well, and then they prevailed in penalty kicks. I expect them to pack the 18-foot box once again and dare Brazil to find a way through without exposing their rear flank.This will be quite a dare for Brazil to take on. The were not able to put a single goal on the board against Australia in their quarterfinal, and they went seven rounds into the shootout before prevailing 7-6. It would be easy to see Brazil and Sweden proceeding with extreme care against one another and ending in a scoreless draw, going to penalty kicks. So who to take then? Well, the Swedes saw American goalie Hope Solo stop one of their attempts, while Brazil was perfect in theirs. I also like the home field advantage for the Brazilians, so I’m predicting a 1-0 Brazil win (without penalty kicks).

Canada vs Germany (Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 3pm ET, NBC Sports Network / Telemundo)

Odds: Germany 1:1, Canada 4:1It’s been less than a week since these two teams met in group play, and now they are back against each other in the semifinals. The Canadians upset the Germans in that one, prevailing 2-1 and winning for the first time in 13 meetings between the two sides. That sent Canada into a tough quarterfinal match against France, and they rode Sophie Schmidt’s goal all the way to 1-0 victory. Janine Beckie looks to add to her goal total against the Germans, as the Canadians will have to emerge from their defensive shell a bit if they want to land their second upset within as many weeks. On the German side, the team is ready to make it to the top of the podium after seeing the US eliminated at an historically early point in time. Germany has won three bronze medals (2000, 2004, and 2008). Striker Melanie Behringer has already tallied four goals in these Olympics and will look for service from the outside to send Canada home. I’m sure that the Germans will be mentally prepared for the Canadians this time, and I’m predicting a 2-0 Germany win.