Betting round-up: US firming for women's gold

Consecutive Olympic final No.5 five beckons for the US, who are short favourites to win their fourth gold medal in five Games. First, however, they must overcome rivals Canada

The United States have the women's football gold medal at their mercy at the 2012 Olympics heading into the semi-finals of the tournament on Monday.

The USA have won the gold medal at three of four Olympics since women's football was first admitted to the Games in 1996, and are now odds-on favourites to win yet again following the shock elimination of their two main rivals in Brazil and Great Britain in the quarter-finals.

As a result, the US are now $1.60 gold medal favourites ahead of Japan at $4, France at $5 and Canada the rank outsiders at $15.

France takes on Japan in the first of the semi-finals at Wembley on Monday [Tuesday morning Australian time] followed shortly after by the US facing Canada at Old Trafford.

Luxbet have the US as overwhelming favourites to advance to their fifth successive Olympic final in women's football.

The USA are $1.44 favourites with Luxbet to beat Canada, who are at $6.50, with the draw at $4.

Canada have been the surprise packets of the tournament, eliminating previously unbeaten host nation Great Britain in the quarter-finals, and in Melissa Tancredi have the equal-highest scorer of the tournament so far with four goals, alongside American superstar Abby Wambach.

But given their enormous experience at international level, it is hard to imagine the US blowing it as this late stage

They are great value at $2.08 with Luxbet to lead at both half-time and full-time against Canada, who only made it through to the knockout stages as one of the two best third-placed teams from the group stage.

The US to lead at both half- and full-time v Canada at $2.08 at Luxbet
Japan to defeat France in the other semi-final at $2.45 at Luxbet

The other semi-final is much tougher to predict, but Japan go in as favourites on the strength of their stunning 2-0 win over Brazil - the silver medallists behind the USA at the past two Olympics - in the quarter-finals.

Considering that win, and the fact they have only conceded one goal at the tournament so far, world champions Japan are good value in head-to-head betting with Luxbet at $2.45 to beat France, with France at $2.70 and the draw at $3.15.

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