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England Women vs USA Women Betting Special: White can continue her impressive form in France

12:00 PM WAT 02/07/2019
Ellen White, England women
The 30-year-old striker has been a consistent threat for the Lionesses at the Women's World Cup and looks overpriced to find the net once more in Lyon

The first Women's World Cup semi-final sees plenty of potential goal scorer options for punters to consider.

USA are favourites to beat England, with 888Sport making the defending champions a 4/5 (1.80) chance. The Lionesses are 18/5 (4.60) to win in 90 minutes while the draw trades at 5/2 (3.50).

Given their status as market principles, it's no surprise to see several USA players leading the goal scorer betting too.

Alex Morgan is 21/5 (5.20) to break the deadlock in Lyon and 17/10 (2.70) to score during normal time. The Orlando Pride striker, who turns 30 on the day of the game, is a leading Golden Boot contender although all five of her goals in the competition came in the 13-0 win over Thailand. With that in mind, better value could be found elsewhere.

Carli Lloyd has been on target three times in France so far and is 7/4 (2.75) to increase that tally. The best scorer option for the USA looks to be the in-form Megan Rapinoe, although she will have to contend with Lucy Bronze, one of the best players in the world, at right-back.

Not only did the winger net twice in the 2-1 win over France last time out to take her tally to five for the campaign but her role as designated penalty taker gives the 33-year-old significantly more appeal.

The introduction of VAR has seen the number of spot-kicks spike, with 24 already awarded in the competition. While there is no guarantee one will be awarded in this game, at an increased rate of one penalty per two games played, the opportunity to get a tempting price on the player tasked with converting such opportunities looks a good one for punters.

Also, Rapinoe was also on the scoresheet when the teams last met in the SheBelieves Cup back in March.

Another player who appeals is Ellen White. England's leading scorer at the competition with five goals to date, the 30-year-old striker has proven a consistent threat in the final third. Having been rested for the 1-0 win over Argentina on matchday two, White has scored in every other Lionesses game in this competition and is the focal point of the attack.

With Spain and France both finding a way past the USA defence, the opportunity to get 11/4 (3.75) on White to score anytime with 888Sport looks the best bet in the scorer markets for this semi-final clash.

Nikita Parris is England's penalty taker, but the Lyon forward has missed two spot-kicks this summer so the 7/2 (4.50) about her scoring in this game doesn't appeal, especially if there is a chance someone else will be asked to step up should England have the chance to score from 12 yards.

Lionesses captain Steph Houghton scored against Cameroon in the last 16 and was on target in the last meeting between these sides. The defender is a 13/1 (14.0) chance to add to her tally in this game.

Ellen White to score anytime at 11/4 (3.75) for a 1pt stake with 888Sport