Germany were the hot favourites to win the 2011 World Cup yet again, although the host nation were beaten at the quarter final stage by Japan, with Norio Sasaki’s team going on to beat Sweden in the semi-finals and book their place in Sunday’s showdown.
Japan will face the United States, who were seconds away from being eliminated in their quarter final match against Brazil before a last gasp Abby Wambach equaliser took the tie to penalties where the American triumphed. They then proved too strong for France in the semi-finals.
The bookmakers are expecting Pia Sundhage’s team to triumph in Frankfurt, offering 11/10 (Victor Chandler) that they win in normal time and 1/2 (William Hill – £25 free bet) that the US lift the trophy, whether it is in normal time, extra time or penalties.
They certainly produced an excellent display against the French and Abby Wambach has proven to be one of the players of the tournament, with William Hill offering 5/1 that she opens the scoring in this match.
Most of the States’ matches have involved plenty of goals and Over 2.5 can be backed at 6/5 with Paddy Power (£100 free betting), although the Japanese might set out with a policy of containment, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 14/5 that they win the game.
Nahomi Kawasumi was on target twice for Japan in their semi-final and William Hill offer 8/1 that she opens the scoring, while I would be tempted to go for a 2-2 draw which is available at 16/1 with bet365 (£200 free bets).