The 2021 Olympics are back with a battle for a bronze medal this week as USWNT take on Australia Women in an intriguing soccer game on Thursday. Both teams have chinks in their armour at the moment and will be intent on proving their mettle this week.
USWNT overcame Netherlands Women after a tense penalty shoot-out last week but suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Canada Women in the semi-finals. The Stars and Stripes have not been at their best this summer and will need to take it up a notch on Thursday.
Australia Women, on the other hand, suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Sweden Women in their previous game. The Australians have been impressive at the Olympics and will look to secure their medal against a formidable opponent.
USWNT vs Australia Women Head-to-Head
USWNT have an impressive record against Australia Women and have won two out of four games played between the two teams. Australia Women have never defeated USWNT in an official fixture and will want to make history this week.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place last month and ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Australia Women enjoyed a few bright moments on the day and will need to be more clinical in this match.
USWNT form guide 2021 Olympics: L-W-D-W-L
Australia Women form guide at 2021 Olympics: L-W-D-L-W
USWNT vs Australia Women Team News
Alyssa Naeher picked up a knock against Canada Women earlier this week and will likely be replaced by Adrianna Franch against Australia Women. Julie Ertz has recovered from her knock and is available for selection this week.
Injured: Alyssa Naeher
Ellie Carpenter was sent off in the semi-final against Sweden Women and is suspended for this fixture. Australia Women do not have any injury concerns at the moment and will need to name a strong team this week.
Suspended: Ellie Carpenter
USWNT vs Australia Women Predicted XI
USWNT Predicted XI (4-3-3): Adrianna Franch; Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn, Abby Dahlkemper, Kelley O'Hara; Lindsey Horan, Kristie Mewis, Samantha Mewis; Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan
Australia Women Predicted XI (3-4-3): Lydia Williams; Stephanie Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Aivi Luik; Tameka Yallop, Emily Van Egmond, Elise Kellond-Knight, Hayley Raso; Kyah Simon, Samantha Kerr, Caitlin Foord
USWNT vs Australia Women Prediction
USWNT have needed their fair share of luck to get to this stage of the tournament but were unable to reach the final of the competition. The likes of Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have plenty of experience in this fixture and will be intent on winning a medal at the 2021 Olympics.
Australia Women put in an admirable performance against USWNT in the group stage and will need to take it up a notch on Thursday. USWNT are the better team on paper, however, and hold a slight upper hand going into this game.
Prediction: USWNT 2-1 Australia Women