All that stands in the way of team USA women's football team now is arguably the most consistent team in the women's game to date, Japan (13/5) who are edging the betting prior to Thursday's showdown at Wembley Stadium.
Japan are one match away from winning the double, if they go away with gold at London 2012, after victory in the FIFA Women's World Cup. The Japanese managed to finish fourth in Beijing but have improved their game this time around and make interesting betting, after playing a precise organised defensive game in their quarter-final fixture against France.
Team USA (11/10) however shouldn't be ruled out in football betting, particularly as they have three of the finest forwards in women's football in the shape of Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan and all three will be eager for goals and gold's! Wambach is easily the greatest USA women's player in history and has already scored five goals this tournament, it's looking likely that she will be on the score sheet and this makes USA favourable in the betting.
Japan are known for their speedy game play and their leading goalscorer Yuki Ogimi with two goals to her tally could possibly open the scoring in Thursday's match as she did against France. Another player who looks sure to score is Nahomi Kawasumi, with only one goal in this tournament she will be looking to increase that regardless of the outcome of the match.
When it comes to goalkeepers, women's football isn't known for churning out many greats, but Thursday nights match will be a great night for both sides' goalies. Japan's Miho Fukumoto made some dangerous mistakes against France in the semi-final and won't want to do that this time around. She has superb experience behind her though, and will make some decent saves against her World Cup 2011 opponents. Fukumoto goes up against US counterpart Hope Solo, arguably one of the more famous of women goalkeepers. The Seattle Sounders goalkeeper will be more than ready to deliver on Thursday, but a more improved performance will be needed; it is expected she will make some crucial saves against a speedy Japanese strike force.