In the first two games in Tokyo, Team USA beat Nigeria and Japan to extend their incredible Olympic winning streak to 51 games. Neither has been particularly easy, however, and it looks like the quest for a historic seventh consecutive gold medal may be more difficult than it has been in the past.
Still, the Americans are the big favorites to win gold. Ahead of their last group stage match, here’s everything you need to know:
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United States vs. France
- Date: Monday August 2 | Time: 12:40 am ET
- Lieu: Saitama Super Arena – Saitama, Japon
- TV: United States | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Cotes (via William Hill Sportsbook): USA -1000; France +650 | Propagate: United States -13.5 | O/U : 155,5
United States Team: The Americans have already qualified for the group stage, but they still have plenty to play against France. First of all, is the seeding. They can still finish anywhere between first and third – although the latter is extremely unlikely – in the squad depending on the outcome of their match and the match between Japan and Nigeria. In addition, they will have the chance to extend their Olympic winning streak to 52 games and will want to advance to the knockout stage on a high note.
France: The French have reached the medal rounds in the last two Olympics, but they still have work to do if they want to extend that streak. As the final matches of the group stage approach, France are in third place behind team USA and Japan, but like the Americans, they can still finish anywhere from first to third. . However, they will have to achieve a huge upheaval to either win the group or finish second. The good news is that if they lose and finish third, they could still qualify based on results in the other groups.
France are a serious team, but Team USA are double-digit favorites for a reason. He hasn’t even been at his best yet and has consistently recorded comfortable wins in each of the first two games. We’ll take the US team to put it all together and cover the big spread in this one. Pick: United States team