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USWNT, England tied for best odds to win 2023 World Cup

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The United States women’s national team enters 2023 as co-favorites to win the World Cup, according to DraftKings.

Along with England, the USWNT’s odds are +300 to take home the World Cup trophy, which would be their third straight tile after they won the 2015 and 2019 tournaments. Spain comes in at third with +600 odds, while France and Germany are tied for fourth at +400.

The USWNT held onto their No. 1 FIFA ranking at the end of 2022, but they experienced some turbulence throughout the year. The last few months included the team’s first three-game losing streak since 1993, with losses to England, Spain and Germany — three of the world’s best teams. Despite that, the U.S. enters 2023 poised to return some of its best players from injury.

Catarina Macario, who ruptured her ACL during the UEFA Women’s Champions League final last summer, is expected to return at some point in February. Christen Press, who also tore her ACL at the beginning of the NWSL season, could return around the same time.

Other stars like Sam Mewis and Tobin Heath are also recovering from injuries, though their timelines remain unclear. Defender Crystal Dunn will likely see more playing time in 2023 after giving birth to her first child in 2022.

A number of young players have stepped up in their absence, giving the USWNT more depth options for the World Cup roster. Most notably, Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh have established themselves on the frontline, and Naomi Girma was a force at center-back in her first year with the team.

While much has been made of the USWNT’s injury status, they appear poised to have reinforcements ready in time for the World Cup, just as other national teams are weathering the absences of star players.

Previous odds could also lend further insight into the USWNT’s chances in 2023. According to Fox Sports, the USWNT entered the 2019 tournament as co-favorites to win the title (+350), and in 2015, their odds were +300, the best of any team.

“No country has won three straight World Cups on the men’s or women’s side,” soccer analyst David Mosse told Fox Sports last July. “But if Catarina Macario comes back strong and youngsters like Sophia Smith continue to develop, the U.S. is more than capable of accomplishing that feat.”

Notably, Canada has +2500 odds to win the World Cup, putting the reigning Olympic gold medalists behind eight other teams. Spain’s chances could also improve if Alexia Putellas returns from her ACL injury sooner than expected.