Having never lost in the 25 previous meetings between the sides, the US is undoubtedly favorites for Sunday’s final. This match is going to be a direct clash of styles, seeing Japan’s technical and possession-oriented approach up against the American’s power and athleticism. Sawa, my player of the tournament, runs the Japanese engine room in midfield and dictates her team’s play. If the US can find a way to limit her impact on the game, while also avoiding any costly mistakes of their own, there is no reason why they will not be crowned World Cup champions for a record third time. The Yanks will win 2-1.