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Kansas City Current vs. North Carolina Courage odds, how to watch, live stream: 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup picks

The Kansas City Current will host the North Carolina Courage in a 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup semifinal match on Wednesday. The Courage (3-3-0) were undefeated during the knockout stage, but are coming off a Friday loss in their NWSL season-opener. The Current also lost their season-opener and went 4-1-1 during the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup knockout round. Neither team has ever advanced to the Challenge Cup championship game since the tournament began in 2020. You can see what happens next when you stream the match live on Paramount+.

Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET from Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City. North Carolina is a +105 favorite (risk $100 to win $105) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Kansas City Current vs. North Carolina Courage odds, with the Current as +184 underdogs. A draw is priced at +250, and the over-under for total goals is 2.5. Wednesday’s match will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.

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How to watch North Carolina Courage vs. Kansas City Current

  • Kansas City Current vs. North Carolina Courage date: Wednesday, May 4
  • Kansas City Current vs. North Carolina Courage time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Kansas City Current vs. North Carolina Courage streaming: Paramount+

NWSL Challenge Cup picks for North Carolina Courage vs. Kansas City Current

Before you tune in to Wednesday’s match, you need to see the Kansas City Current vs. North Carolina Courage picks from SportsLine’s women’s soccer insider Sandra Herrera. She is CBS Sports’ women’s soccer analyst and has been reporting on the game for more than five years. Providing insight both internationally and domestically, she has covered local markets, NWSL drafts and NWSL championship finals. She knows the women’s game inside and out.

For North Carolina Courage vs. Kansas City Current, Herrera is backing under 2.5 total goals. These teams met twice last season in Kansas and both games followed similar scripts. In each, the Current led in possession and generated both more total shots and more shots on goal. But in the end, neither team was able to find the back of the net as those two games produced two scoreless draws.

This season, Kansas City’s offense appears to be the weaker unit and the club has been shut out twice in its last four games. But the Current will be hard to score on as long as Adrianna Franch is manning the net. A two-time winner of the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award, Franch is a fixture on the United States Women’s National Team and was in net when the USWNT won the bronze medal match in last year’s Olympics.

Meanwhile, the Courage have one of the NWSL’s best defenses, as the 23 goals they allowed last season were the third-fewest in the league. Goals could be harder to come by, though, as each team’s top scorer from last year has since departed. As a result, Herrera is expecting a game dominated by defense which is why she confidently backs the under.

How to watch, live stream the NWSL on Paramount+

Now that you know what to pick, get ready to watch the National Women’s Soccer League. Visit Paramount+ now to see the NWSL, your live local CBS sporting events, some of the world’s other top soccer matchups and much more.

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