Sweden vs England- Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
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7th July 2018 – 15.00 GMT
Samara Arena, Samara
Sweden and England secured their spots in the last eight of the World Cup after a nervous Tuesday of last 16 action.
The Scandinavian side continued their strong run of form to defeat a stubborn Switzerland 1-0 while England scrapped past Colombia on a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw.
Sweden topped Group E while England finished runners-up in Group G, behind Belgium, while both sides have already lost one match in the tournament.
Despite the Swedish defensive strength and work-rate, England are now firm favourites to progress to the semi-finals and they are priced at 5/6 to advance past the quarter-final stage.
This game is likely to be closely-fought and it should be remembered that Sweden kept seven clean sheets in their last nine competitive matches. They are a team who can nullify the opposition and will look to restrict England and hit them on the counter-attack. A low-scoring game with a 1-1 draw at 90 minutes a likely outcome and is priced at 6/1.
Both these sides progressed thanks to tense, low-scoring affairs in the last 16 and this is likely to be another cagey meeting with both sides wary of the significance of potential defensive errors. Sweden are likely to adapt a conservative approach to this game while England’s only goal in their last two games has come from the penalty spot. This game is likely to be marked by English territorial dominance against a deep-lying defence. Fewer than 2.5 goals is available at 8/15.
- England have lost just once in their last 14 matches – of which they have won nine – a run stretching back to the September 2017.
- England to win the World Cup at 4/1 with Paddy Power
- Sweden have won three matches out of four to nil in this tournament and have seven clean sheets from their last nine competitive matches .
- Sweden to qualify for the semi-finals at 15/8 with Paddy Power