Today’s Predictions: Sweden Vs England
Sweden 0 – 2 England
The 3rd quarterfinal match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between Sweden and England, with the 3 lions fancying a chance for their first World Cup final run since 1966.
- Date : 7th July 2018
- Time : 7:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Fisht Olympic Stadium
England have surprised many with their dominating displays in the World Cup so far, leading many to believe this could be the first England team in recent years to post a decent challenge for the trophy. Sweden have been quietly impressive as well, with only a last minute defeat to Germany being a rare black dot.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
England had a near perfect qualification campaign, with 8 wins and two away draws against Slovakia and Scotland. They scored 18 and conceded just 3 goals in a favourable group with just Slovakia as their nearest challengers. They won the group with an 8-point margin, with Harry Kane leading the way with 5 goals.
Sweden created the biggest stir during the World Cup qualification phase by knocking out 2006 Champions and group favourites Italy, undoubtedly the highest profile nation not playing in this World Cup. They were the strongest side defensively and kept 7 clean sheets in 10 matches. This led them to finish second in a tough group also containing France, and they eventually won their playoff match against Italy, to qualify for the finals.
Team Form Before The Tournament
England have been unbeaten in their last 6 matches, with 3 draws and 3 wins. Credible draws against Brazil, Germany and Italy and a big win over The Netherlands helped Gareth Southgate’s young squad to gain some much needed confidence. Their most recent match against Costa Rica ended in a dominant 2-0 win.
Sweden haven’t been able to carry forward their brilliant qualifers’ form to their recent international friendlies in preparation for the World Cup. They haven’t won as single game in their last 4 matches, with defeats to Chile and Romania, and goalless draws against Denmark and Peru. This means the fan are worried with the squad’s form going into the tournament, however the manager has assured that things are under control as he has been trying several formations and strategies.
Sweden and England in the World Cup So Far
England earned 3 crucial points in their opening game against Tunisia, with Harry Kane scoring an important brace, including a dramatic stoppage time winner. The 3 lions played attractive football but found it hard to break down an average defence, something they’ll have to work on. They won their next game convincingly against Panama, before losing to Belgium in their 3rd game. England gave a spirited performance to overcome Colombia in the round of 16, on penalties, to book their quarter final place.
Sweden got 3 priceless points against South Korea courtesy of a penalty scored by their captain. However, despite taking an early lead, Sweden conceded a late winner against Germany to lose the game in heartbreaking fashion. In their 3rd game, however, they smashed group leaders Mexico 3-0 to take the top spot in their group. They performed brilliantly against a much fancied Swiss side to qualify for the quarter finals.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met 23 times before, with England winning 8 and Sweden winning 7 of those.
Gareth Southgate had some tough decisions to make when it came to finalizing the 23 man World Cup squad. The biggest exclusion was Ryan Bertrand, dropped in favour of Danny Rose and Ashley Young. Chris Smalling couldn’t find a place either, while Adam Lallana and Jack Wilshere were deemed not fit enough to board the plane to Russia.
Sweden are going to be without their most dynamic player in history as Zlatan Ibrahimovic had retired from international football a year ago. He will undoubtedly by a huge miss in the tournament. Their qualifying hero who scored the all-important winner against Italy in the play off, Jakob Johannson, is also out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Players To Watch Out For
Harry Kane is England’s best hope in recent years to fire them to World Cup glory, with the prolific marksman one of the favourites for the golden boot. His Spurs’ teammate Dele Alli along with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling will aid him in attack. Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Chelsea hotshot Ruben Loftus Cheek have been impressive of late and could lock down a permanent spot in the starting lineup.
Sweden do have a bunch of stalwarts who have been carrying the national flag high even after the retirement of the legendary Zlatan. Their most valuable player is undoubtedly Emil Forsberg, with the attacking midfielder responsible for their entire attacking gameplay. Captain Andreas Granqvist has been a defensive rock for more than a decade and will keep things tight at the back. He has already scored the all-important winner against South Korea via a penalty.
Sweden Vs England Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- England failed to qualify from the group stages for the first time since 1958, when they were knocked out in 2014.
- England are the clear favourites in this clash, with their form considered to be much better than their European counterparts.
- This is Sweden’s 12th World Cup appearance, but they could not qualify for the last two World Cups.
- Harry Kane has successfully carried his club form to this tournament. And is one of the favourites to win the golden boot. We recommend betting on him to score first in this match.
- Sweden have a solid defence, while England have also conceded just 2 goals so far. Hence, we recommend betting on the under 2.5 goals market.
England have been given a favourable run to the World Cup final, especially with Spain already knocked out. Their fixture against Sweden is probably the easiest compared to the other quarter final fixtures, and they should see this match through with a narrow win.
Our Predicted Score line : England 1-0 Sweden.