Sweden vs England betting tips: World Cup match preview & predictions

Sweden vs England betting tips: World Cup match preview & predictions

Sweden vs England prediction: Sweden 1-2 England

 

England will surely make the most of the golden opportunity they have been handed to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Sweden will be no pushovers, however, having already overcome the odds to reach this stage.

Sweden vs England: Who will win?

England are 19/20 favourites to win the match and 2/5 to reach the semi-finals.

Sweden are 19/5 outsiders to win the match in 90 minutes but 2/1 to qualify.

Harry Kane is 11/4 to score the opening goal of the game. Marcus Rashford is 11/5 to score any time.

Unsurprisingly, Kane is 3/10 favourite to be the competition’s top scorer.

 

Sweden vs England match preview

England face Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday at the Cosmos Arena in Samara.

After finishing top of Group F, above Mexico, South Korea and champions Germany, Sweden faced Switzerland in their round of 16 match. Janne Andersson’s side were underdogs for the clash but came away 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Arsenal target Emil Forsberg.

England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties on Tuesday after the match finished 1-1 after extra-time. Harry Kane’s second-half penalty looked to be sending England into the quarter-finals before Barcelona’s Yerry Mina equalised in the 93rd minute.

Eric Dier scored the winning penalty in the shootout, which saw Jordan Pickford save a penalty and Jordan Henderson miss his.

England have scored three more goals than Sweden at the tournament, although they have also conceded two more.

Harry Kane begins the round as the outright leading goalscorer with 6 goals. Andreas Granqvist’s two penalties make him Sweden’s leading scorer at the competition. No other Swedish player has scored more than one.

Is it coming home?

Sweden and England have faced each other 24 times in their history, winning eight and losing seven. Their most recent match was in 2012 when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored that goal on the way to a 4-2 victory for the Swedes.

The draw has been kind to Gareth Southgate’s side, who have avoided the likes of Brazil and France on their side of the bracket.

England will face either Russia or Croatia in the semi-finals if they make it that far.

England will be looking to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup for only the third time in their history. Sweden have reached the semi-finals at the World Cup on four previous occasions, most recently in 1994.

The Three Lions last reached the semi-finals of a major tournament in 1996 as hosts of the European Championships.

 

Sweden team news vs England

Emil Krafth is expected to come in at the back in place of Mikael Lustig, who is serving a one-match ban.

Sebastian Larsson will return to the starting line-up after missing the win over Switzerland through suspension. Gustav Svensson is expected to make way.

Albin Ekdal is expected to recover from a foot injury in time for Saturday, although Jummy Durmaz is a major doubt with a hip problem.

England team news vs Sweden

A number of England players will be feeling the effects from Tuesday after being taken all the way to penalties. After the match, Southgate confirmed that a number of players in the camp had injuries.

Jamie Vardy is a major doubt. The Leicester striker required an injection after extra-time that prevented him from taking a penalty. Dele Alli, Kyle Walker and Ashley Young are all carrying knocks.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be given an opportunity to start, while Marcus Rashford and Danny Rose are also pushing for places in the starting eleven.

Kyle Walker, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will have to walk a fine line as the quartet are all one booking away from a suspension.

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