World Cup Quarter Final: Sweden v England

Day 24 will get underway with this quarter final clash between Sweden and England at the Samara Arena.

Stats

What’s their current form?
Sweden opened with a tough 1-0 win over South Korea, before going down to defending champions Germany 2-1. In the third round, they defeated Mexico 3-0. In their Round of 16 clash against Switzerland, a Forsberg goal just after the hour mark was enough to get Sweden home 1-0.

England cruised into the Round of 16 after just 2 of their 3 games. They opened with a last gasp 2-1 victory over Tunisia, before blitzing Panama 6-1. They then lost 1-0 to Belgium. England lead 1-0 until the 93rd minute when Mina scored, forcing the game to a shoot-out, where England won through 4-3.

Lineups
Sweden: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claessen, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Toivonen, Berg.
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Henderson; Trippier, Lingard, Alli, Rose; Kane, Sterling.

Any interesting facts I should know?
England has kept a clean sheet just twice in their 8 games this year, while Sweden has had 7 clean sheets in their 9 games this year.

What should I be betting on?
England will be the clear favourites here, however they have to find a way through the Swede’s stingy defence.

Wolf’s Prediction

What an opportunity for both nations with the winner to face either Croatia or Russia for a chance at World Cup glory. It has been the most open World Cup in living memory and we are not done yet! England had to defy history by winning their first World Cup shootout to get here and there will be no shortage of nerves. Sweden have maintained 7 clean sheets in their 9 matches in 2018 while the English have conceded in all four matches in Russia and 7 of their last 8 World Cup fixtures. Their is a long history between the two nations with both teams finding the back of the net in 5 of the last 7 meetings. With Kane on the field it is hard to see the Swede’s maintaining a clean sheet. He has 6 goals in Russia, making it 14 in his last 10 games for England. The Wolf cannot see either side running away with this one and it has the makings of extra time and penalties!

Recommended Bets

Best: Double Chance Draw or Sweden ($1.85)
Other: Draw ($3.20)
Value: Match To Go To Penalties ($5.50)


FAQ’s

TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 6pm (local time) on July 7. In Australia, kick-off will be at 1am on July 8th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Both sides have not suffered any injuries in their recent games.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? There have been 24 previous clashes between these countries, with England scoring 8 wins to Sweden’s 7, while 9 matches have been drawn. Their last two battles were in 2012, England winning 3-2 in June and Sweden prevailing 4-2 in November.

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