England and Sweden are set to face off on Saturday in what is a matchup for third place in the Women’s World Cup. Despite it not being the ultimate goal for either team, there is still a lot of pride to be had here.
England beat Sweden in an international friendly match, which was played on Nov. 11, 2018. England comes in with a record of 5-0-1 while Sweden has a 4-0-2 mark. Currently, England is the favorite at -1.
New territory to be had
This is the first matchup in this year’s World Cup between the two teams. Sweden lost to the Netherlands on Wednesday by a 1-0 score while England lost to the United States by a 2-1 margin.
These two teams are very talented and bring balanced attacks to the pitch. They should be able to field a competitive game, and each team possesses the ideal amount of strength and power. In addition to their balance, each team possesses a couple of stars that should be able to guide them to victory.
White looks to leave her mark
Ellen White has had a tremendous World Cup and has found herself among the scoring leaders of the event. With England’s only goal on Wednesday, she now has six goals in the tournament. She is a veteran player who knows how to leave her mark. They should rely on her for guidance on Saturday.
She has played in numerous international contests throughout her career. Now she will look to add another one to her tally. I’d expect her to get a ton of touches on Saturday, and for her to be very involved. She is the star of the program, and she knows what it takes to get the job done.
Sweden has experience as well
Kosovare Asllani has been a huge reason why Sweden even got this far to begin with. Her aggressive, yet controlled play has been evident throughout this entire World Cup.
She also brings to the table tremendous international experience. That should be able to help her on Saturday. In 133 international games, she has 34 goals. Much like White does for England, she is the stabilizing force for Sweden.
Stina Blackstenius is also a player that has been playing well for Sweden this entire World Cup. In five games, she has two goals. She also has a ton of international experience, playing in 49 matches and scoring 12 goals. She will be an important player for Sweden on Saturday as they look to face a tough England team which fought valiantly against the United States.
I would definitely pick England in this one. Although it should be a close game, England certainly wants to put together a good showing on Saturday. They were very close to beating the United States and just could not get the job done.
Sweden certainly has its work cut out for it in this one, and it should be a tough game either way. Even still, I think England should prevail. Make sure to bet England -1 here.