Sweden and the Netherlands are set to face off in the Women’s World Cup semifinals in what should be a very exciting match. With Sweden ranked eighth in the world and the Netherlands ranked ninth, this is truly an evenly-matched game.
According to several sportsbooks, Sweden is the favorite to advance via the money line at -140.
Two Different Teams
It is truly a tale of two teams. One has experience, while the other in some ways lacks it. This will be Sweden’s fourth time in the semifinals. This will be the Netherlands’ first appearance in the semifinals.
These teams are meeting for the first time, and it will be interesting to see how they play each other. Sweden is looking to win three consecutive knockout matches. They have won two of them so far in the 2019 tournament, and they seem to have flair for the big moment.
Sweden has the experienced veterans
Sweden has players who know what it’s like to play in a big game. Stina Blackstenius has been on a roll lately, scoring goals in the last two knockout games. She will look to become the first Swedish player to score in three consecutive knockout games.
The interesting statistic is only a snippet what has been an impressive tournament for her. She has two goals in the World Cup, and she has proven to be one of Sweden’s better players. They will need to get the ball to her early and often as she looks to lead them to victory.
Netherlands has a multi-pronged attack
Sherida Spitse has done a great job of setting up her teammates. She has four assists so far in the tournament, and she has proven to be a point guard of sorts for the Netherlands.
She’ll need to assume that role once again, as that’s what she seems to excel at the most. That is not a knock on her by any means; she is very talented at what she does.
On the scoring front, the Netherlands has a very capable player in Vivianne Miedema. She is tied for seventh among all scorers in the World Cup with three goals. The Netherlands will need her to come through in a big way. Making sure everybody gets touches should be a priority for them.
Lieke Martens has two goals, and it is fair to say that the Netherlands has a multi-pronged attack. They will certainly need everyone on their team to put forth a great effort as they look to perform well on what is perhaps the biggest world stage they have played on in their entire lives.
I would take Sweden with the moneyline. They have shown that they can remain calm and collected in these big moments, and I would expect Wednesday to be more of the same. Although the Netherlands should give them a game, Sweden should prevail. Make sure to take Sweden with the moneyline in this one.