Sweden v England Betting Preview – 07/07/18

Sweden v England Betting Preview – 07/07/18

Sweden v England

It’s the quarter final of the World Cup this Saturday as Sweden take on England at the Samara Arena. Sweden have surprised everyone by making it through to this stage of the competition, the Scandinavian’s qualified for the last 16 thanks to finishing top of Group F ahead of Mexico, South Korea and four time winners Germany. The Swede’s then edged past Switzerland 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon, booking their place in the quarter finals thanks to a second half Emil Forsberg goal at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium.

Despite conceding two goals against Germany, Sweden have managed to keep three clean sheets in their previous four games so will definitely prove to be a difficult side to break down in this encounter. They’ll know that they’re the underdogs so will definitely set-up extremely defensive-minded in the hope that they can keep England’s prolific striker Harry Kane out.

Sweden have pace in wide areas through Viktor Claesson & Emil Fosberg, so will look to catch England on the counter when they can, providing challenging crosses for target men Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen to get on the end of. After finishing above the Netherlands when qualifying for the World Cup, and then knocking out Italy in the play-off’s, it’s no fluke that Sweden find themselves competing for a spot in the semi-finals here.

They’ve showed grit and determination throughout this exhilarating tournament and will be a hugely challenging side to break down in this one. Technically, there’s no questioning that England have the upper-hand here, but Sweden will look to counteract this by sitting deep and inviting pressure, just like they did against Mexico before catching them on the break. Will it work against a much more well-rounded England side though?

England fans are now getting seriously excited about the prospect of their beloved nation reaching a World Cup semi-final for the first time in 20 years, and for good reason. After a solid 89 minutes against Colombia on Tuesday evening, England did the most England thing ever and conceded from a set-piece right at the death, meaning extra-time and penalties had to be introduced to determine who made it through the quarters.

A leggy 30 minutes of extra-time saw blood pressure all over the country reach astronomical heights, with the thought of spot kicks almost killing people off given the treacherous record the Three Lions have from 12 yards. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford felt no such pressure however, getting an iron paw to Carlos Bacca’s penalty which ensured a successful Eric Dier pen would win England their first penalty shootout since Euro 96′. The Tottenham man made no mistake, burying home past Arsenal’s David Ospina, and now the challenge of Sweden is all that stands between England and a place in the semi-final.

The Three Lions will enter this match head on, brimming with confidence knowing that they are by far the more superior side. A performance reminiscent of the one put in throughout the majority of Tuesday evening’s game will surely be enough to progress them to the next round, won’t it? Harry Kane will once again be relied upon heavily to do the business up front: the Spurs striker is currently leading the race for the prestigious Golden Boot award with 6 goals to his name and he doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon.

Kane is deadly in the six yard box, and with the likes of Kieran Trippier supplying him those inch-perfect crosses from that right hand side, England look a real danger every time they attack. With this in mind, we can see Kane bagging his 7th goal of the tournament in this one, with England winning the match. Sweden will be very defensive however, so it’s going to take some time to break them down. Backing the draw at half-time and England at full-time could be a lucrative bet with this considered – that’s priced at 7/2 with SkyBet.

Recommended Bets:

Draw HT/England FT: 7/2 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Harry Kane to score first: 13/5 with BetBright – BET HERE