Sweden vs England Preview

Sweden vs England

Competition – FIFA World Cup

Stadium – Samara Arena

Date: 7th July 2018

Kick-off time – 15:00 GMT

Sweden is one of two remaining teams that have surprised many of us at this World Cup and the Swedes are organized enough to keep going until the finals.

They started their World cup campaign with a 1-0 win over South Korea.

Their next match came against World champions Germany and they started brightly by taking the lead.

However, they could not hold on for the duration of the game and were beaten 2-1 eventually.

They beat Mexico 3-0 in their final group game to set up a round of 16 game against Switzerland which they duly won 1-0 to set up this match.

Sweden have one of the best defences in the competition and they will be looking to build on that and get a win here.

England did not come into this World Cup with the most famous players which is something that is different from the previous generations.

Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave out some top players seems to be paying off as this team looks more balanced and free of ego problems.

England started their campaign with a 2-1 win over Tunisia before beating Panama 6-1 in their next game.

Their last group game ended in a 1-0 loss however it was a game between two qualified nations and the team they fielded was made up of reserve players.

England’s Round of 16 game was tougher as they needed a penalty shootout to be separated from Colombia and set up this game.

Harry Kane has netted 6 goals already and the Tottenham man will be looking to find the back of the net here again.

England are currently trading as slight odds-on favourites to come out on top in this tie.

Possible starting lineups:

Sweden

Olsen
Augustinsson
Granqvist
Lindelof
Krafth
Forsberg
Ekdal
Larsson
Claesson
Berg
Toivonen

England

Pickford
Maguire
Stones
Walker
Rose
Lingard
Henderson
Loftus-Cheek
Trippier
Sterling
Kane

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Sweden

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Sweden 1-0 Switzerland 3 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Mexico 0-3 Sweden 27 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
L Germany 2-1 Sweden 23 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Sweden 1-0 South Korea 18 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
D Sweden 0-0 Peru 9 Jun, 2018 International Friendly

England

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Colombia 1-1 England 3 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
L England 0-1 Belgium 28 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W England 6-1 Panama 24 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Tunisia 1-2 England 18 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W England 2-0 Costa Rica 7 Jun, 2018 International Friendly

H2H

No previous meetings between these two sides.

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