Neither Sweden or England wanted to be playing in Nice on Saturday. Both teams have winning histories in the Third Place game of the Women’s World Cup though. Sweden has finished in third twice before. The Swedes beat Germany 4-0 for third place in the inaugural World Cup in 1991, and they earned their second third place finish with a 2-1 win over France in 2011. Meanwhile, England finished third in the last World Cup, knocking off Germany 1-0 in extra time.
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2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Betting Odds at BookMaker.eu
Over/Under 2.5 and 3
The Three Lionesses have some significant advantages coming into this game. The biggest advantage they have is rest. England played on Tuesday, while Sweden played on Wednesday, and the English only played 90 minutes compared to 120 minutes for the Swedes. It’s not easy to play on just two days of rest following a game that goes into extra time, and that will give the Three Lionesses an edge.
England have looked sharper in this competition too. The Three Lionesses had no trouble in their first two games of the knockout rounds, hammering Cameroon and Norway each by a score of 3-0. They were unable to get past the United States on Tuesday, but they played the Americans tougher than any other team has at this tournament. England fell 2-1, yet they looked much better in the second half than their opponents. Ellen White had a goal called back because of VAR, and Steph Houghton botched a penalty kick, costing England two goals.
Sweden were not expected to get to the World Cup semifinals, but they ended up blowing away expectations thanks to a devastating counterattack led by Stina Blackstenius. The Swedes have not had the majority of possession in any of their three elimination games, and they didn’t need it in the first two. They knocked off Canada 1-0 in the Round of 16, and the style was at its most effective in a 2-1 win over heavily favored Germany in the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the same fortune against the Netherlands, allowing a goal in added time in a 1-0 loss.
Sweden Player to Watch
Hedvig Lindahl has had an incredible tournament for Sweden. Lindahl made some big stops during the knockout rounds, and she had two incredible saves in the second half to keep the score knotted at zero. No goalkeeper has been better at stopping penalty kicks this competition, and that’s a scary thought for an English team that has converted on just 1 of their 4 penalties.
England Player to Watch
Ellen White has had a fantastic World Cup. She is currently tied with Alex Morgan as the leading scorer in France with six goals in six matches, and she nearly led the Three Lionesses into the World Cup Final for the first time ever. White is very dangerous no matter where she gets the ball, and Sweden will have to watch out for her. Her style is very much shoot first, as she has no assists through those six games.
Free Soccer Betting Pick
Third place games can be tricky. Some teams just don’t have the same level of motivation at this point, and it’s hard to tell whether or not a squad is fully focused on the task at hand. Coming into Saturday’s game, a lot of things are going England’s way. They are rested, they have more weapons, and they have an elite scorer. However, Sweden’s counter game does scare me, and if this game goes to penalties I don’t think there’s a chance England wins. I’m going to predict an English win, but I’m not too confident.
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Odds: England 2, Sweden 1
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