Match Preview: England W 1-2 Sweden W Prediction and Betting Tips | World Cup Women (Play-off)

England W – Sweden W betting tips for today, July 6, 2019

Kick-off: 16:00 England W – Sweden W
Football: World Cup Women – Play-off
Tip: Under 3.5 Goals
Odds: 1.40
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 1:2 WON!!!

Match Preview

England and Sweden face-off for third-place after the ‘Lionesses’ fell 2-1 to defending champions USA midweek. They conceded two first-half goals during that game, for just the second time in their tournament history and the first time since 1995 vs Norway. Notably, England have conceded just three goals all tournament.
This game sees England in the World Cup (WC) third-place play-off for a second consecutive time, after beating Germany (1-0 AET) back in 2015. After overcoming previous WC winners Japan (2-0) and Norway (3-0) during this tournament, and seeing four of their five wins come ‘to nil’, England enter this match as favourites. There could be goals then, as their last three WC fixtures produced over 2.5.
Making their third appearance at this stage, Sweden were ousted in their semi-final after extra-time following a goalless 90 minutes versus the Netherlands. That result meant the Swedes had scored the opening goal in just one of their three WC knockout fixtures this tournament.
However, the underdogs won’t go down easy having won their two previous third-place play-off fixtures (1991 and 2011), with an average of 3.5 goals being scored in each. Yet with four of their six WC games this tournament producing under 2.5 goals, and both teams scoring just twice, goalmouth action can’t be guaranteed.
Players to watch: Tournament joint-top scorer Ellen White (six goals) netted England’s first-half equaliser against the USA.
Stina Blackstenius has scored two match-winning goals for Sweden this WC, both in the ten minutes following the break.
Stat attack: England have scored the opening goal in five of their six WC fixtures.
The Swedes have lost just twice to England across the previous ten H2Hs (W5, D3, L2) – last losing in August 2014 (4-0).
The WC knockout rounds have witnessed England score three goals within the first 30 minutes, whilst Sweden have netted just once during the same period.