Sweden v England Betting Tips
Finishing second in the group actually gave England an easier run through to the final on paper but winning knockout matches at the World Cup is never easy.
England certainly didn’t find it easy to win their first knockout tie in 12 years against Colombia. A late, late equaliser took the Gareth Southgate’s team all the way to penalties where they finally won their first World Cup shootout.
Eric Dier’s winning penalty sent England fans around the world wild but Southgate must ensure that his players don’t get carried away. He needs them to be fully focussed for their quarter-final against Sweden who showed all their stubborn resilience when beating Switzerland 1-0 on Tuesday.
Will England Do Enough to Get Past Sweden in Normal Time?
Gareth Southgate suggested that getting through via a penalty shootout would be his preferred option if he had the choice. Long suffering England fans may not agree with the England manager but he was right to be delighted by the character showed by his team.
Some have gone as far as to suggest the Colombia win could be the moment where everything changes for England. Their exploits in Russia follow some big tournament wins from younger age groups and the hope is that the future is very bright for the Three Lions.
That’s for another day though. The players and management currently carrying the hopes of a nation cannot think of anything other than getting past Sweden.
Janne Andersson, the Sweden manager, has created an incredibly close-knit bunch of players who give everything for the cause. Their work rate coupled with the organisation that Andersson hammers into them on the training ground means that Sweden are incredibly tough to beat.
This will be anything but a walkover for England but we think their extra quality and the belief coursing through the team will see them over the line without the need for extra time or penalties. So make sure to take the $1.91 that Centrebet are quoting on an England win.
England’s Back Three to Pass Another Test
The one main concern about England following the group stage was that their defence looked a little shaky. Those concerns were all but ended thanks to the performances of John Stones, Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker against Colombia.
The back-three work very well together defensively and are able to start attacks because they are so comfortable on the ball.
England’s defence will need to be switched on against a Sweden team who can create chances but the lack of any real quality attacking options is likely to be the Swede’s downfall.
Sweden were particularly poor in front of goal against Switzerland and you can try to profit from another disappointing attacking performance from Sweden by backing under 2.5 goals at $1.50 with Unibet.
If you’re comfortable taking a little more risk, try the $8.00 that bookmaker.com.au are quoting on the England 2-0 correct score.
Can Kane Get England Off to the Perfect Start Again?
Harry Kane’s rise from being farmed out on loan to Millwall to one of the very best strikers in the world is incredible.
Still only 24, Kane tops the Golden Boot standings at the 2018 World Cup and has opened the scoring in two of the three matches he’s played in Russia. He scored a hat-trick in his other start so is very much the player most likely to score first on Saturday at $3.75 with Bet365.
Sweden v England Top Betting Tips
England to win at $1.91 with Centrebet
Under 2.5 goals at $1.50 with Unibet
England 2-0 correct score at $8.00 with bookmaker.com.au
Harry Kane to score first at $3.75 with Bet365