England v Sweden Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

England to edge European quarter final clash

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England v Sweden Betting Prediction – World Cup 2018 7th July – 3.00 p.m

England are still yet to pick up a clean sheet at the 2018 World Cup but they are in the quarter finals and are in with a fighting chance of making it through to the final four. The Three Lions exerted themselves a lot in a physical battle with Colombia in the last round. Will their period of extra time have taken something out of them? Sweden edged out Switzerland 1-0 in their round of sixteen tie and they have strong head to head form against the Three Lions in major tournaments as well. Read our England v Sweden predictions for this massive European showdown.

England v Sweden Betting Odds*

England 10/11
Draw 12/5
Sweden 15/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2018 at 7.45 p.m.)

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England News and Form

All credit due to England first digging in their and holding their nerve in a penalty shootout against Colombia. It was a tough game for the Three Lions as they had to deal with some less than friendly gamesmanship from the South Americans. After the excitement and drama of the night in Moscow England need to get themselves back down to earth and focused again. One clear weakness of England does appear to be creating chances from open play and that can be credited to neither Raheem Sterling or Dele Ali really having had great tournaments so far. If a goal can both click then England will be on to a big winner. Harry Kane keeps providing for England and with his penalty against Colombia he is up to 6 goals for the tournament and he is the 11/4 favourite in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken from July 4th, 2018 at 7:51 pm) with bet365. England never deserted their style of wanting to bring the ball forward against Colombia no matter how much they were being harassed and they deserve credit for that too.

England v Sweden World Cup 2018 Infographic

Barring injuries we are not likely to see any changes in the England starting 11 and you are not going to anything different from them tactically. By no stretch of the imagination, is this going to be an easy game for England because of how well organised Sweden are. The Swedes are really tough to break. The difference in this game could be the fact that England have far more match winners and a higher degree of individual talent than their opponents do. England to win by a one-goal margin is at 12/5 odds* (betting odds taken from July 4th, 2018 at 7:51 pm) and is one of our leading predictions for the England v Sweden game. England still have not collected a clean sheet at the 2018 World Cup so far and they only have one in their last seven. To be fair though they have not conceded more than one goal in any game played since the beginning of September last year. England have scored in all but one of their last eight games In this fixture is going to be about them staying focused and not getting carried away and complacent after a success over Colombia. England will be making a run at reaching the semi finals for the first time since 1990.

Sweden News and Form

There can be no faulting what Sweden have achieved so far at the 2018 World Cup. They may well have flown under the radar all of the way, but there have been some notable moments of character from them. After harshly being denied a point against Germany in the group stage, Sweden hit back well by beating Mexico 3-0 and then they were up as underdogs against Switzerland in the round of 16. In a game that was far more wide open than had ever been predicted with plenty of chances at both ends over at the 90 mins, the game was settled by Sweden’s Emil Forsberg in the second half of the game. While the Swedes will be left elated from their success, the one downside one supposes is that they were extremely wasteful in front of goal and that will bring into question their quality up front. Under 1.5 goals at bet365 is at 6/4 odds* (betting odds taken from July 4th, 2018 at 7:51 pm). To be fair Sweden’s weakest area does appear to be in the attacking department

You pretty much know at this point what you are going to get from Sweden. They sit back, they keep they shape well and they aren’t afraid to launch long balls forward. That is when they will use their height and physicality to try and win those first balls to settle attacking plays. Not since the end of their qualification group to reach the World Cup finals have Sweden being a major threat in front of goal. Aside from their big win over Mexico Sweden had not scored more than one goal in a game since and 8-0 triumph over Luxembourg back in October last year. In total Sweden have scored six goals in their last seven games with three of those coming against Mexico. Sweden’s three wins at the 2018 World Cup are their only ones in their last ten games (D4 L3). To their credit though they have hit the back of the net at least once in each of their four World Cup 2018 games. Sweden have really excelled to get to this point and there is immense pressure on right now so we are going with both teams not to score for our Sweden v England prediction at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken from July 4th, 2018 at 7:51 pm).

England v Sweden Head to Head

During the buildup for this Sweden v England quarter-final, you are going to see a lot about how Sweden boss England in the head to head. England have collected just one victory in their last eight games against Sweden in major tournaments. But that win was in their most recent competitive meeting which was at Euro 2012 where England took a 3-2 victory. The Three Lions have won two of their last three games against Sweden including international friendlies. But those are the only two wins for England over Sweden in their last fifteen meetings so the Swedes historically have been a bit of a bogey side for the Three Lions.

England v Sweden Predictions

With the organised defence of Sweden, England are going to have a hard time breaking them down. We saw against Colombia that the Three Lions didn’t create too much in and around the box other than from set pieces. It may be a set pieces which wins this. Back an England 1-0 correct score.