The match will take place at the Samara Arena on Saturday (7/7/2018), England excels on paper. The material of players owned by Gareth Southgate shows it.
Sweden is indeed the wrong black horse, even since qualifying. Dutch and Italian made no departure to Russia. After that, Germany was removed from the group phase.
Head to Head
Sweden and England have met 24 times but only twice in the World Cup. Of the two games, all ended in a draw that is 1-1 (2002) and 2-2 (2006). Sweden never excelled first in that encounter.
England are still superior head-to-head from Sweden though not too dominant. Team Tiga Singa won eight times, Sweden won 7 times, the rest ended in a draw.
England has not met long enough. The last time it happened in a friendly match in 2012. At that time Sweden won 4-2, Zlatan Ibrahimovic became a star with a record four goals.
Togetherness and collectivity became Sweden’s main weapon today. The figures of Emil Forsberg and Marcus Berg should be cautioned, when they have no central figure like Ibrahimovic.
Berg already made 13 shots in Russia, while Forsberg with 12 shots. However, both have not been effective because no one shot that was a goal.
Forsberg may have a role in Sweden’s 1-0 win over Switzerland in the last 16, but his shot will not be a goal if it does not change direction because of Manuel Akanji.
As for the UK there is one threat. Harry Kane remains the main hunter. Already making six goals and leading the list of top scorer while, he will be very reliable on the game later.
During the 2018 World Cup competition, Kane performed effectively. His six goals were booked in six shots on target.
England just got up after defeat from Belgium. They conquered Colombia in the last 16 in a match that until the tos-tosan round.
Meanwhile, Sweden is on course for victory. Positive results obtained when dealing with Mexico and Switzerland.
Productivity goals from Sweden is still minimal. They just listed as many as six goals, or equal to Kane’s goal record in the World Cup.
With all the above data, England became a favorti at European bookmakers. William Hill coefficient for England’s victory at 10/11, Sweden’s victory at 7/2, and a draw at 9/4.