World Cup 2018 – Sweden-England
Sweden faces England in a 1/4-final game from the World Cup at the Samara Arena in Samara.
Sweden reached the 1/4-finals of the World Cup after eliminating Switzerland in the previous round. Emil Forsberg’s goal in the middle of the second half was enough for the Scandinavians to win this game. Before this they topped their group by winning two of their three matches – against South Korea and Mexico.
England had to go through penalties in order to eliminate Colombia at the 1/8-finals. The Three Lions scored first in the game, thanks to their captain Harry Kane, but Yerri Mina equalized in the last seconds of the match. During the penalties England were better and they clinched their place in the next round.
Both managers will have to deal with some problems before the match. Sweden are going to be without Mikael Lustig, who is suspended for the game. Meanwhile England’s manager Gareth Southgate can’t use the striker Jamie Vardy, who is injured.
The good news for the Swedish team is the return of the influental midfielder Sebastian Larsson. The veteran missed the match against Switzerland because of suspension, but now he’s ready to come back on the pitch and show what he can do. We can expect the manager Janne Andersson to keep his gameplan. When something is working, you don’t try to fix it, right?
As for Gareth Southgate, he also doesn’t have any reasons to make any major changes in the English setup. So far the Three Lions are enjoying success in the competition, which is a compliment for Southgate’s work so far. He was appointed firstly as just a part time manager, but now he’s proving to be an excellent choice for the job.
These two sides have met 23 times in history so far. They both have enjoyed 7 wins, while in nine times the match has ended with a draw. Their last game to date was in November 2012, when Sweden beat England with 4-2 in a friendly game.
Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen shall lead Sweden’s attack against the Three Lions, while we shall see Viktor Claesson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal and Emil Forsberg in midfield. The captain Andreas Granqvist and Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof will start in the heart of the defense, watching out for England’s captain Harry Kane, who is the tournament’s best goalscorer so far.
Harry Kane will lead England’s attack in Samara, supported by Raheem Sterling. In Southgate’s 3-5-2 formation, we shall see Kieran Trippier, Dele, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young in midfield. Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire are the men who shall start in defense for the Brits.
We shall expect some great football between these two teams. By reaching the 1/4-finals of the World Cup, they have proved how good they are. But only one of them will be able to reach the 1/2-finals. Perhaps England are a slight favourite here, but don’t underrestimate this strong Swedish team.