Its definitely official – World Cup fever has hit England as the Three Lions take on Sweden in their World Cup quarter final later today.
After England’s famous penalty shootout victory over Colombia on Tuesday, the Three Lions are now, potentially, just 270 minutes away from lifting the World Cup trophy for the first time since 1966.
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Single Punter leads Betvictor’s #MillionPoundBet with 17,000/1 Punt
You may have seen Betvictor’s Million Pound Bet on the tv, and the campaign has definitely grabbed the nations attention.
In order to enter you must ‘build your bet’ – which is a new bookmaker addon where you can select a number of markets in the same game – basically a same game accumulator bet. Place only a pound on your selection to offically enter!
The person who wins at the biggest odds at the end of the 2018 World Cup gets £1m!
England – Possible tiredness against Sweden?
Gareth Southgate’s youthful side were just seconds away from securing their place in the quarter finals, but Yerry Mina’s late header forced extra time.
England looked drained, both mentally and physically, but somehow they battled on. Neither team could find a winner in extra time, so it was down to dreaded penalties. Here we go again, echoed around pubs and front rooms up and down the country. Same old England eh? Not this time…
Eric Dier bagged the winning penalty, but it was Jordan Pickford who grabbed the headlines with his terrific penalty save from Carlos Bacca. A first ever penalty shootout victory for England at a World Cup, what next?
How good are Sweden?
Well, it’s Sweden on Saturday with a semi final spot of up for grabs, and when you compare the two sides on paper it should be a routine victory for England. But as we all know England don’t do things the easy way and Sweden are no mugs.
After all, they’ve beaten Portugal, France and Italy since Euro 2016 and topped their World Cup group which included both Germany and Mexico.
After losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to retirement the Swedes have no real world class players in their ranks, but they make up for that in resilience and organisation. Janne Andersson’s side are tough to beat. They have a game plan and stick to it. Only Germany have found a way past their rigid defence so far this World Cup.
Swedes have a habit of keeping clean sheets
In fact Sweden have kept five clean sheets in their last six outings – they’re 6/1 to beat England to nil and 11/4 to keep a clean sheet in 90 minutes.
Sweden boast an impressive recent record against England losing just one of their last eight competitive games. The Nordic side are 2/1 to reach the semi-finals.
England have done relatively well so far, but there are reasons for concern.
They’ve struggled to create clear cut chances from open play and have relied heavily on set-pieces, particularly corners. Other than a weakened Belgium side, who they lost to, they’ve yet to face opposition of any real class. Raheem Sterling is struggling to recapture his scintillating Man City form while Dele Alli looks unfit.
That said, England are into the quarter finals of the World Cup and have the tournament’s leading goalscorer at their disposal.
England v Sweden – Latest Match Odds
Harry Kane has scored with every shot on target in Russia and he’s 3/1 to open the scoring against Sweden.
The Three Lions will have to be at their very best going forward if they’re to unlock a rigid Swedish defence, but with the likes of Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard you’d expect them to have enough quality to come out on top.
England are 10/11 to win the game in 90 minutes.
England v Sweden – The Caughtoffside.com Match Prediction
With Sweden’s excellent defence this should be a low scoring affair. We can’t desert Gareth Southgate’s side now – get on the England to win/Under 2.5 total match goals at 9/4.
This should be a tight, nervy affair, and a goal either way could prove decisive. Fingers crossed its Harry Kane who finds the net.