Sweden will face South Africa in the opening of the Group G games! Our Women’s World Cup series continues with our Sweden-South Africa odds, predictions, selections and guide on how to watch.
The Swedish national team is traditionally regarded as one of the best women’s teams in the world. He is currently ranked third in the latest FIFA rankings. Blagelt has played five games in 2023 and will be keen to continue his good form.
South Africa come into the competition having won two but lost four of their last seven matches. The 5-0 loss against Botswana in a friendly earlier this month must have instilled a lot of confidence in the Banyana Banyana ranks.
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FIFA Women’s World Cup odds: Sweden-South Africa odds
South Africa: +3500
Goals over 2.5: -200
Goals under 2.5: +154
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Why would Sweden beat South Africa?
The track record of Sweden’s women’s national team is impressive. They have qualified for every World Cup, cementing their position as one of the best teams in the world. Despite his consistent performances, he is yet to win a title. When they reached the final in 2003 they came close but lost to Germany in extra time and a golden goal.
Sweden, ranked third in FIFA’s world rankings, has consistently performed well on the international stage. Blagelt finished third in three World Cups, most recently in 2019. Having secured their World Cup spot as Group A winners in the qualifiers with an impressive 22 points from eight games, Sweden are considered favorites to top their group and hope to surpass their third-place finish from the last tournament in France.
Although their form ahead of the tournament has not been ideal, being ranked third by FIFA, they are expected to perform well on the global stage. In their recent friendly against Norway, Sweden engaged in a six-goal thriller in which both teams alternated forwards. The game ended in a draw thanks to injury time goals from Olivia Shaw and Frieda Leonhardson-Manam.
In their last three fixtures, the blue and yellow have been winless with a draw against Germany and a loss to Denmark. Of their last 10 international games, Sweden have won four, drawn three and lost three. In his last ten World Cup matches, Sweden has displayed impressive attacking prowess, scoring an average of 2.1 goals per game, with a total of 21 goals scored and 14 conceded. On average, they managed to prevent their opponents from scoring four times per game.
The upcoming match will be the fifth time Sweden will face their opponent, and they are yet to give up with three wins and one draw. Sweden have managed to keep a clean sheet in the first half in seven of their last eight matches.
During UEFA World Cup qualifying matches, four Swedish players scored at least three goals, demonstrating their offensive depth. With no injury concerns, Sweden manager Gergardsson is expected to go with a 4-3-3 formation for the upcoming Group G contest, with Rebecca Blomqvist leading the attack. Madeleine Janoghi is one player to watch out for. Captain Caroline Sager and vice-captain Kosovre Aslani have a combined 76 goals for the Blue and Yellow. Sofia Jakobsson, Stina Blackstenius, Fridolina Rolfo and Lena Hurtig also have 20+ goals individually for the country.
Why will South Africa beat Sweden?
For the second time in a row and only the second time in history, South Africa will participate in the Women’s World Cup. In their last outing four years ago, they finished with three defeats, so their fans are hoping for a better performance this time around. Still, South Africa are entering the tournament without high expectations, so any positive result would be a pleasant surprise.
The team qualified as African champions after securing their first continental title at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. This achievement has raised hopes of higher achievements under the leadership of Coach Desiree Ellis.
South Africa’s recent performances have been mixed, winning only three of their last 10 matches and losing five, with four of those defeats conceding at least three goals. After a 3–2 loss to Serbia and a heavy 5–0 loss to Botswana, South Africa won their final pre-tournament friendly against Costa Rica with ease. A 2–0 score was achieved with goals from Thembi Kgatlana and Hildah Magaiah in each half, demonstrating their ability.
South Africa should try to increase their attacking strategy in this World Cup. They have struggled to score before the break in seven of their last 10 games. During their last 10 matches, South Africa have scored a total of 11 goals while conceding an average of 2.1 goals per game. He managed to keep three clean sheets during this period.
Head coach Desiree Ellis has not reported any injury concerns ahead of their upcoming match. The team is expected to line up in a 3-4-3 formation, with Jermaine Sioposseneuve leading the attack. Thembi Kagatlana has emerged as the star player, while Linda Mothallo is another player to watch out for. Hilda Magaiah, Sibulele Holweni and Nko Matlu will also be key players for Banyana Banyana.
Sweden-South Africa Final Predictions & Selections
Sweden will not let their recent struggles interfere with their first World Cup game this year. From an offensive point of view, Sweden will probably score a goal in South Africa’s net.
Final Sweden-South Africa Prediction and Selection: Sweden (-1600), Over 2.5 Goals (-200)