Blågult has a perfect record in head-to-head, with two wins from the two previous encounters in the UEFA Women’s European Championships. After topping a group that includes the reigning champions the Netherlands, Sweden are the strong favourites to reach the semi-final stage against Belgium which qualified by the narrowest margin of all the remaining teams. Therefore, 101 Great Goals’ prediction for this match is Sweden 2 - 0 Belgium and is available at odds of 6/1.
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Sweden welcomes Belgium to the Leigh Sports Village on Friday for this UEFA Women’s European Championship quarter-final match.
The Swedes navigated a difficult group that included Portugal, Switzerland and the Netherlands to qualify as group winners for the quarter-final. This is due to the goal difference tiebreaker, with Sweden’s positive six beating the positive four for the Dutch. The 1-1 draw in the match between the Swedes and the Netherlands in the group’s opening game cancelled out the head-to-head tie breakers. This sees them start the match at odds of 5/1 to win the Women’s European Championships.
These are good odds for Blågult to finish as champions considering the fact someone will need to beat them to eliminate them. Given the fact they are on an outrageous run of 33 games unbeaten, stretching back to a 1-0 defeat by Germany pre-lockdown on 4th March 2020, clearly, this is a task easier said than done.
However, finishing as runners-up in the group may actually prove favourable as it would have placed Sweden on the other path to the final avoiding hosts and favourites England until the final. As it stands, the winner of this match will face the winner of the clash of heavyweights in the England vs Spain quarter-final to be played on Wednesday 20th July. Click here for our preview of this game.
Belgium’s path to the quarter-final stage has seen few goals. In fact, the six goals across three matches are the second lowest of the remaining teams behind only Austria on four. Although, the Belgians are the only remaining side without a positive goal difference with three goals both for and against in the group stages.
Ultimately, Belgium’s qualification for the knockout rounds hinged on getting a result in the final round of games against Italy. After a 1-0 win, courtesy of Tine De Caigny’s goal just after halftime, they finished runners-up to France only a point ahead of Iceland.
It is therefore no surprise to see the Belgian Red Flames are the 100/1 outsiders of all the quarter-finalists. They proved tough to beat in the group stages though and were only defeated by a one-goal margin by a strong French side. As we have seen in knockout tournaments before, the best teams don’t always progress. A defensive side looking to spring counterattacks, or drag teams into penalty shootouts, has caused many a surprise in the past. Belgium will be hoping to be the surprise of this tournament, starting with the elimination of the Swedes.
Filippa Angeldahl Goalscorer - Angeldahl is Sweden’s top scorer in the competition so far with two goals; both coming in the first half of the 5-0 win over Portugal on Sunday evening. The Manchester City midfielder has ten goals now in 35 caps for her country and is 7/1 to score the game’s opener on Friday. Or 23/10 to bag a goal at any time during the game against Belgium.
Sweden team news
Olivia Schough of Rosengård is just one cap shy of a century in international football for Sweden. The 31-year-old winger was an unused substitute in the first two games of the tournament but played most of the second half against Portugal. She will hope her assist for Stina Blackstenius’ injury-time goal will reward her with another appearance here.
Nathalie Björn of Everton is also one cap away from an appearance landmark. a half-century in international football here for Sweden. The 25-year-old has started every match so far in the tournament and is expected to revert back to her usual position in central defence after are rare outing as a left midfielder against Portugal.
Blågult Squad in Full
Goalkeepers: Hedvig Lindahl (Atlético Madrid), Jennifer Falk (BK Häcken), Zećira Mušović (Chelsea)
Defenders: Jonna Andersson (Hammarby), Linda Sembrant (Juventus), Hanna Glas (Bayern Munich), Amanda Nilden (Juventus), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea), Emma Kullberg (Brighton & Hove Albion), Amanda Ilestedt (Paris Saint-Germain), Nathalie Björn (Everton)
Midfielders: Kosovare Asllani (AC Milan), Filippa Angeldahl (Manchester City), Caroline Seger (captain) (Rosengård), Hanna Bennison (Everton), Elin Rubensson (BK Häcken)
Forwards: Lina Hurtig (Juventus), Sofia Jakobsson (San Diego Wave FC), Stina Blackstenius (Arsenal), Rebecka Blomqvist (VfL Wolfsburg), Fridolina Rolfö (Barcelona), Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (BK Häcken), Olivia Schough (Rosengård)
Belgium team news
Amber Tysiak is expected to return to the squad here after missing their 0-1 victory over Italy due to suspension. The 22-year-old, who plays her club football for Oud-Heverlee Leuven in Belgium, played no part in the Belgian’s opening match against Iceland.
After receiving her marching orders for two yellow cards in just 19 minutes as a substitute, she faces a battle to win back the trust of Ives Serneels to involve her again here.
Belgian Red Flames Squad in Full
Goalkeepers: Nicky Evrard (OH Leuven), Diede Lemey (Sassuolo), Lisa Lichtfus (Dijon)
Defenders: Laura De Neve (Anderlecht), Laura Deloose (Anderlecht), Sari Kees (OH Leuven), Davina Philtjens (Sassuolo), Amber Tysiak (OH Leuven), Jody Vangheluwe (Club YLA)
Midfielders: Charlotte Tison (Anderlecht), Julie Biesmans (PSV), Féli Delacauw (Fortuna Sittard), Marie Minnaert (Anderlecht), Kassandra Missipo (FC Basel), Justine Vanhaevermaet (Reading)
Forwards: Janice Cayman (Lyon), Tine De Caigny (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Elena Dhont (FC Twente), Hannah Eurlings (OH Leuven), Ella Van Kerkhoven (OH Leuven), Davinia Vanmechelen (Club YLA), Sarah Wijnants (Anderlecht), Tessa Wullaert (Fortuna Sittard)
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