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Sweden vs South Africa betting tips: Women’s World Cup preview, predictions, team news and odds

Sweden vs South Africa odds and betting statistics

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Sweden vs South Africa match preview

Will this finally be the year Sweden end their very long wait for major silverware?

Since the turn of the millennium, the Blågult have been the nearly team, losing in the 2001 Euros Final, the 2003 World Cup Final and the Olympic Finals of both 2016 and 2021.

Two summers ago, having beaten USA, New Zealand, Japan and Australia en route, Sweden once again picked up Olympic silver, beaten on penalties by Canada in Yokohama.

Then, at last July’s Euros, Peter Gerhardsson’s team got to another semi-final, but went no further, smashed 4-0 by hosts England at Bramall Lane.

In World Cup terms, Sweden reached the semis in both 2011 and 2019, ousted by Netherlands after extra time last time round.

Thus, most would expect the Blue and Yellows to make a deep run once more, certainly likely to cruise to top spot in Group G.

Since then though, Banyana Banyana have claiming glory at the Africa Cup of Nations for the very first time, beating Morocco 2-1 in the final exactly one year ago today.

So, Desiree Ellis’ side cannot be underestimated and, in wide-open section, Italy and Argentina completing the quartet, South Africa will believe they can upset the odds and sneak through.

Nevertheless, Sweden are likely to start with a victory at Wellington Regional Stadium.

Sweden team news

Following Hedvig Lindahl’s retirement last summer, Jennifer Falk is the new number one goalkeeper, getting the nod over Zećira Mušović.

At the other end of the field, Sweden boast so many outstanding attacking talents, none more so than Barcelona’s Fridolina Rolfö.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Falk; Björn, Sembrant, Eriksson, Andersson; Angeldal, Rubensson, Asllani; Blackstenius, Hurtig, Rolfö.

South Africa teams news

Thembi Kgatlana is, to date, the only South African women to score at a World Cup, on target against Spain in 2019, and she remains their primary attacking threat.

Veteran centre-back Noko Matlou will add to her 161 caps.

Predicted XI (4-4-2): Dlamini; Ramalepe, Mbane, Matlou, Dhlamini; Cesane, Jane, Kgoale, Motlhalo; Magaia, Kgatlana.

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