Sweden Women vs Belgium Women. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more ￼
Sweden Women will host Belgium Women at the Leigh Sports Village. The match will take place on July 23, beginning at 00:30 IST.
Parimatchnews will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Sweden Women News & Current Form:
At last year’s Euros, the Tre Kronor were delighted to win bronze medals. And this campaign started condfidently for them: in eight rounds of UEFA EURO 2022 qualifying, the Blue-Yellows claimed seven victories and a draw, which pushed them into first place in the group. The Swedes scored 40 goals and conceded just twice.
In the World Cup qualifiers, the Scandinavian side recorded six successful matches in seven rounds, which ensured first place and an early pass to the Mundial.
Sweden drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in England in the first leg of the Euros, before pulling out a 2-1 win against Switzerland.
The Swedes ended the group stage with a 5-0 defeat of Portugal, which had everything – a Filippa Engeldahl double, an own-goal and a penalty. Thus, Sweden advanced to the quarterfinals from first place.
The Swedes can certainly look to aim high. Based on their last match, it looks like they have found their game and now the Belgians will be in for a real challenge.
Belgium Women News & Current Form:
The Reds scored seven wins in eight games during the Euro 2022 qualifying rounds. 21 points was enough to secure the top of the table. Offensively, the team produced 37 goals, conceding seven.
At the start of the tournament the Belgians drew with Iceland (1-1), conceding in the second half, but quickly earned and converted a penalty. And luckuly for the Red Flames, the Icelanders failed to convert the spot-kick in the first half. The influence of luck and randomness on the outcome here is undeniable. And the element of good luck will continue to be with the team.
As expected, Belgium lost in the second round to France 1-2. All the goals were scored in the first half, and the score could have been even worse but the French failed to convert a penalty in the closing stages. The shot was poorly executed and the goalkeeper easily deflected the ball. Even here, there was a touch of fluke.
In the final match of the group stage the Belgians managed to beat Italy thanks to the only goal at the beginning of the second half. This was enough to qualify for the play-offs from second place.
That being said, Les Diables Rouges will clearly have a tough time against such a powerful opponent as Sweden. All the fortune is probably used up, perhaps the head coach has something special in store for the play-offs.
Sweden Women form guide (all competitions): W-D-W-D-W-W
Belgium Women form guide (all competitions): W-L-W-D-L-W
Sweden Women vs. Belgium Women Head-To-Head Record:
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Sweden Women vs. Belgium Women Predicted XI:
Sweden (4-4-3): Hedvig Lindahl (GK), Amanda Ilestedt, Magdalena Eriksson, Linda Sembrant, Jonna Andersson, Filippa Angeldal, Kosovare Asllani, Nathalie Bjorn, Johanna Kaneryd, Stina Blackstenius, Fridolina Rolfo.
Belgium (4-4-3): Nicky Evrard (GK), Jody Vangheluwe, Sari Kees, Julie Biesmans, Davina Philtjens, Janice Cayman, Justine Monique Vanhaevermaet, Tine de Caigny, Elena Dhont, Hannah Eurlings, Tessa Wullaert.
A statistical preview:
- Sweden have scored over 1.5 goals in 12 of the last 13 home games.
- Sweden have not lost in each of their last 24 home games.
- Sweden have won in 18 of the last 19 home games.
- Belgium have not lost in 8 of the last 9 away games.
- Belgium have scored less than 2.5 goals in each of their last 6 EC away games.
What has been said before the match:
Magnus Wikman, Sweden assistant coach:
“Belgium are relatively good at everything and maybe that will mean this match has more flow than our previous ones.”
Magdalena Eriksson, Sweden defender:
“Belgium seem like a very well-coached team. They played like a team and through every third of the pitch you can see they have a clear ethos. Even when they played Italy, who were higher-ranked, you could see that they had their idea and they went with it. They really look like a strong group.”
Fridolina Rolfö, Sweden forward:
“[Being favourites is] something we have to learn how to handle. We have come here saying that we want to go a long way and we need to show that too. We are expected to win this match; now we have to live up to that. We want to fight for the medals so we have to win this match and demonstrate what we can do.”
Tessa Wullaert, Belgium forward:
“We have reached our goal, but we will go for it 100% against Sweden. We have had one day less than Sweden day to recover, so it is important to rest well. We don’t have much to lose, but we’re certainly not going to make it easy for them. We have to prove to ourselves what we can do. We’ll see where that takes us.”
Sweden Women vs. Belgium Women Prediction:
Belgium barely managed to get into the play-offs as they beat Iceland by one point thanks to their last-round victory over Italy. Sweden, on the other hand, were very confident in the group stage: the team lost points in only one match, a 1-1 draw with the tough Netherlands. The Tre Kroners have a good chance of breaking into the semi-finals without any problems – the Belgians are far below their level.
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