2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Nigeria vs. Sweden Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/8/15
Sweden (0-0) vs. Nigeria (0-0)
World Cup: Monday, June 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: Nigeria +756 / Sweden -260 -- Over/Under: 3.5 See the Latest Odds
Nigeria and Sweden will play their opening round matchup to the 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup Monday afternoon.
Nigeria has reached every World Cup but looks for its first advance past the group stage since 1999. Nigeria is an aggressive and athletic team that wants to push the tempo and get plenty of looks at the net. Perpetua Nkwocha is a four-time African Footballer of the year, while Asisat Oshoala and Desire Oparanozie are two young players who can create instant offense. Francisca Ordega will be the x-factor for the Super Falcons. Nigeria has the playmakers to really turn heads this tournament and will get its fair share of shots on the offensive end. However, Nigeria’s aggressiveness on the offensive end can lead to mistakes defensively, which is why its just 1-1-7 in its last three World Cup appearances.
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Sweden also has yet to miss a World Cup and has reached at least the quarterfinals five of its last six appearances. Sweden has changed things up a bit with Pia Sundhage now running the show and focuses more on a technical approach and playing a clean game. Sweden also relies heavily on Caroline Seger, who anchors the midfield of its 4-4-2 formation. Of course, Lotta Schelin brings the playmaking ability with her 80 national goals, and Nilla Fischer is no stranger to the big stage and is more than capable of finding the net. Sweden has the talent and the experience to make another deep run in this tournament. The only question I have with Sweden is its ability to get passive at times and not go for the kill when the chances present itself. Sweden is too talented not to be aggressive most of the time.
Sweden is the better team and has what it takes to be a dark horse contender to win it all. However, Nigeria is no pusher whatsoever and its aggressiveness could put pressure on a Sweden team that sometimes comes out a little sluggish.
I’m not calling an outright upset, but I will take the Super Falcons and the points.