2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: United States vs. Sweden Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/12/15
Sweden (0-0-1) vs. United States (1-0)
World Cup: Friday, June 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: Sweden +784 / United States -280 -- Over/Under: 3 See the Latest Odds
The United States and Sweden play their second matchup Friday night in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The United States started the tournament with a bang, defeating Australia, 3-1. The U.S. controlled the ball 56 percent of the time, got five of its 12 shots on goal and displayed its physicality by committing 17 penalties. Megan Rapinoe found the net twice for the Americans and goalie Hope Solo saved five of the six shots on goal. Christen Press scored the other goal for the U.S. to give the team a 2-1 lead. Overall, it was a solid performance that had a little bit of everything and provided an early glance as to why the Americans are the favorite to win this tournament. However, the United States will have to improve on the defensive end, as it allowed too many quality looks in its opening match. This will be a far greater test for the Americans.
Sweden had to deal with a tough 3-3 draw against Nigeria. Sweden blew leads multiple times throughout the game and really screwed itself out of three points. Overall, Sweden controlled the ball 49 percent of the time, got four of its seven shots on goal and committed 14 fouls. Sweden has to be pleased that it was able to find offense without one of its top players in Lotta Schelin not even attempting a shot. Linda Sembrant provided a spark off the bench and Nilla Fischer was great on both sides of the field. If Sweden is going to win this match, it has to be far better on the defensive end, as too many players got behind the defense. Also, Sweden can’t get passive after scoring, as it has to remain aggressive.
This should be a physical game and the outcome will likely decide who wins group D. I give the edge to the Americans, as there’s little to no weaknesses with this team.
Look for the U.S. to cover the spread with a late goal, as Sweden isn't talented enough to hang with the Americans.