2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Australia vs. Sweden Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/16/15
Sweden (0-0-2) vs. Australia (1-1)
World Cup: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: Sweden +112 / Australia +210 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
Australia and Sweden meet in their third match Tuesday night in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Australia is coming off a 2-0 win over Nigeria and would love another victory here. Australia continued its aggressive ways, getting 13 shots off overall and five on target. In this tournament, Australia has 24 shots overall and 11 which have been on target. Kyah Simon and Lisa De Vanna have combined for the Aussie’s three goals in their first two matches. Australia will continue to push the pace and has the speed on the edges to give defenses issues if not disciplined. Defensively, Australia has allowed eight shots on target and has asked its goalies to make some nice saves. Australia has also played smart soccer, as it's committed 24 fouls this tournament but has yet to produce a yellow card.
Sweden is coming off a 0-0 draw against the United States, a match it probably feels it should have won. Sweden got off nine shot attempts and had a ball that was just inches away from finding the net in the final minutes. Still, Sweden may not get many quality shots, but it has scored on three of its four shots on target. Linda Sembrant and Nilla Fischer are the two Swedish players to score for their country. Defensively, Sweden could be better, as it’s allowed seven shots on target out of 26 shots overall and hasn’t done a great job of controlling the ball in either match. Still, Sweden controls its own destiny as far as making the final 16 teams is concerned and should feel confident heading into this match after going toe-to-toe with the tournaments overall favorite.
This is a must-win game for Sweden, but it’s not going to come easy, as Australia is also playing with a point to prove and has the ability to steal one in this match. I’m leaning with Australia, as it’s been more consistent.
Sweden hasn't been that impressive this tournament, and Australia is the type of team that won't be afraid to knock off one of the giants. In a must-win match, I like the Aussies to pull off the upset.