Netherlands vs. Sweden
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 3, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Parc Olympique Lyonnais
The Line: Sweden +230 / Netherlands +125 / Draw +220 -- Over/Under: 2.5
Netherlands and Sweden meet Wednesday in the FIFA Women's World Cup Semifinals at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
Netherlands is in the World Cup semifinals for the first time after beating Italy 2-0 with lat second half goals from Vivianne Miedema and Stefanie van der Gragt. Netherlands controlled the ball for 69 percent of the match and got nine of its 21 shots on goal. You can argue it was Netherlands best performance of the tournament and it came against a respectable Italian side that entered that match playing well. Netherlands has now scored two or more goals in seven of its last eight matches overall and six of its last seven goals scored have come from different players. It just shows the depth the Oranje bring to the table and why this team has been so successful in past recent tournaments.
Sweden is in the World Cup semifinals for the third time in the last five tries and hopes to make the final for the first time since 2003. Sweden is coming off a 2-1 upset win over Germany despite trailing 1-0 early in the first half and struggling with the pace. Sweden controlled the ball for just 41 percent of the match but goals from Sofia Jakobsson and Stina Blackstenius were the deciding factor. Blågult has actually lost the possession battle in each of its last three matches and has managed to win two of those games. Blackstenius has scored two of the last three goals for Sweden and the team overall has scored at least once in nine of its last 11 matches. On top of making the final, there should be added motivation for Sweden with a possible rematch with the US on deck.
These teams met in the Women's European Championship quarterfinals, a match that Netherlands won 2-0 thanks to goals from Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema. Sweden is 10-6-5 against Netherlands all-time.
Sweden just beat a top-three team in the tournament in Germany and did so by dominating the second half, so nobody can overlook this team anymore. The problem is Netherlands has been more consistent this tournament and has a much better track record as of late in big tournaments. I don’t think it’s a surprise to anybody Netherlands is this far based on the depth of this squad and the offensive firepower. Sweden has issues at times gaining traction offensively, and there is part of me that’s worried about a letdown after finally beating rival Germany.
Netherlands is the deeper, better team, so I’ll gladly take the plus money.