Sweden vs. United States
|Date & Time||Thursday June 20, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Le Havre, France
The Line: US -379 / Sweden +993 / Draw +464 -- Over/Under: 2.5
Sweden and United States meet Thursday in FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane.
Sweden has advanced out of the group stages in a third straight world cup by beating Chile and Thailand by a combined score of 7-1. Sweden has owned over 60 percent of the ball possession in both matches and has a combined 22 shots on goal. This aggressive offensive style has Sweden oozing with confidence and has helped produce four straight victories overall. Kosovare Asllani has found the back of the net in both matches for Blagult and is the current leader with 34 international goals. With two or more goals scored in five of its last 10 matches and an offense that doesn’t stop forcing the issue, Sweden is becoming a dark horse that could put fear into a top contender.
The United States followed up their 13-0 beatdown of Thailand with a 3-0 win over Chile, as the Americans took their foot off the gas a bit, not scoring a second half goal but also not allowing a single shot on goal. The US has now won each of its last eight matches and has produced shutouts in seven of those matches. Carli Lloyd has three goals this tournament and is the first player ever on the women’s side to find the back of the net in six straight world cup matches. The United States seems to be toying with its opponents and has been able to get whatever it wants offensively up to this point with a combined 30 shots on goal through two matches. Unless a team can slowdown this offensive attack and make things a little more uncomfortable, it’s hard seeing the US being sent home.
The US beat Sweden in the last meeting 1-0 in a 2017 friendly and is 20-7-11 all-time. Sweden beat the US in the 2011 world cup and the 2016 olympics. The US is 3-1-1 against Sweden in world cup group play. Four of the last five meetings have produced two or less goals.
There’s some suggesting that the US would throw this game to maybe avoid France until the later rounds, but Crystal Dunn put an end to that quickly by saying her team wants to play the hosts and in no way would lose on purpose. The United States hasn’t had the toughest competition up to this point, but this team was rolling before the tournament, so I’m not sure it really mattered. The Americans are getting whatever they want offensively and everybody is getting involved. There’s no reason for this train to stop rolling. The US should also be motivated to stick it to Sweden with the way the 2016 olympics played out.
The US sweeps the group.