Preview - Sweden vs England 07 July 18

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World Cup Quarter Finals
Sweden vs England
Saturday, July 7th, 2018
23:00pm, (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Samara Arena

Last five matches form: D W L W W
Average goals per match last ten: 0.90
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.60
Top Scorer: Marcus Berg (18)

Last five matches form: W W W L D
Average goals per match last ten: 1.50
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.60
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (19)

The penultimate Quarter Final of the 2018 World Cup takes place in Samara as Sweden do battle with England.

The sides have met 24 times in the past and it's almost honours even, with eight wins for England, seven for Sweden and nine draws.

Neither of these two sides were particularly impressive in their Round of 16 clashes. Sweden being second best for long periods against Switzerland and going through courtesy of a fortuitous deflection and some resolute defending. England meanwhile flitted between periods of looking dominant against Colombia and looking to be against the ropes at times.

The strength of these two sides lies at the back. With both having conceded only a paltry 0.60 goals per game in their last ten, a goal-fest seems unlikely and this will probably be a case of who can make the most of the fleeting chances which do come their way. And it is in the finishing department where England would appear to possess the clear advantage, with Harry Kane in particular being extremely reliable when presented with an opportunity.

With temperatures predicted to be soaring, the fitness of these two outfits will likely be tested to the maximum in what may prove to be a war of attrition. One goal may prove to be enough here, and buoyed by finally winning a penalty shoot-out at a World Cup Finals, we fancy England will be the side to get it.

Prediction: Sweden 0 - 1 England


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 6 - 14
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 1 - 6
Possession: 42% - 58%

John Guidetti and Sebastian Larsson were booked for Sweden, with England's Harry Kane also having his name taken by referee Bjorn Kuipers.

England did have Jordan Pickford to thank for a two or three high quality saves, but overall this was a thoroughly professional performance from the Three Lions, who once they had taken the lead never really looked in any kind of serious danger.

As they had in their previous games in the tournament, England looked to be a threat every time they were granted a set piece, and it was from a corner that their opening goal came here. Ashley Young's 30th minute centre being met by a muscular leap and downward header from Harry Maguire - who was nothing less than sensational throughout once again - to send the ball into the bottom left corner. 0-1 at the break. A first international goal for Maguire, and what a time to grab it.

As we have seen in innumerable games in the past - and certainly at this World Cup - one goal is rarely enough, and as ever it looked to be crucial who scored the second goal in this one.

To the delight of Gareth Southgate it was England who grabbed it to create a bit of breathing space. Jesse Lingard's excellent ball into the area seeing Dele Alli beat the offside trap to head home from close range.

Sweden did up their game in the last quarter with Marcus Berg amongst those to call Jordan Pickford into action. They couldn't find a way through though as England coasted home.

So it is England who progress to their first World Cup semi final since way back in 1990. Croatia are next in line for Gareth Southgate's men.

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