Sweden vs. England: 2018 World Cup – Match Preview

England will look to reach a first World Cup semi-final in 28 years when they face Sweden on Saturday.

Sweden edged past Switzerland in the previous round, winning 1-0 thanks to a deflected Emil Forsberg effort.

In a game of poor finishing, Sweden did enough to progress, keeping a third clean sheet in four matches at the tournament.

England recorded their first ever penalty shoot-out victory at a World Cup as they eliminated Colombia.

Jerry Mina’s injury time goal took the game to extra-time, but England progressed, with Eric Dier scoring the winning spot-kick.

Match history
Sweden have an excellent record against England, losing just two of the last 15 meetings.

The last competitive meeting between the pair saw England recover from a goal down to beat Sweden 3-2.

Last five international meetings
Sweden 4 England 2 – 14/11/12
Sweden 2 England 3 – 15/06/12
England 1 Sweden 0 – 15/11/11
Sweden 2 England 2 – 20/06/06
Sweden 1 England 0 – 31/03/04

Under 2.5 goals – 10/21 with 888 Sport

Team news
Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig is suspended for Sweden, meaning Emil Krafth will deputise.

Both Forsberg and Albin Ekdal are doubts for the game, but both should be fit to start.

Ashley Young and Kyle Walker were forced off against Colombia, but both are set to be involved on Saturday.

They could name the same XI that started the game, however Dele could drop out for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Expected starting XI’s
Sweden (4-4-2): Olson; Krafth, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen
England (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dele, Henderson, Lingard, Young; Kane, Sterling

Predictions

Result: England (19/20 with Sky Bet)

Correct Score: 0-1 (19/4 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Raheem Sterling (18/5 with 888 Sport)

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