Netherlands vs Sweden prediction, Women’s World Cup 2019 Betting Preview
European champions the Netherlands have an ominous look ahead of their FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final against Sweden at Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday.
The Netherlands were clinical in their quarter-final victory over Italy, and have scored regularly throughout the tournament in France, but their next opponent has been equally as impressive.
Sweden entered their semi-final as rank outsiders against Germany, but their ability to find a good rhythm and maintain pressure for the entire match has put them firmly in contention for a first World Cup title.
It was Sweden’s first victory at a major tournament over Germany since 1995; the win had even more merit after they trailed 1-0 after 16 minutes. The equaliser came soon after and the winner just after the half-time break.
The result moves the Swedes into the semi-finals for the fourth time in WWC history, while they will be hoping this experience holds them in good stead, as the Netherlands, the 2017 Euro champions, are making their first appearance at this stage of the tournament.
With six players with more than 100 international appearances, the Swedes, on second look, are primed to win a tournament like this. Down back they are rock solid with two defensive pillars backed by one of the world’s best goalkeepers’ Hedvig Lindahl.
The Swedes will attempt to turn defence into attack quickly, but it remains to be seen how this fares against the Netherlands’ impressive system, which made them almost seem clinical in disposing of some quality teams.
The Netherlands will be hoping star midfielder Sherida Spitse can continue her marvellous form from set plays, but they will need to improve up front if they are to beat the suffocating Sweden defence.
The Netherlands Women have been priced at 2.25 to win in normal time, while the Sweden Women are at 3.30 with the draw is paying 3.20.
The “to qualify” markets for the final, have the Netherlands at 1.67 and Sweden at 2.10.
The winner of this match will meet the victors of the USA-England clash in the final of the Women’s World Cup.
Below we will give our Netherlands vs Sweden prediction and highlight a few of our best bets for this FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final.
Netherlands v Sweden – Women’s World Cup match information:
Who: Sweden vs Netherlands
What: FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final
When: Wednesday, July 3, 9pm (local time)
Where: Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Best bets: Sweden vs Holland
Here are our best bet predictions ahead of the Sweden vs Netherlands WWC semi-final. We will update this article as the kick-off draws closer and more betting odds are released.
Both teams to score in regulation time
With both teams scoring frequently throughout the Women’s World Cup, we think it would be a fitting semi-final if both scored here. The opposing game styles, with Holland’s system-based approach, and Sweden’s ability to turn defence into offence in the blink of an eye tells us that there will be goals scored and we think both teams will score at least once. Both teams to score is paying 1.91 with leading betting operator WilliamHill.com.
Vivienne Miedema to score
The Arsenal star scored her 61st international goal for Holland in their 2-0 quarter-final win over Italy. The going will be tougher here for Miedema against the swarming defence of Sweden, but we think the Oranje forward will still get plenty of opportunities. While player markets are not yet released for the Holland-Sweden clash, Miedema should be priced at around 4.00 to score at any time.
Sweden vs Netherlands betting prediction
While the Netherlands team is favoured in betting, we think the Swedes should not be underestimated. While our head is predicting a clinical 2-1 victory to the Dutch here, our gut is telling us a result won’t come until extra time. A Netherlands win in extra time is paying 10.50, while Sweden is priced at 12.00.
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