England and Sweden meet in the quarterfinals after both teams came through their respective groups and last 16 matches. England was able to see off Group H rivals to book their place in the knockout stages. Meanwhile, Sweden navigated Group F to reach the knockout phase. The Swedish performed well in the group, beating Mexico 3-0. The Swedish have been on a great run this tournament and have talented players across the pitch.
Now, England will meet Sweden in the last eight with both teams being just two wins away from the final in Moscow.
England v Sweden: match winner predictions
Our bet: England (10/11)*
England last won a World Cup quarterfinal match in 1990. The national side has had a long wait and even experienced the failures of a golden generation to reach this stage. England have waited a long time to get in this position and after a strong tournament, the English will finally win in the last eight of the competition. The side’s performances to this point have been good, if unspectacular. However, England have done just enough to get the job done.
Our betting previews
Who will score during the game (Odds: 11/5)*
Our bet: Raheem Sterling
Harry Kane has led England to the quarterfinals. The Tottenham striker has needed help along the way and in the quarterfinals, the other members of the squad will step up to contribute. Raheem Sterling, who has been criticized at times for his poor finishing, will finally get on the score sheet. His pace is electric and it allows him to move into the channels at high speeds. He will get past Sweden’s defense and score for England in the fixture.
Bet on exact total goals (Odds: 13/5)*
Our bet: 1
The quarterfinals will be a cagey affair between England and Sweden. Neither side will want to make a mistake and both teams will play defensively to start the fixture. Due to the importance of the quarterfinal match, both national teams may look to counter.
Sweden played the counter-attack perfectly against Mexico and Switzerland. The team will once again look to break. England will be cautious as well. But based on some of the team’s inconsistent finishing, the winning goal will be a long time coming.
Bet on number of goals (Odds: 6/4)*
Our bet: under than 1.5
The quarterfinal between England and Sweden will be cagey. Neither team will want to concede the goal that will end their World Cup. One goal will decide the match and it could come in extra-time. Sweden will play on the counter-attack while England will be content will retaining possession. Swedish team will stifle the English who love to play quick balls into the channels for forwarding to run on to.
This prediction may evolve following first results of the English squad. Always check latest odds. Odds may vary.
*All the odds mentioned in this article are correct or unavailable at the moment of publication.