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07 Jul 2018 by Rob

2018 FIFA World Cup – Sweden vs England Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 7th July, 15:00

Where? Cosmos Arena

What channel is it on? BBC1

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/football-world-cup-2018-tickets/ca2171?afl=694JWFTART&gclid=CjwKCAjw3cPYBRB7EiwAsrc-ubpt4g60RCE1cxEY1qD29AUk7XLBVGrSrMV_EvR_BqvkoCzBoUdigRoCvlEQAvD_BwE

THE TEAM NEWS

SWEDEN

  • Sweden edged past Switzerland in the Round of 16 thanks to Forsberg's goal but it was nothing more than they deserved after a strong display
  • They will have to make a change at right-back as Lustig is suspended for this match so Krafth will be asked to deputise in his absence
  • Larsson remains an injury doubt due to the knock he took to his head so it may be that Svensson continues alongside Ekdal in midfield

Predicted line-up (4-4-2):

Olsen

Krafth, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson

Claessen, Svensson, Ekdal, Forsberg

Toivonen, Berg

Unavailable: Lustig

Doubtful: Larsson

ENGLAND

  • England finally won a penalty shootout for the first time at a major tournament since 1996 to beat Colombia and move into the quarter-finals
  • They have two injury concerns as both Alli and Vardy picked up knocks in that feisty affair with Colombia and will face late fitness tests
  • Fatigue could well be a factor for them after a draining game in which several players like Kane, Walker and Young all struggled with cramp

Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1):

Pickford

Walker, Stones, Maguire

Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Young

Lingard, Sterling

Kane

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Vardy

THE PREDICTION

Sweden are proving to be one of the toughest sides to beat in the tournament and they are doing so by staying organised at the back and producing an incredible work rate. This will not be easy for a potentially tired England team, and goals will certainly be tough to come by for both sides.

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