Sweden Women to storm off semis

Sweden Women to storm off semis

Sweden Women are looking to enter the semi-finals with renewed confidence, as they meet with Japan Women for their quarterfinals in the contests. On their last match, many were surprised by Sweden as they were able to eliminate the defending champions. Japan on the other hand had a comfortable 3-1 win against Norway in the round-of-16. Sweden proved why they are one of the teams with most podium finish, during their knockout match. However, they continue to hunt for the title they never won, through this match. Japan on the other hand is one of the most successful teams in the World Cup. However, it has been years since they last won the title, making them eager to win here. From the last five meetings between the two, both have two wins each. This meeting is on August 11, 2023, at 3:30 PM (GMT+8).

Sweden Women

Women's World Cup: Sweden Women
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Sweden are looking to get their first-ever title in the World Cup, as their best finish was during the 2003 season, when they won the title. Moreover, they were also able to bag three bronze medal in the contest, so a podium finish here is not impossible. Adding to their confidence is the fact that they were able to eliminate the defending champions, USA. It was a goalless draw during the knockout stage, but due to penalties, they entered the quarterfinals. Moreover, they also had a dominating win against Italy, South Africa, and Argentina, to earn their spots here. However, things may be tougher here, as they are going against Japan, whose stamina is unmatched. They do not need to worry though, as their win against the defending champions is a proof of how capable they are as a person.

As Sweden is opting for consistency, they are expected to parade the same squad here, the same with their squad against USA.

Japan Women

Women's World Cup: Japan Women

Japan had a flawless campaign coming into this match, which is why expectations were high for them in the contest. This performance is not surprising as they are eager to finally win another title in the World Cup. During the knockout stage, they were able o defeat Norway in a 3-1 score, which proves how dominating they are. That win extended their winning streak in the World Cup into four, a streak they want to extend here. Although their journey from the groups to the knockouts seems pretty easy, they need to work hard here. Japan is going against Sweden, who are hungry for a spot in the next round, and a team who defeat USA. Fortunately though, for their matches, it seems like Japan has a little advantage against their opponents.

Just like their opponent, Japan’s squad is expected to remain unchanged, following their success with the same starters.


Sweden Women (1.5)
Odds: 0.85

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