Place: Russia. Samara. Samara Arena.
Date: on the 07th of July, 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 15:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, ¼ finals
Sweden (the head coach Janne Andersson)
According to the results of match day on the 3rd of July TOP-8 of the best national teams of the FIFA World Cup in Russia was finally defined. And therefore now, on Friday and Saturday (on the 6th -7th of July), the fight for semifinal berths will be led by Russia, Croatia, France, Belgium, Sweden, England, Brazil and Uruguay. Here we see six representatives of UEFA, and two of the CONMEBOL.
If we compare this top-8 of the best national teams with the FIFA World Cup-2014 in Brazil, the eight best teams of the World Cup has changed for 62.5%, that is, only three national teams – Brazil, France and Belgium have saved their places in TOP-8. And instead of Germany, the Netherlands, Argentina, Colombia and Costa Rica, Russia, Croatia, Uruguay will play in a quarterfinal round, and also both participants of the match in Samara.
Sweden has been waiting for a new triumph of its football team for 24 years. Of course, the experienced football fans remember well Martin Dahlin, Tomas Brolin, Kevin Anderson and other heroes of the American FIFA World Cup-1994 which have brought the third place to Tre Kronor.
And today the new heroes of the modern team of Janne Andersson are Andreas Granqvist, Victor Claesson, Emil Forsberg, Ola Toivonen and other stars of the Swedish football. In the match of the first round of the playoffs which has been spent in St. Petersburg Tre Kronor with the minimum account – 1:0 has won over Switzerland and for the first time for 24 years has got into the World Cup quarterfinal.
England (the head coach Gareth Southgate)
England has been waiting for a new success really long enough – 16 years. We will remind you that during the first in this century Asian World Cup 2002, England under the leadership of the well-known Swedish coach Sven–Göran Eriksson has also reached the quarterfinal stage where it has lost to the future winners of the tournament (Brazil) – 1:2 (Owen – Rivaldo, Ronaldinho).
And now, on the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Gareth Southgate’s team became the last known participant of the quarterfinal. We will remind you that during the incredibly dramatic match against Colombia the Three Lions have missed quite deserved victory during the added time (1:1). Then they were losing to the rival in a series of after match penalties (2:3). But, nevertheless, having used Andres Uribe and Carlos Bacca’s two shots, England has managed to win over José Pekerman’s team and got into the quarterfinal.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Sweden vs. England
The formal host of the forthcoming Samara match is Tre Kronor. But, despite this fact, bookmakers prefer England: Sweden – 5.00, England – 1.90.
History of battle of the current rivals contains 23 matches in which the parity is established (+7=9-7). Twice Sweden and England have met in the final tournaments of the World Cups (2002, 2006) and according to the results of these matches the total equality is also recorded (1:1 and 2:2).
Thus, the winner of the forthcoming quarterfinal fight will lead in the total historical score. So, what team should we prefer?