By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 7th July 2018
Saturday 7th July
Kick-off: 3:00pm BST
Stadium: Samara, Samara Arena
Live on BBC1
Sweden vs England odds
The Sweden vs England odds have The Three Lions as 2/5 favourites to qualify for the semi-finals with their Scandinavian rivals betting at 15/8.
With the winner of this awaiting either Russia or Croatia, the 90 minute odds have England at 10/11 to secure the win without the need of extra-time (a confident prediction from news.williamhill.com), whilst a tie is betting at 23/10. A Blågult victory within 90 minutes is priced at 7/2.
Sweden vs England predicted line-ups
England XI 3-5-2: GK Pickford; RWB Trippier, RCB Walker, CB Stones, LCB Maguire, LWB Young; CM Henderson, CM Ruben Loftus-Cheek, CAM Lingard; ST Sterling, ST Kane.
Sweden XI 4-4-2: GK Robin Olsen; RB Emil Krafth, CB Victor Lindelöf, CB Andreas Granqvist, LB Ludwig Augustinsson; RM Viktor Claesson, CM Sebastian Larsson, CM Albin Ekdal, LM Emil Forsberg; ST Marcus Berg, ST Ola Toivonen.
Sweden vs England team news
England team news
Jamie Vardy will have an early morning fitness test to determine whether he can be available to face Sweden.
Ashley Young is understood to have responded well to treatment on the ankle injury he sustained during of England vs Colombia, and Kyle Walker has recovered from cramp. Both are now expected to be fit to face the Scandinavians.
Fabian Delph has returned to the squad after the birth of his third child, and Dele Alli reporting no ill-effects from his previous injuries in the round of 16 tie.
England have reportedly trained with Eric Dier in the holding midfield role with Jordan Henderson replacing Dele just ahead of him.
Alli, who did not feature against Panama and Belgium in the group stages, could be dropped from the starting XI for Eric Dier.
Gareth Southgate will have to be wary that some of his key players could be suspended a for a potential semi-final clash. Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kyle Walker are a booking away from missing a potential semi-final for England.
Sweden team news
Sweden full-back Mikael Rustig is suspended after picking up a second yellow card in their last 16 match victory Switzerland. Emil Krafth is likely to take his place.
Oh a more positive not for the Swedes, Sebastian Larsson returns from suspension and should regain his place in midfield at the expense of Gustav Svensson.
Blågult skipper and penalty-kick predator Andreas Granqvist will remain with the team following the birth of his second child, after his partner Sofie insisted he did so. Granqvist told the Guardian, “I have a very strong wife at home, she doesn’t want me to come home, she wants me to be here playing football.”
Midfield duo Albin Ekdal and Jimmy Durmaz both missed training for the Janne Andersson’s men on Wednesday, with Ekdal’s issue potentially the more serious.
Hamburger SV star Ekdal is thought to have potentially aggravated a pre-existing injury, Durmaz’s absence from the session was more precautionary.
Celtic and Sweden right-back Mikael Lustig will not be available after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against Switzerland. He could be replaced by Bologna defender Emil Krafth. Sebastian Larsson will be available after serving his suspension. Yellow cards will expire after the completion of this quarter-final.
Sweden vs England match stats
The Three Lions have met the Swedes on 25 previous occasions, coming out on top eight times compared to Sweden’s seven, with nine draws. (Remember what happened last time the two sides faced-off?).
Both previous World Cup meetings were in the group stages and they finished level. The draw is priced up at odds of 9/4.
Blågult are competing in their fifth World Cup quarter-final and they progressed to the semi-final in three of their previous four they arrived at this stage of the competition.
England on the other hand have only progressed from two of their eight previous World Cup quarter-final appearances, doing so in 1966 and 1990.
The Swedes have scored a lowly nine goals in their last 11 games whilst the Three Lions have (that 6-0 against Panama aside) nine goals in their last nine matches. Under 2.5 is currently trading at 6/4 in the total match goals betting.
Sweden vs England players to watch
Harry Kane’s penalty meant that no England player had scored more World Cup goals in a single tournament than six he has so far. A Harry Kane hat-trick is a 25/1 betting favourite pick.
The Tottenham forward has scored with all six shots on target for England at the World Cup- including three penalties.
He is currently two ahead of his nearest rival in the race for the Golden Boot – Romelu Lukaku, who has four goals.
The odds are Harry Kane could become only the third player in the history of the England national team to score in seven consecutive appearances.
In stark contrast, Sweden striker Marcus Berg has had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, the most of any player to fail to score this tournament.
Berg was Sweden’s top scorer in qualifying and is due a goal – he is 11/4 to score anytime in our betting tips.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.