The excitement continues to build for England’s improbable run to World Cup glory. Unlike most years the Three Lions were not picked to advance far at Russia. And that is what has made them so valuable on the World Cup betting board. Usually England is an overlay that busts bankrolls. And lets down an entire football mad nation. This time they are national heroes. And beloved by punters for profits won. Sweden is a workman like team. They used to revolve around a superstar. Now they play as a team. And few units play as well together.
2018 FIFA World Cup Sweden vs. England
Date and Time: Saturday, July 7, 2018, 10 a.m. ET
Location: Samara Arena, Samara
World Cup Betting Online Odds:
|England||-½ (-110)||2 (-105)|
|Sweden||+½ (-105)||2 (-110)|
Sweden vs. England TV Coverage: FOX
Thrilling Road for England
The World Cup betting thrills continue for England. In the Round of 16 they defeated Colombia on penalties. The regulation score was 1-1. Colombia tied the game at the end of regulation. Yet the Three Lions were able to keep their heads. They did not fold under the intense pressure. And Harry Kane again demonstrated why he is among the greatest strikers in the world. As well as the epitome of a clutch super star. Kane scored England’s only goal in regulation. And his penalty goal proved to be the difference in a 4-3 decision.
Kane emerged as the marquee man for England during qualifying. He has made everyone forget about Wayne Rooney. In fact, the Tottenham Hotspur ace played so well that he became team captain. Nobody had more clutch goals in England’s qualifying run than Kane. Heading into weekend action he is the top scorer in the tournament with five goals.
Just as valuable of a sportsbook online asset is a man that won’t be on the pitch. Gareth Southgate has emerged as the mastermind manager of the tournament. He is tactically aggressive. Southgate is courageous in unleashing his speedy young team. He didn’t blink at ushering out dead weight like Rooney. And remaking the Three Lions into something truly special. Southgate is a premier visionary. He had a blue print of what England was to become. And he executed it ruthlessly.
Sweden so Far
Sweden got by Switzerland 1-0 in the Round of 16. As expected it was a tight affair. Both teams played conservative. Defense and organization are their traits. Tactically similar there was one difference in the match. Emil Forsberg scored the only goal at the 66 minute mark to preserve the win. The victory epitomizes the new Swedish way.
Manager Janne Andersson also remade his team. Like Southgate he had a vision of what was needed. He learned to get by without super star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In fact, it is said that the Swedes play much better without Ibrahimovic. His departure and Andersson’s tactics have made them a sound squad. One that is better than the total sum of their parts.
Matchup to Watch
England will have the best player in the match in Kane. The captain is on fire. In this matchup he is the World Cup betting difference.
World Cup Betting Odds Picks
England to win and advance as one of the last four teams!
World Cup Betting Online Pick: England
World Cup Betting Online Score Prediction: England 2, Sweden 0
Watch highlights of England’s thrilling win over Colombia!