2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Third Place Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Written by on July 4, 2019

After a grueling loss, is there anything worse than playing in a 3rd place match? England and Sweden will be able to answer that question after Saturday’s 3rd place match. The ladies from the United Kingdom were defeated by the United States on Tuesday, thus sending them to the 3rd place match. On Wednesday, Sweden lost to the Netherlands 1-0. The loss put Sweden into Saturday’s match, let’s take a look a the latest Soccer Odds while making some predictions.

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Third Place Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Sweden

Team Sweden is the ninth-ranked team in the world and is the lowest-rated team left in the field. On their road to Saturday’s match, Sweden defeated Chile and Thailand, lost to the United States, beat Canada, upset the German national team, and then lost to the Netherlands. Sweden is led by Sophia Jakobsson and striker Stina Blackstenius. Jakobsson makes the Swedish team go. She plays well under pressure and is a presence that the English team will have to fear. Blackstenius is the key to Sweden’s offense. She scored huge goals against Canada and Germany. If she can put the ball in the back of the net against England, Sweden will have a great chance of winning against England.

England

England got to the final four by defeating Scotland, Argentina, Japan, Cameroon, and Norway. They then lost to the United States in the semifinals, thus putting them into the 3rd place match. England is rated as the 3rd best team in the world by FIFA. They are looking to finish 3rd for the second time in their World Cup history. The English defense has been stellar throughout this tournament. They allowed one goal in their first match against Scotland and then gave up two to the United States. In only allowing three goals throughout the tournament, England has been tough to score upon. Led by veteran goalkeeper Karen Beardsley, the English defense has been stellar. Lucy Bronze has also been a key factor in England’s defensive effort. Many see Bronze as one of the world’s top players. She is usually a key factor in stopping the other team’s best player. Even though she is known for her tough defense, she is also a huge scoring threat. England’s offense is led by Ellen White. White is only one of three players in this year’s World Cup to score five goals. If Sweden doesn’t contain White, they could be in for a long match. Both teams will need to create some energy for themselves after coming off of crushing defeats. Whichever team can muster up a quick goal will have a huge advantage. England knows that they had every opportunity to knock off the powerful United States, so a victory here would be a good way for them to end their World Cup.

Exciting End for Both

Even though this isn’t where the teams wanted to be, leaving France with a third-place finish would be a great way to end the World Cup. England vs. Sweden has the chance to be an exciting match, or it can be one where the teams are just going through the motions since they know that they really aren’t playing for anything.