2019 FIFA Womens World Cup match between Netherlands and Sweden

Monday, July 1st, 2019

By Jonathan Willis
2019 FIFA Womens World Cup match between Netherlands and Swede

Sweden and the Netherlands are quite familiar with one another. These two teams met in the quarterfinals of the 2017 European Championships, with the Dutch winning 2-0 off of goals from Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema. The Netherlands went on to win the Euros, claiming their first major championship in women’s soccer, and now they are looking for more. This is the country’s first appearance at the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup, and the Dutch are hoping for another title provided they can get past the Swedes on Wednesday.

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Netherlands vs. Sweden

  • Date and Time: July 3, 2019, 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Decines-Charpieu, France
  • US Television Coverage: FOX
  • Betting Line: Netherlands PK and -0.5, O/U 2 and 2.5

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Of the four teams remaining at the World Cup, Sweden had the longest odds to get to this point. While the Swedes have made two previous appearances in the World Cup Semifinals (finishing in third place both times), they were considered a good team that would likely exit in the Round of 16 or Quarterfinals of this competition.

Sweden finished in second place in Group F. They were behind the United States, but ahead of Chile and Thailand, and that led to a match with fellow group runner-up Canada in their first knockout game. In a relatively even match, Sweden emerged with a 1-0 win thanks to an excellent penalty stop from Hedvig Lindahl.

In the quarterfinals, the Swedes were the biggest underdogs in any of the four matches, yet they were the only underdog to win. Sweden beat Germany 2-1 thanks to some great all-around play. Lindahl had some big saves once more, but the real story was Sweden’s ability to pick apart Germany’s back line to set up a number of quality chances. That has them optimistic ahead of this match.

Over the past four years, the Netherlands has seen increasingly outsized results, and this is their first appearance in the semifinals of the World Cup. They didn’t look too great in the Group Stage, but they were able to knock off New Zealand, Canada, and Cameroon with second half goals and that trend has continued into the knockout rounds.

The Dutch knocked Japan out in the Round of 16 after a very even match that saw the Netherlands advance after a Japanese defender was whistled for a handball in the box. Lieke Martens stepped to the spot and converted the subsequent penalty in the 90th minute for some Dutch delight.

Their performance against Italy in the Quarterfinals was the most clean of any of their matches in France. They continually applied pressure to Italy’s back line and controlled the possession battle, eventually causing Italy to crack. The Oranje received second half goals from Vivianne Miedema and Stefanie van der Gragt to secure a 2-0 win. Every one of the Netherlands’ games have not been decided until the second half.

Netherlands Player to Watch

Martens was named FIFA’s 2017 Player of the Year, and she is instrumental to the Dutch attack. She has made things happen in the midfield and disrupted opponents’ back lines frequently, and she is always a danger with the ball at her feet. Martens and Miedema play off each other very well, and Sweden must break this up.

Sweden Player to Watch

The Player of the Match for Sweden against Germany was Stina Blackstenius, and she had a phenomenal game. Blackstenius constantly terrorized Germany’s back line, making her presence felt wherever she went on the pitch. She found holes all throughout their defense, and eventually scored the game-winning goal as a reward for her work. A similar performance will be needed for the Dutch here.

Netherlands vs. Sweden Free Picks

Midfielder Fridolina Rolfo will not be available for this match for Sweden after picking up another yellow card against Germany. She will now serve a one-game suspension, forcing the Swedes to go with a back-up option.

I think this will be a very even match that is a nice contrast of style, but the Dutch will eventually pull through.

Netherlands vs. Sweden Prediction: Netherlands 2, Sweden 1 (aet)

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