SWE-W vs USA-W Dream11 Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
The defending champions United States of America will wrap up their group stage assignments with a game against Sweden, with the top spot very much up for the grabs.
Group E so far:
Sweden started their world cup journey with a 2-0 win over Chile.
The game seemed to be heading for a stalemate with the score being 0-0 entering the final 10 minutes. But Kosovare Asllani (83′) and Madelen Janogy (90+4′) struck timely goals to bag the precious three points for the team.
The 2nd game was much more straightforward as the 2003 beaten finalists made the short work of Thailand, winning 5-1 to secure a place in the last-16.
While the defending champions hogged the worldwide limelight for their out of the world display against Thailand, thrashing them 13-0 in what was the biggest ever victory in the world cup history (both men and women).
The reigning champions were more like the beings from the earth in their 2nd group game, winning by a paltry 3-0 scoreline against Chile.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 match will be played between Sweden and the United States of America at Stade Océane, in Le Havre, France. The ground has a capacity of 28,181.
The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Friday, June 21.
Sony Sports Network has the exclusive rights to broadcast FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 matches in India. Premier members can also enjoy the live action on the official SonyLiv App.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Sweden – L L W W W W United States of America – L W W L L L
Sweden Team News:
There was a stoppage in play at the hour mark after a ball hit Lina Hurtig on her face. She was given a green light to go ahead and was even on the scoresheet in the match. She should be fine for the game.
Head coach Peter Gerhardsson has no injuries or suspensions to contend with, and we expect him to go with a strong line-up against the champions.
Here is the full Sweden squad for the world cup:
Goalkeepers: Jennifer Falk, Zecira Musovic, Hedvig Lindahl
Defenders: Nilla Fischer, Hanna Glas, Amanda Ilestedt, Jonna Andersson, Nathalie Bjorn, Linda Sembrant, Magdalena Eriksson
Midfielders: Lina Hurtig, Julia Roddar, Elin Rubensson, Anna Anvegard, Kosovare Asllani, Caroline Seger
Forwards: Madelen Janogy, Mimmi Larsson, Anna Anvegard, Kosovare Asllani, Fridolina Rolfo, Olivia Schough, Julia Zigiotti Olme, Stina Blackstenius ———————————————————————————————————————————————————-
Sweden Probable XI:Hedvig Lindahl (GK), Magdalena Eriksson, Linda Sembrant, Nilla Fischer, Hanna Glas, Elin Rubensson, Caroline Seger, Fridolina Rolfo, Kosovare Asllani, Lina Hurtig, Fridolina Rolfö, Anna Anvegård
United States of America Team News:
USA are yet to name a full-strength team in this world cup. Centre-back Becky Sauerbrunn missed the opening game with a thigh injury but returned to the starting XI against Chile, where head coach Jill Ellis made wholesale changes.
With no disrespect to Chile, that was the game where Ellis could use her bench strength, for Sweden are no pushovers, and they were always going to present the biggest threat in this group. The 1st spot in the group is up for grabs, so in a sense, the real world cup starts now for the reigning champions.
A total of nine changes were made for the Chile game, three at the back, three in the midfield, while all the three players from the frontline, Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, were benched as well and remained unused substitutes.
Only two of Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Ertz and Abby Dahlkemper will be featuring at the back.
United States of America Probable XI:Alyssa Naeher (GK), Kelley O’Hara, Julie Ertz / Becky Sauerbrunn, Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis, Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan