Sweden and Portugal meet within the ultimate spherical of the Group C matches this weekend.
The Swedes got here to the European Championships 2022 as one in every of the event favorites and can safe a spot within the knockout rounds so long as they don’t lose the autumn to a shocking defeat right here. But to win the group, they have to be sure that they’ve a superior purpose distinction in opposition to the Netherlands, which at present leads the extremely tight place on targets scored.
Portugal has twice come from a 2-0 deficit, a 2-2 draw in opposition to Switzerland and misplaced 3-2 to the Netherlands. They may nonetheless qualify for knockouts, nevertheless it would require what can be a historic victory for them and to be sure that their purpose distinction is healthier than Switzerland.
When is the kick-off? Sunday 17 July, 17:00 (BST)Where is the match performed? Leigh Sports Village, LeighTV channel / livestream? BBC iPlayer (UK)What time does the protection begin? 16:20 (BST)
Peter Gerhardsson gave Sweden a free coaching day on Friday, the place gamers used the spa services at their resort to relaxation and chill out.
Johanna Rytting Kaneyrd impressed from the bench in opposition to Switzerland and is pushing for a begin right here. Gerhardsson will most likely additionally maintain the again 4 system he adopted in opposition to the Swiss.
If solely Portugal had not misplaced 2-0 in each of their matches thus far, they may have had some factors on the board by now and are on their method into this match with a better probability of constructing knockouts than they makes. The key shall be to be higher at defending strong targets.
Coach Francisco Neto can select the identical crew once more, however Kika Nazareth is once more pushing for a begin after one other promising substitute look in opposition to the Netherlands.
Sweden (4-2-3-1): Lindahl; Glas, Ilestedt, Björn, Eriksson; Seger, Angeldahl; Rytting Kaneyrd, Asllani, Rolfo; Blackstenius
Portugal: (4-3-3): Pereira; Amado, Gomes, Costa, Marchao; Do. Silva, T. Pinto, Norton; J. Silva, Di. Silva; Borges
The apparent winner right here must be Sweden. They haven’t had issues in their very own method, they’ve been reconnected by the Netherlands after which waited till the later levels to beat Switzerland, however the crew has the expertise and high quality to get the job accomplished.
However, Portugal shouldn’t be underestimated. They had been unfortunate not to truly beat Switzerland and pushed the Netherlands exhausting to the top. Admitting has been the problem.
Tip: Sweden 3-1 Portugal
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