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Japan vs. Sweden Women’s World Cup: Expert Predictions & Quarterfinal Analysis

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In a clash of formidable defenses, Japan and Sweden are set to meet in the quarterfinals of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup this Friday. Japan’s path through the group stage was marked by dominance, having scored 11 goals without conceding. However, their unbroken defense was finally breached in the Round of 16 with a 3-1 victory against Norway.

Meanwhile, Sweden, having secured the third spot in the 2019 tournament. Sweden faced an initial setback in their opening group-stage match but have since shut out opponents with four consecutive wins. Notably, they overcame the two-time reigning champion United States in a penalty shootout during the first knockout round. The victor of this clash will advance to the semifinals to face the winner of the Spain-Netherlands matchup, scheduled for August 15th.

Japan’s possible Starting: 

  • Yamashita (goalkeeper)
  • Takahashi, Kumagai
  • Minami, Shimizu
  • Hasegawa
  • Nagano, Endo
  • Miyazawa
  • Fujino,
  • Tanaka.

Sweden’s possible Starting: 

  • Musovic (goalkeeper)
  • Bjorn
  • Ilestedt
  • Eriksson,
  • Andersson
  • Angeldahl
  • Rubensson
  • Rytting Kaneryd
  • Asllani
  • Rolfo
  • Blackstenius.

Japan vs. Sweden: Early Morning Showdown

The match is scheduled to commence at 3:30 a.m. ET, taking place at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. According to the current odds for the Japan vs. Sweden encounter, the Japanese team holds favoritism with odds of +128 (bet $100 to potentially win $128) on the 90-minute money line. In contrast, the Swedish team enters as underdogs with odds of +225. The possibility of a draw within the regulation 90 minutes is valued at +200, and the over/under for total goals scored stands at 2.5. Looking at the advancement odds, Japan holds a -167 likelihood to progress, while Sweden faces odds of +125.

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Presenting the wagering odds and tendencies for the Sweden vs. Japan match-up:

Betting Lines:
  • Japan vs. Sweden 90-minute money line: Japan at +128, Sweden at +225, Draw at +200
  • Japan vs. Sweden over/under: Set at 2.5 goals
  • Japan vs. Sweden spread: Japan -0.5 (+120)
  • Japan vs. Sweden advancement: Japan -167, Sweden +125
Team Insights:
  • JAP: Demonstrating their prowess, the Japanese team has impressively outscored opponents 24-3, securing victories in seven of their last eight competitions.
  • SWE: In a commendable display of consistency, the Swedish team has encountered only a solitary defeat among their nine engagements throughout the year across diverse competitions.

Reasons to Support Japan

In their last eleven matches, the Japanese squad has showcased remarkable defensive resilience. Japan isn’t conceding more than a single goal since a 4-0 setback against England on November 11. Throughout this impressive run, they have maintained five clean sheets. A streak that saw them secure four consecutive shutouts before their recent victory against Norway. Notably, Japan emerged as one of the standout teams in the Women’s World Cup group stage. A distinction they share with Switzerland and Jamaica.

Japan’s offensive prowess has been undeniable, having netted an impressive total of 14 goals in their initial four matches. Leading by Hinata Miyazawa, who has contributed a remarkable five goals, accounting for over a third of Japan’s total. Miyazawa’s standout performances include scoring twice against Zambia and Spain. Additionally, along with sealing the victory against Norway with a crucial 81st-minute goal. The team’s attacking efforts have also been bolstered by Mina Tanaka, who not only shares the lead for most assists in the WWC with three but has also found the back of the net twice. Riko Ueki has mirrored Tanaka’s scoring feat, while forwards Aoba Fujino and Jun Endo have each contributed a goal and two assists.

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Reasons to Support Sweden

In the wake of conceding the opening goal in their Women’s World Cup (WWC) debut against South Africa, Sweden embarked on an impressive scoring spree, tallying nine unanswered goals. At the forefront of their offensive charge stands Amanda Ilestedt, who clinched a pivotal victory with a 90th-minute goal against South Africa and subsequently notched a remarkable brace during a resounding 5-0 triumph over Italy. This marked Ilestedt’s standout performance in her 55-match national team career.

Fridolina Rolfo has emerged as a vital asset for Sweden in the tournament. The 29-year-old forward continued her impressive form, finding the net against Norway in an April international friendly and maintaining her scoring streak with goals in group-stage victories against South Africa and Italy. Rolfo’s prowess extended to the knockout stage, converting a crucial penalty in the shootout against Team USA. Forward Rebecka Blomqvist has also made her presence felt with two goals in the WWC, complemented by two assists apiece from defender Jonna Andersson and forward Sofia Jakobsson.

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