Germany (4-0-0) vs. Sweden (3-0-1)
Saturday, June 29, 12:30 PM EST
Soccer Odds: Germany -154, Sweden +450, Draw +260
Soccer Free Picks: Germany
Recommended Sportsbook: Bet365
Germany’s Path to the Quarterfinals
Germany clinched Group B at the expense of Spain, China and South Africa with an undefeated 3-0-0 record, all the while scoring six goals and conceding none. They are the only side (along with the Americans) to hold a clean sheet through three games of group play.
Germany opened their tournament with a 1-0 win over China and Spain, respectively. They closed out group play with a 4-0 thumping of group lightweights South Africa. In the R16, Germany won 3-0 over Nigeria.
The Germans began their tournament in typical unassuming fashion. Workmanlike, is a word that springs to mind, as they dispatched China and Spain behind narrow 1-0 victories. In their last two games, though, they rounded out into serious form, and outplayed, outmuscled and outscored their opponents to advance into the quarterfinals. Indeed, in their last two games, they’ve scored seven goals and conceded none. In fact, they are the only team not to concede in the tournament. That is a ringing endorsement of Germany’s quality on both sides of the ball.
Sweden’s Path to the Quarterfinals
Sweden clinched the second spot in Group F with a 2-0-1 record. By all accounts, it was one of the toughest groups with tournament favorites, the USA contained within. The Swedes scored seven goals and conceded four in group play.
Sweden opened their campaign with a 2-0 win over Chile and followed with a 5-1 win over tournament long shots Thailand 5-1. In their last lap of group play, they succumbed to their first defeat – a 2-0 loss to the United States. In the R16, Sweden rose to the challenge and upset Canada 1-0.
Overall, the Swedes have put together a solid campaign to reach the quarterfinals. If they are to get past the Germans, they’ll not only need to find their attacking potential but keep it tidy in the backline.
To Win Outright
Germany entered the quarterfinal round as the third overall favorites to win, tipped at +450 with Bet365. Sweden, meanwhile, are tournament longshots going into the final eight. Priced at +2000, Sweden is tied with Italy as the least likely to win the tournament.
Match Betting Preview:
Of all the quarterfinal matchups, the clash between the Germans and Swedes is the lone clear-cut offering on the soccer odds board. Germany is priced in minus-money at -154 to win straight up, the only team in the last eight to be so favorably looked up. This means they are expected to advance in the semis. The probability of winning is high. Put it another way, a victory by the Swedes would be a massive upset that would send seismic shockwaves through soccer betting markets. Can the Swedes punch above their weight class?
Suppose anything can happen in a tournament of this magnitude and importance to the development of the women’s game. Sweden will need to get to a fast start and crack the German backline if they hope to win. Problem is the Germans look impenetrable on defense and frightening on offense, as they’ve scored more goals in the last two games than any other team. Sweden masterminding the upset is easier said than done.
Soccer Free Pick: Germany -154