Sweden vs Italy
Women’s World Cup
29th July 2023
Preview, analysis and predictions for the Group G Women’s World Cup fixture between Sweden and Italy.
Sweden form analysis
Let’s delve into Sweden’s team’s recent performances over their last five matches. They have shown a relatively decent performance, securing two wins, playing two draws, and experiencing one loss.
During these matches, Sweden displayed strong attacking prowess, netting a total of 11 goals. Notably, they showcased their attacking prowess with impressive victories against China PR (4-1) and a thrilling 3-3 draw against Norway.
However, there have been some concerns in their defensive performances as well. Throughout the five matches, Sweden conceded a total of 9 goals, with the match against Norway being the most challenging, where they allowed three goals.
One highlight was their encounter against China PR, where Sweden made an impressive start by scoring three goals within the opening 14 minutes, setting the tone for the match.
In the Women’s World Cup match against South Africa, Sweden demonstrated their resilience and determination, securing a crucial last-minute goal in the 90th minute to secure a 2-1 victory.
In friendly matches, Sweden’s performances have been a mixed bag. They held their ground against Germany, resulting in a goalless draw (0-0). However, they faced a narrow loss against Denmark (0-1) and delivered an exhilarating 3-3 draw against Norway.
Throughout this period, key goal scorers for Sweden included M. Janogy, F. Rolfö, N. Björn, O. Schough, and A. Ilestedt. These players have made significant contributions to Sweden’s attacking efforts.
Italy form analysis
Let’s analyze the recent performance of the Italian women’s team over their last five matches. Their form has been positive, with three wins, one draw, and one loss.
During these matches, Italy scored a total of 6 goals, showcasing their ability to secure victories with a one-goal margin in two matches against Korea Republic (2-1) and New Zealand (1-0).
Italy’s defensive performances have been impressive, conceding only 2 goals in the five matches. Notably, they managed to keep clean sheets in matches against Morocco (0-0) and Argentina (1-0).
In the World Cup match against Argentina, Italy demonstrated their resilience and determination, securing a crucial last-minute goal in the 87th minute to clinch a 1-0 victory. They secured a very important three points in that game.
During this period, key goal scorers for Italy included A. Caruso, M. Rosucci, V. Giacinti, and an own goal from C. Usme, highlighting their attacking prowess.
They are virtually guaranteed a place in the knockouts with a win here. And their tactics would be based on this factor.
Sweden vs Italy: Prediction
This is certainly the most anticipated contest of this group, and it is for good reasons. However, with both teams having registered wins earlier, they are unlikely to play free flowing football. Hence do not expect a lot of goals. Although a draw might be the safest choice for this game, the game could easily lean towards Italy.