Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Sweden vs England: The two key battles that could decide this game

Sweden vs England: The two key battles that could decide this game

"They have a big chance to win the World Cup".

"If you look at the games we have played of course the opponent has more ball possession, but we have created more unsafe chances. So they have had success, as nobody thought they would", he said.

Swedish sportsman Zlatan, who now plays in the United States and has represented Sweden in two World Cups, took to Instagram on Friday to challenge the former England captain. We still put pressure on ourselves; we don't feel like we are satisfied here. But we'll see. They'll know more than me about the viewing figures, if it affects them, or whatever. "We need to manage the game well and make the pitch as wide as possible". Sweden's strength is their organisation at the back, but England have got the players to open them up, especially out wide, and I can see them getting some joy when they come forward. So, we're gonna have to unsettle them: get in their faces.

While this alone should infuse England with a sense of freedom which has sometimes been absent from their game but they will need to be at their absolute best to break down a resilient Sweden side who have performed well above expectations in Russian Federation.

Charlie Nicholas, Sky Sports: "England have more quality, there's absolutely no doubt about that, but I've not been caught up with the fluency of their play". Colombia managed to tie the game in the 93rd minute, forcing it into extra time, and then to penalties.

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"I miss the national team".

"For me, personally, to be going up against England, the country where I have spent 17 years, it's obviously a little bit special".

"No Zlatan no problem", seemed to be the tone of Sweden fans on Twitter as they basked in the glory of their 1-0 win over Switzerland.

We provide a preview of Saturday's World Cup matchups, complete with score predictions, fixture schedule and a breakdown of the latest odds.

Best prices according to Oddschecker (as of 6 July).

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