Sweden v Italy Preview

July 15, 2013 | By

The Women’s 2013 European Championship’s continue this week on Tuesday night from the Orjans Fall Stadium in Halmstad, featuring tournament hosts Sweden v Italy.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on British Eurosport High Definition, with a scheduled 20:30pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Sweden v Italy Preview, Women’s 2013 European Championship, Tuesday 16th July 2013

Sweden head into the game looking very good to progress through to the knock-out stages of the tournament having had a fine 5-0 victory over Finland last time out and another display of that performance would surely see coach Pia Sundhage and his side safely through to the next phase as only a point is needed to secure qualification to the later rounds.

Italy are in the same position as their opponents and also know that a point would be enough to secure their place through to the later rounds of this competition as long as Finland don’t beat Denmark which looks unlikely.

Sweden v Italy Team News

Sweden Team News:

Coach Pia Sundhage is unlikely to make any changes to the side that comfortably beat Finland 5-0 last time out, so expect to see both midfielder Nilla Fischer and striker Lotta Schelin going for their 4th and 3rd goals respectively of the tournament.

Italy Team News:

Like Sweden, Italy coach Antonio Cabrini is also unlikely to make any changes to the side that beat Denmark 2-1 and Italy will have to keep a close eye on both Melania Gabbiadini and Patrizia Panico who will be the dangers up front.

Sweden v Italy Head to Head Statistics

28/08/09 – UWC Italy – Sweden
0 : 2
07/05/08 – UWC Sweden – Italy
1 : 0
12/03/08 – ALC Sweden – Italy 3 : 0
05/05/07 – UWC Italy – Sweden
0 : 2
25/06/04 – UWC Italy – Sweden
2 : 1

Who Has The Advantage?

These two countries have played 17 previous matches before this one on Tuesday night from the Orjans Fall Stadium in Halmstad of which Sweden have won 12, Italy have won 2 and there has been 3 draws.

Recent meetings between the two nation’s shows Sweden having won 4, Italy having won 1 and zero draws, which provides Sweden with a huge advantage, especially with being the tournament hosts.

Average Goals Per Game?

42 goals have been scored in those previous 17 games, which gives us an average goals per game statistic of 2.47 which suggests this game might only see one or two goals scored on Tuesday night.

Sweden v Italy Recent Form

Sweden: W D W D W
Italy: L W W D W

Nothing to choose between the two nation’s on recent form, both having won three of their last five games played. However Italy have lost one of their previous five played compared to Sweden who remain unbeaten.

Sweden v Italy Match Betting Odds Market.

Sweden were extremely impressive in their 5-0 demolition of Finland, so no surprise to see the online bookmakers taking no chances and having the hosts the clear odds on favorites to win this game at a best current price of just 1/3 with Sky Bet (£10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers).

The Draw has not happened in the last six meetings these two countries have met each other, but with a draw sending both sides through, I can’t see either team taking any chances if the scores are level late on and with a current best price of 9/2 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) this could be a sensible choice at a decent price.

Italy were pretty lucky in my opinion against Denmark and from what I have seen in their opening two games I just don’t see how they can win this game, so their current best price of 15/2 with Betfred (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) looks about right.

Sweden v Italy Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Sweden certainly won’t want to play for a draw here, not in front of their home fans and I fully expect them to attack Italy from the start in search of that important first goal and if Italy do go a goal behind they will be forced to attack in large numbers which will leave gaps in and behind their midfield for Sweden to exploit even further.

I haven’t been that impressed with Italy from what Ive seen in their first two games and this should be business as usual for Sweden who now seem to have got going with their 5-0 thumping of Finland after a nervous opening match draw and another 3pts should be secured along with the group winners position come Tuesday night.

The head to head stats suggest not many goals to be scored during this one, but we should see at least a couple I think and with Sweden no sort of value to back at their current price, the total goals betting markets could see some healthy returns.

  • Nilla Fischer Anytime Goalscorer @ Odds to Follow Shortly…

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