Group G comes into the Women’s World Cup 2023 action with Sweden, one of the betting online favorites to win it all, facing South Africa, a tempting underdog that qualified after winning the African Cup of Nations. This will be the fifth meeting between the two, the first in a World Cup.
Sweden: So Close
Four years ago, Sweden finished third after losing 1-0 to the Netherlands in the Semifinals. In 2011, Sweden finished third after losing 3-1 to Japan in the Semifinals. In 2003, they finished second after losing 2-1 to Germany in the Grand Finale. We’re talking about a very experienced team determined to finally take the next step.
They had no trouble during the UEFA qualifiers, winning Group A thanks to a 7-1-0 record, 32 goals for and only two against. Lina Hurtig and Fridolina Rolfo led the way with five goals each. Rolfo is the main reason to consider including Sweden in your soccer picks. She’s playing at a very high level and is highly motivated after scoring the winning goal in the latest UEFA Champions League Final, which Barcelona won 3-2.
Sweden had several friendly matches over the last month. Most recently drawing 3-3 to Norway. They also managed a 0-0 draw to Germany and defeated China PR 4-1.
To say that Sweden comes in as the soccer betting favorite is an understatement. They’re offering a -1200 price to win straight up.
“I think we should embrace being favorites – because we’ve earned it,” said head coach Peter Gerhardsson during an interview. He’s right. Plus, Gerhardsson took over in 2017, meaning they’ve trusted the process.
South Africa: Eager to Rewrite History
This will be South Africa’s second World Cup. They didn’t perform well four years ago, losing all three matches with an 8-1 aggregate. That’s right, South Africa will try to win their first WC match.
The squad is highly motivated after becoming the best team in Africa. They won the 2022 African Cup of Nations with an unbeaten record, defeating powerhouses such as Nigeria and Morocco.
Individually, Linda Motlhalo is the main reason to consider wagering on South Africa, which is offering a +2100 soccer odds to win straight up.
Motlhalo, who plays for Glasgow City FC, is considered one of the best midfielders in the world. Her nickname is Randfontein Ronaldinho. She’s highly motivated after winning her first league title in May and has scored 18 goals in 65 caps for South Africa.
South Africa must play a perfect match to have a chance and the players are aware of it.
“Every chance that we create needs to be in the back of the net. We need to play more compact and not lose discipline on the field of play,” said goalkeeper Andile Dlamini to the press.
Sweden vs South Africa Head-to-Head
Sweden and South Africa have collided four times. The European side leads the series 2-2-0. Those two victories were in Olympic Games. Most recently, they collided in 2019. The match finished with a goalless draw.
The total for Saturday’s clash is set at three goals, with the over offering a -135 price in the sportsbook. The total has gone over three goals once between these two, in 2012.
Sweden vs South Africa Match Information
- Match: Sweden vs South Africa
- Date/time: Sunday, July 23, 1 a.m. ET
- Location: Sky Stadium, Wellington
- Sweden vs South Africa Stream: fubo.tv
Sweden vs South Africa Betting Lines
Sweden vs South Africa Picks and Prediction
Forget about an upset. Sweden will get the three points. However, you can also forget about a blowout. First, Dlamini was named South African Sports Star of the Year in March. She had a lot to do with them winning the African Cup of Nations. Second, not too long ago Sweden lost 4-0 to Australia and 1-0 to Denmark. Right now, their confidence is 50/50.
I think Sweden will win 2-0, which is why you should bet on the under. Make sure to check our soccer live betting panel because the price can further improve.