Sweden shocked women’s Olympic football tournament favourites and the world’s No. 1 ranked team, the United States, on matchday 1 of the competition. Now, the Swedes take on Group G’s poorest team, New Zealand, with the aim of winning the group with a perfect nine points from nine on offer.

New Zealand Women vs Sweden Women Match Preview

New Zealand go into the final matchday with everything to play for still. The Football Ferns have zero points from six on offer, but a win could make them one of the best third-place teams at the women’s Olympic football tournament. However, they would need to overturn a goal difference of –6 to have any shot of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

Sweden are already through to the quarterfinals. The only debate is whether they will go through as group winners or as the second-place team. On paper, Sweden should finish off the group stage with a win or draw and top the group.

If they lose to New Zealand, Sweden could be overtaken by the United States or Australia in the standings. The Americans and Australians would need to overturn Sweden’s superior goal difference to top the group for the quarterfinals.

New Zealand Women vs Sweden Women Betting Odds

 

 

Sweden’s 3-0 win over the United States on matchday 1 sent shockwaves through the women’s football world. Not only did Sweden win the match, but the victory was emphatic and deserved. Sweden are the only team to win or draw against the United States this year. Their record against the Yanks shows just how strong the Swedes are at the Olympic games.

 

Leading sportsbooks’ best betting odds on Sweden are at 11/100. They are heavy favourites to defeat the Football Ferns, who have struggled at the Olympics. New Zealand have scored just twice in two games and are heavy underdogs to win the game versus the more superior Swedes. Leading sportsbooks’ best odds for New Zealand to win are at 18/1.

A New Zealand win would be a major shock. The Football Ferns were played off the park by the Americans on matchday 2 and conceded two own goals. By the time Betsy Hassett scored in the 72nd minute, New Zealand had already conceded three times. They allowed three more goals to the Americans after pulling the game back to 3-1.

New Zealand Women vs Sweden Women Team News

New Zealand midfielder Annalie Longo is in line to start the match on Tuesday. She a late substitute in New Zealand’s 6-1 loss to the United States. Her experience could add some steel in the middle of the park for the Football Ferns.

Gabi Rennie and Paige Satchell came off the bench in the game versus the Americans. Both forwards are also in line for spots in the team’s starting XI against Sweden. Rennie scored New Zealand’s goal in the 2-1 loss to Australia. While that scoreline looks close, the game wasn’t very close in reality. Rennie’s goal came in second half stoppage time with the team already headed for the loss.

Sweden have an impressive collection of attacking players. Lina Hurtig and Fridolina Rolfo have scored two goals, respectively, at this year's Olympic tournament. Emma Blackstenius has tallied three goals in two games. Rolfo recently signed for UEFA Champions League winners Barcelona. She will play a significant role in the team’s attack on Tuesday. Blackstenius should start after coming off the bench versus Australia.

Chelsea defender Magdalena Eriksson is in line to start for Sweden. She wasn’t selected for the squad for the first match against the United Startes due to an injury precaution. Eriksson returned to the squad and played the full 90 minutes in the win over Australia.

New Zealand Women vs. Sweden Women H2H

There have been no recent fixtures between New Zealand and Sweden. Our betting tips experts have recent form to go on due to the lack of head-to-head fixtures between them. Sweden have seen over 2.5 goals in both games at the women’s Olympic football tournament. They also claimed a win to nil against the mighty Americans.

New Zealand have also seen over 2.5 goals in both group stage games. The Football Ferns’ two games ended with both teams scoring goals.

New Zealand Women vs Sweden Women Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 11/10 - BET NOW

 

 

Our betting experts are backing both teams to score on matchday 3 when New Zealand and Sweden meet in the Summer Games. Yes, New Zealand have the weakest squad in the group, but they have found the back of the net in both games. Sweden conceded twice to Australia on matchday 2 after playing the match of their lives versus the United States.

 

Stina Blackstenius to score anytime

Our betting tips experts predict forward Stina Blackstenius will score a goal for Sweden against New Zealand. Having conceded six times to the United States, New Zealand have shown plenty of vulnerability at the back. Blackstenius has 17 goals in 64 appearances for Sweden. She plays her club football for Sweden’s BK Hacken. In 12 matches this season, Blackstenius has 11 goals and six assists. She is a superbly in-form player.

Over 3.5 goals scored @ 6/10 - BET NOW

 

 

Goals have been on tap all women’s Olympic football tournament. On matchday 2, both matches (United States versus New Zealand, Sweden versus Australia) saw over 3.5 goals scored. Based on New Zealand’s poor defensive record, -6 goals, and Sweden’s strong play in attack, our betting tips experts believe the teams will combine for more than 3.5 goals scored.

 

All four games in Group G to this point have seen over 2.5 goals scored. Once again, our betting tips experts’ prediction is for more than 3.5 goals thanks to New Zealand’s weak defence.

Sweden should claim a win on matchday 3 of Group G to win the group. A match against either China or Japan looks on the cards for Sweden. A New Zealand loss will send them home for the rest of the Summer Games.