The Olympic women’s football tournament kicks off on Wednesday for Group G as Sweden and the United States meet in Tokyo. It is a titanic fixture for women’s football as Sweden and the United States are powerhouse on the women’s side of the game. The two women’s footballing nations will be joined by Australia and New Zealand in Group G of the women’s Olympic tournament. Both Sweden and the United States will fancy their chances of reaching the knockout stages, but Australia will be a strong contender to reach the last eight.

Sweden Women vs USA Women Match Preview

The women’s side of the bracket features 12 teams divided into three groups of four teams. The top two teams in each group advance to the knockout stage of the Olympic football tournament along with the two best third-place teams. Unlike the men’s tournament at the Olympics, there is no age restriction on the female players, allowing for the best women’s players in the world to compete at the Summer Games.

The United States are the world’s No. 1 ranked team according to FIFA. The Yanks are on a 13-game unbeaten streak with 12 of those matches ending in wins. Which team claimed a draw against the Yanks during that unbeaten streak? Of course, it was Sweden.

The Swedes are ranked No. 5 in the world. This is likely to be the tie of the group stage. If Sweden claim points off of the United States, it could sway many pundits to believe the Yanks will miss out on gold for a second straight Olympics.

Sweden Women vs USA Women Betting Odds

 

 

The United States are heavy favourites to win the Olympic women’s football tournament. Betting odds are set at 4/7 according to leading sportsbooks that the Yanks will again win the tournament. In six Olympic Summer Games, the United States have won gold on four occasions. In 2016, the Yanks shocked everyone by finishing fifth at the Brazil games. It was a shock as the United States had never failed to qualify for the final previously. The United States won gold in three consecutive tournaments (2004, 2008, 2012).

 

Leading sportsbooks have the United States at betting odds of 40/85 to defeat Sweden on Wednesday. With the Yanks as heavy favourites, the best betting odds for the United States to win are certainly 40/85.

The Swedes’ best odds to win on Wednesday in Tokyo are at 8/1 to defeat the Yanks. The Swedes are on an eight-match unbeaten run. Again, that includes their 1-1 draw in April in Stockholm against the United States. Sweden go into the tournament following a nil-nil draw in their most recent June friendly with Australia.

Sweden Women vs USA Women Team News

Sweden’s top player is midfielder Kosovare Asllani. The Real Madrid star provides plenty of quality in the centre of the park for the Swedes. She has scored 38 goals in 148 matches for the national team. Club teammate Sofia Jakobsson is another top star for the team and should lead the line against the Americans. Jakobsson has 23 international goals in 123 matches. Stina Blackstenius is another leader for the Swedes. The BK Hacken player has scored 17 international goals in just 64 appearances.

Free agent Christen Press has been on a role for the Americans. She has scored or created 37 goals in her last 37 appearances. The Yanks have a who's who list of players in the women’s game. Carli Lloyd has scored 126 goals in 306 appearances. Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan is another player in the squad to hit more of a century of goals. She will likely start in attack for the Americans on matchday 1.

Twenty-one-year-old Catarina Macario is the “baby” of the squad. She has the squad’s fewest caps with just seven. Still, playing for France’s premier women’s team, Lyon, makes her a possible breakout player at the Olympics this summer.

Sweden Women vs USA Women H2H

Sweden and the United States recently played in April. The game took place in Stockholm on Sweden’s home turf. The Yanks were on the ropes late in the match. Sweden scored just before halftime through Lina Hurtig. The United States scored just before full-time thanks to a Megan Rapinoe penalty in the 87th minute.

The two national team rivals have played seven times. The Americans have posted a record of 3W-3D-1L over the course of those seven fixtures. The Yanks have outscored Sweden 10-6 in those seven previous meetings.

Sweden Women vs USA Women Prediction

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Based on the teams’ previous meeting in April, in which the match finished 1-1, our prediction is that Sweden and the United States will both score on Wednesday in Tokyo. Sweden were the last team to score against the Americans. The Yanks are on a six-match win to nil run. Sweden lit a fire under the Americans. Our prediction is that Sweden will breach the Americans’ defence.

 

Alex Morgan to score anytime

Alex Morgan is one of the United States’ best-ever forwards. Morgan has scored 110 goals in 180 matches for the United States. The 32-year-old has scored four goals in seven matches for Orlando Pride in the NWSL this term. She also made four appearances for Tottenham Hotspur Women in 2020-21, scoring two goals.

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Our betting tips for the game are that the United States will win with over 2.5 goals scored. Yes, Sweden drew the United States in April, but the Yanks are on a brilliant winning streak and it should continue this week.

 

Many pundits’ prediction for the game is that the Yanks will win and top Group G on their way to the knockout stage. It is difficult to go against the prediction of the United States doing well. They have the best squad and will want to make amends for a poor performance in 2016 at the Olympics. Three of the United States’ last four games finished with over 2.5 goals.

Three of Sweden’s last six games finished with more than 2.5 goals. Our prediction is the United States to win a competitive game with over 2.5 goals.