England v Sweden (3pm)

  1. England to qualify
  2. Harry Kane to score anytime
  3. Over 2 cards in the match
  4. Over 7 corners in the match
  5. Most goals to be scored in the second half
Odds: 6/1* *Odds may vary
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This Saturday, July 7: England v Sweden Bet Builder is a great price for some fairly nailed on selections including corners, cards and of course, Kane.

Football might be coming home for England. A clear route to the final has presented them with the best chance in years. But Sweden are in the quarter finals for a reason. They beat a decent Swiss outfit in the last round, and pummeled Mexico in the group stages. They don’t have any superstars but they are very organised defensively and work well as a team. Only conceding two goals to Germany and keeping three clean sheets tells you that much.

Panama aside, England have struggled to breakdown any defence so far. Penalties and set-pieces have been the main goal-scoring options, which won’t worry the disciplined Swedes. They certainly won’t go for the royal rumble approach to defending that Columbia opted for. England are marginal favourites but we think this one is going the distance again. Quite possibly a 0-0 or a low scoring draw that leads to penalties is our best guess. The England penalties so far have looked strong and confident. If it goes to pens, we reckon England have got this in the bag. Hence, England to qualify is the first selection.

Kane never stops

If there are any goals, it seems inevitable that Kane will be there tapping it in. With penalties playing such a huge part in this tournament, and Kane whacking them in for fun, we think he is the safest of goal-scorer inclusions in any bet builder.

Cards is a tricky one to call because no one wants to be picking up a ban and missing any matches. However, Sweden’s last game saw four cards, the game before that five cards, four before that and three in their first. England trump that with seven cards in the Columbia game, mostly from the opposition. Only the Tunisia game saw fewer than 2 cards so we think this is a safe bet, especially as it will be a close one.

For the corners selection, we’re taking a stab at over 7 corners in the game. There were nine corners in England’s game against Columbia and fourteen in Sweden’s knockout game. In fact, between the two of them, neither have seen a game with fewer than seven corners this tournament. Safe as houses.

Second half action

Why do we think more second half goals than first? All of Sweden’s World Cup games have seen more second half goals. England’s last two games have seen the same. If this is as close as people expect it to be then a tense first half with little goalmouth action and a more open second half should mean goals come later on.

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