England Women are just a game away from Women’s Euro 2022 final at Wembley, but next up are Sweden Women who will face the tournament hosts in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
This is the ninth time in tournament history that Sweden will compete in the last four of the European Championship, while England are making their fourth appearance in the semi-finals.
England dominated in the group stage to top the stangings after a 1-0 victory over Austria was followed by a 8-0 triumph of Norway, before Northern Ireland were beaten 5-0.
Sarina Wiegman’s side fell behind six minutes before the interval after Spain took the lead through Esther Gonzalez, but a Ella Toone dramatic equaliser in the 84th minute ensured that the contest would require an additional 30 minutes.
After being eliminated at the semi-final stage five years ago, the Lionesses will aim to reach their first European Championship final since finishing runners-up to Germany in 2013.
Meanwhile, Sweden are seeking to reach the final of the European Championship for the first time since 2001, while their overall objetive is to end a 38-year wait for a major trophy.
Sweden entered the quarter-final tie against Belgium as huge favourites, but the game looked set to head into the extra time despite Sweden’s dominance.
Nevertheless, in the second minute of stoppage time, Linda Sembrant proved to be Sweden’s hero, sending the ball home from close range to set up a semi-final tie with England.
Peter Gerhardsson’s side will not be intimidated by the prospect of playing the tournament hosts, especially as they have also come out on top in the last two meetings with the Lionesses.
Gerhardsson will hope that he is the one who can manage to mastermind a victory to claim a fourth European Championship final appearance for Sweden.
England Women vs Sweden Women head to head
The two teams have previously met on 14 occasions across all competitions, where England have claimed one victory while Sweden have won nine, and they have drawn in four. England have scored 11 goals and conceded 21. In their last five meetings, England have won one, Sweden three with one draw.
Sweden 4-1 England 04/07/13
England 4-0 Sweden 03/08/14
England 0-0 Sweden 24/01/17
England 0-2 Sweden 11/11/18
England 1-2 Sweden 06/07/19
England Women latest home form
England have recently been on a good run of form at home, having won each of their six most recent matches. They defeated Spain 2-1 after extra time in their last home game in the UEFA Championship. In their last five matches, they have scored 19 goals and conceded just two.
England 3-0 Belgium 16/06/22
England 5-1 Netherlands 24/06/22
England 1-0 Austria 06/07/22
England 8-0 Norway 11/07/22
England (E)2-1 Spain 20/07/22
England Women latest away form
England have recently been on a good run of form on the road, having won each of their six most recent matches. They managed to defeat Northern Ireland 5-0 in their last away game in the UEFA Championship. In their last five matches, they have scored 34 goals and kept clean sheets.
Latvia 0-10 England 26/10/21
North Macedonia 0-10 England 08/04/22
Northern Ireland 0-5 England 12/04/22
Switzerland 0-4 England 30/06/22
Northern Ireland 0-5 England 15/07/22
Sweden Women latest home form
Sweden have recently been on a good run of form at home, as they have been unbeaten in their 10 most recent matches. They managed to defeat Belgium 1-0 in their last home game in the UEFA Championship. In their last five matches, they have scored 12 goals and conceded three.
Sweden 1-1 Republic of Ireland 12/04/22
Sweden 3-1 Brazil 28/06/22
Sweden 2-1 Switzerland 13/07/22
Sweden 5-0 Portugal 17/07/22
Sweden 1-0 Belgium 22/07/22
Sweden Women latest away form
Sweden have recently been on a good run of form on the road, and have been unbeaten in their five most recent matches. They drew 1-1 with Netherlands in their last away game in the UEFA Championship. In their last five matches, they have scored 23 goals and conceded just once.
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Sweden 21/10/21
Scotland 0-2 Sweden 26/10/21
Portugal 0-4 Sweden 20/02/22
Georgia 0-15 Sweden 07/04/22
Netherlands 1-1 Sweden 09/07/22
England Women news
Ella Toone and Alessia Russo came off the bench to play a key role against Spain, but Wiegman cold name an unchanged lineup for the fifth consecutive game.
Geargia Stanway will try to control the contest in midfield alongside Keira Walsh, while Beth Mead will seek to add to her five-goal tally in the semi-finals.
Sweden Women news
Sweden head coach Gerhardsson will hope that Jonna Andersson, Emma Kullberg and Hanna Glas are available here after they missed the quarter-finals due to COVID-19.
He will also opt to continue with a front three of Stina Blackstenius, Fridolina Rolfo and Johanna Rytting Kaneryd for the semi-final contest on Tuesday.
Prediction and Odds
With a place in the European Championship finals at stake, the contest at the Bramall Lane has all the makings of a tricky affair.
However, with the home fans in full support, we think that the Lionesses will come out on top against Sweden on Tuesday to secure a place at Wembley.
Odds: 1 2.15 X 2.05 2 2.28
England 1-0 Sweden
England 2-0 Sweden
England 2-1 Sweden
England 3-1 Sweden
England 3-2 Sweden