Time for the Lionesses to roar once more!
<div><h2>England v Sweden</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/world-cup-women/england-vs-sweden-3784161/?mtid=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="England vs Sweden"><strong>Saturday, July 6, at Allianz Riviera</strong></a></p><h2>Form Guide</h2><p>Phil Neville’s Lionesses began their campaign with a lacklustre 2-1 victory over an unheralded Scotland side, but they continually improved from there. They beat Argentina 1-0 and then delivered a fine performance to vanquish Japan, who won the 2011 World Cup and finished runners-up last time out. That saw them top a group of death and teed up a last 16 showdown with Cameroon, who they destroyed 3-0.</p><p>England beat Norway 3-0 in the quarters, a victory sealed with a wondergoal from Lucy Bronze, and they took on tournament favourites USA in the semi-finals. They put in a great shift, but it was not to be as they lost 2-1. Steph Houghton missed a late penalty and they ultimately came up short, but they should be proud of their efforts. Now they have a chance to clinch third place against Sweden.</p><p>The Swedes beat Chile 2-0 in their opener and then secured a 5-1 win against Thailand to assure themselves of a place in the knockout stages. A 2-0 defeat at the hands of the USA followed, but they bounced back with a 1-0 victory against Canada in their last 16 clash. Next up they faced a German side that had enjoyed a long winning streak against them, but Sweden managed to overcome that hoodoo by winning 2-1 courtesy of goals from Sofia Jakobsson and Stina Blackstenius. They had just 36% of the possession, but that was enough. Their semi-final clash with the Netherlands went into extra-time, but it ultimately finished in heartbreak as they lost to a 99<sup>th</sup> minute strike from Jackie Groenen.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>England number one Karen Bardsley missed the game against the USA with a hamstring strain and she is unlikely to recover. Otherwise England have a pretty clean bill of health, but Neville may be tempted to give a few squad players a run out in this game. Ellen White is the joint leading goalscorer at the tournament along with Alex Morgan, and she will be keen to add to her tally in this one.</p><p>England have had an extra day of rest, as Sweden’s semi-final took place 24 hours later and it went into extra-time. Peter Gerhardsson could shuffle his pack in order to replace some tired legs. Yet England look the better team and they deserve their status as favourites. Eight of the 11 goals they have scored at this tournament have come in the first half, so they should come flying out of the blocks in this one.</p><p><strong>Top Betting Tips: </strong><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">England to win at 1.74 (8/11) with Unibet</a> or <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">England half-time / full-time at 2.8 (9/5) with Ladbrokes</a>; <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Paddy Power">White to score at any time at 2.50 (6/4) with Paddy Power</a></p></div>