Vice-captain Jordan Nobbs says England can afford to lose matches early in the season, as they have time to improve for Euro 2017. England Women vs. Sweden Women Match Information, Preview, Prediction
The Lionesses face Sweden in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, two days after they lost 1-0 to Norway.
Women’s Super League clubs returned to training two weeks ago, with the new season starting on 22 April.
England Women vs. Sweden Women Match Information, Preview, Prediction
Date: Tuesday, January 24
Time: 5 p.m. GMT/12 p.m. ET
Venue: Pinatar Arena, Murcia, Spain
Sweden’s shock 2-1 victory over Italy puts them in a strong position; another win here against England would surely see them through to the semi-finals.
Hakan Ericson’s men will line up in a 4-4-2 formation with John Guidetti and Isaac Kiese Thelin up front again, provided the former recovers well from a muscle complaint sustained against the Azzurri.
There needs to be a re-shuffle at the back after Alexander Milosevic’s red card. Joseph Baffo slid inside from full-back to cover in-game against Italy and impressed, meaning he could start there again, with Victor Nilsson-Lindelof at right-back.
The two Oscars, Lewicki and Hiljemark, will battle a numerical disadvantage in midfield.
Gareth Southgate won’t be considering too many changes, if any at all; England may have lost against Portugal in their opener, but they played well and were beaten by a superior team.
John Stones will miss this game after sustaining concussion midweek, and Saido Berahino has gone home due to a knee injury that will keep him sidelined for three weeks. Jesse Lingard and Liam Moore replaced them against the Selecao, and the former may give way to Alex Pritchard, who looked bright and creative as a substitute.
England Women vs. Sweden Women Form Guide
Norway 1-0 England
Netherland 0-1 England
Spain 1-2 England
England 0-0 France
Belgium 0-2 England
Norway 1-2 Sweden
Norway 0-0 Sweden
Sweden 7-0 Iran
Denmark 2-0 Sweden
Sweden 2-1 Slovokia
Despite the country’s contrasting fortunes in their openers and Sweden’s capacity to pull result out when they’re not expected, we’re tipping a Three Lions win here. They’re a strong outfit who can build on a strong performance, and they’ll be able to play their game and impose themselves upon Ericson’s men at will.
Sweden 1 – 2 England