World Cup Daily - Sweden Begin Their Campaign While The Netherlands Face Portugal

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18:00, 21 Jul 2023

The World Cup weekend continues with some sizzling action this Sunday with Sweden in action and the Netherlands and Portugal contesting one of the most highly anticipated group matches. Hopefully we will get goals, and not just from the penalty spot!

Sweden v South Africa - Group G

Where: Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington

When: 6am (BST)/ 5pm (NZST)

TV: BBC Two, BBC Iplayer

Referee: Ekaterina Katja Koroleva

Last meeting: 0-0. 2019.

Sweden’s last five: 3-3 draw v Norway, 0-1 loss to Norway, 0-0 draw v Germany, 4-1 win v China, 0-4 loss to Australia. 

Sweden’s World Cup record: Total Games: 40, Won 23, Drawn 5, Lost 12. Win Percentage: 57.5%

South Africa’s last five:1-4 loss to Australia, 0-6 loss to Brazil, 0-3 loss to Brazil, 1-5 loss v the Netherlands, 0-2 loss v Japan

South Africa’s World Cup record: South Africa appeared in their first World Cup in 2019, losing all three of their games and scoring one goal in the process. Total Games: 3, Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 3. Win Percentage: 0%

Sweden are in relatively good nick heading into this tournament and should be contenders to go deep into the knockout stages. Meanwhile, South Africa are continuing their progression, having only made their debut at a World Cup four years ago. If they can get a point on the board this time around, it will be a remarkable success. 

Betfred odds: Sweden 1/16, Draw 8/1, South Africa 22/1

Sportsman Stat: This will be the fifth meeting between the two sides. Sweden are unbeaten with three wins and a draw. The draw came in their most recent clash, a goalless stalemate in a friendly in 2019. 

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The Netherlands v Portugal - Group E

Where: Dunedin Stadium, Wellington

When: 8.30am (BST) / 7.30pm (NZST)

TV: BBC One, BBC Iplayer

Referee: Kateryna Monzul

Last meeting: Netherlands 3-2 Portugal, 2022 

Netherlands’ last five: 5-0 win v Belgium, 4-1 win v Poland, 0-1 loss v Germany, 4-0 win v Austria, 1-2 loss v Austra. 

Netherlands’ World Cup record: Total Games: 11, Won 7, Drawn 1, Lost 3. Win Percentage: 63.6%

Portugal’s last five: 0-0 draw v England, 1-1 draw with Wales, 1-2 loss v Japan, 5-0 win v NZ, 1-0 win v Costa Rica

Portugal’s World Cup record: This will be Portugal’s first women’s World Cup.

It’s been a long road for Portugal to get to this point, their first World Cup, but they did well in their tournament debut at Euro 2022 last year. They got a point in their opener, and then fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands. They’ll be hopeful of a big performance here, while goalscoring sensation Vivianne Miedema will hope to get her tournament off and running quickly. 

Betfred odds: Netherlands ⅖, draw 10/3, Portugal 5/1

Sportsman Stat: Portugal have lost seven of their previous eight meetings with the Netherlands, including each of the last five.

France v Jamaica - Group F

Where: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

When: 11am (BST) / 9pm (AEST)

TV: ITV One, ITVHub

Referee: Maria Carvajal 

Last meeting: Never played before

France’s last five: 0-1 loss v Australia,3-0 win v Ireland, 2-1 win v Canada, 5-2 win v Colombia, 2-1 win v Norway.

France’s World Cup record: Total Games: 19, Won 10, Drawn 3, Lost 6. Win Percentage: 52%

Jamaica’s last five: 0-1 loss v Korea, 0-0 draw v Costa Rica, 0-4 loss v USA, 1-4 loss v Australia, 0-5 loss v Italy

Jamaica’s World Cup record: Total Games: 3, Won 1, Draw 0, Lost 2

Jamaica are back on the world stage for the first time since 1995, and Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw will hope to make an impact for her country after her hitting 20 goals for Manchester City this term. France are heavy favourites here though, and could go all the way. 

Betfred odds: France 1/50, draw 12/1, Jamaica 28/1

Sportsman Stat: Hervé Renard will become just the second coach to manage at both Men’s and Women’s FIFA World Cups

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