Women's Euro 2022: England vs Sweden
A superb strike from distance from Georgia Stanway helped England to overcome Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 last Wednesday and the Lionesses are now only one win away from Sunday's final at Wembley.
Next up for the tournament hosts are Sweden, who reached this stage courtesy of a 1-0 win over Belgium in the quarter-finals and were semi-finalists at the 2019 World Cup.
Wiegman gets it right against La Roja
England's attacking prowess is no secret, having netted 14 goals in their three Euro 2022 group games against Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland, but they showed something else about themselves against Spain last time out.
The Lionesses fell 1-0 down in that contest following a goal from Esther Gonzalez early in the second half but they rallied and found an equaliser in the 84th minute.
That came from Ella Toone and was set up by Alessia Russo with both players having been sent on as subs by head coach Sarina Wiegman, who also opted to send defender Millie Bright up top to enhance England's attacking threat.
The changes made a massive difference and reminded spectators that in Wiegman, England have a top coach, who won the European Championship with the Netherlands five years ago.
Lionesses can book spot in Wembley final
England will be dreaming of making the final at Wembley after that Spain win and their dreams could come to fruition on Tuesday.
While England have superior attacking options to Sweden, they also have the edge when it comes to squad depth and Wiegman knows she has plenty of talent on the bench to call upon if the going gets tough in this semi-final at Bramall Lane.
On top of that, Sweden have not looked at their best in this tournament, having battled through tight contests with the Netherlands and Switzerland before showing promise in their 5-0 hammering of Portugal.
But against Belgium they again looked blunt in attack, failing to break the deadlock until the 92nd minute after having had 33 shots in the game.
That kind of wastefulness will not go unpunished against a team as good as England and the hosts are worth backing to win in 90 minutes at 4/5.
Super-sub Russo is key to England's chances
England's squad depth is unparalleled at this tournament and that is emphasised by the fact some are calling for the country's all-time top goalscorer, Ellen White, to be dropped for the semi-final with Sweden.
There are suggestions Alessia Russo could come into the starting XI but the experienced White will more than likely retain her starting spot.
That said, Russo is still a fierce option from off the bench for England, having netted three times at Euro 2022 before playing a part in Ella Toone's equaliser against Spain last time out.
Russo does the most damage when coming on late in games to stretch defences and is worth a selection at 21/4 to score the last goal in this game, given that all of her goals at Euro 2022 have come in the second half.
Women's Euro 2022 - Group Stage Preview
UEFA Women's Euro 2022 will get underway in England on July 6th as the continent's best teams compete to be crowned European champions. A total of 31 matches will be contested over 26 days, with the final scheduled to take place at Wembley on July 31st, but which nations stand the best chance of going all the way?
Group A Tips: Hosts could be the team to beat
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Hosts England have been the nearly team of recent major international tournaments, as the Lionesses have fallen at the semi-final stage of the World Cups in 2015 and 2019, as well as at the Euros five years ago.
However, there appears to be more steel about England this time around under Sarina Wiegman, as they are unbeaten and have won 11 of their 13 games with the Dutch coach in charge.
That run of results includes a 5-1 thrashing of Wiegman's former team the Netherlands in a pre-tournament warm-up match last week, a victory that has further underlined England's credentials as one of the tournament favourites.
England's squad also oozes quality, with captain Leah Williamson, Lucy Bronze and Ellen White among the big names - the latter will be looking to add to the 50 goals she has already scored for her country.
There should be no problems for England easing through Group A which also contains Northern Ireland, Austria and an Ada Hegerberg-led Norway, although even another run to the semi-finals may not suffice for what will be an expectant home support.
Group B Tips: Heavyweight tussles in Group B
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Group B appears to be the toughest on paper, with highly-fancied Spain being pitted against eight-time European champions Germany, 2017 runners-up Denmark and Finland.
The core of Spain's squad is made up of the Barcelona team that has thrived both domestically and in Europe over recent years, although a lack of goals may prove an Achilles heel for Jorge Vilda's side.
Germany and Denmark may be fighting it out for the second spot in the group - the Danes having beaten their illustrious opponents en route to the final in 2017 - but with a potential quarter-final showdown on the horizon with England, it is hard to see either side progressing too much further.
Group C Tips: Sweden to finally land top prize?
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Like England, Sweden have been one of the nearly teams of the women's game over recent years, as they finished third at the 2019 World Cup before picking up a silver medal at last summer's Olympics.
The Swedes, inspired by the goals of Barcelona forward Fridolina Rolfo and the leadership qualities of Chelsea defender Magdalena Eriksson, look the pick of the teams in Group C ahead of defending champions the Netherlands, Switzerland and Portugal.
The Dutch followed up winning Euro 2017 by reaching the World Cup final two years later, but they have struggled to move on from losing former coach Wiegman, something that was highlighted by their recent 5-1 thrashing against England.
Oranje should have enough to get through the group, but the quarter-finals could be as good as it gets for the defending champions.
Group D Tips: France the pick of the teams in Group D
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France could be serious contenders for the title if momentum is anything to go by, as they are on a 13-match-winning run heading into the tournament.
Les Bleues have also been boosted by the return to fitness of midfielder Grace Geyoro ahead of the finals. The 24-year-old plays her club football with Paris Saint-Germain and the Parisians boast a large presence in the squad, as do Champions League winners Lyon.
Corinne Diacre's side should have no problem topping Group D, perhaps with a maximum points return, with Italy, Belgium and Iceland left to scrap it out for the second place and with it a spot in the quarter-finals.