Kick Off: 1700, 29/07/2017
Stadium: Stadion De Vijverberg
Hosts Holland will take on perennial powerhouses Sweden in the first quarter-final at this year’s Women’s European Championship and a tight contest is on the cards.
The Dutch outfit topped Group A with three straight wins, conceding only one goal, while the Swedes kept alive their hopes of reaching a ninth semi-final when finishing runners-up behind Germany in Group B.
These teams drew 1-1 in an Olympic qualifier last year and 2/1 for another stalemate in normal time stands out from the Holland Women vs Sweden Women odds.
A Look At Holland’s Betting Odds
Holland put in a patchy display in their final pool match when beating Belgium 2-1 but had previously impressed in 1-0 defeats of Norway and Denmark.
Barcelona star Lieke Martens has really caught the eye, picking up two MVP awards so far and scoring her 31st international goal on Monday.
The 24-year-old said: “I have played in big tournaments before and can handle the pressure. I try to help the others also in that.
“I don’t really feel the whole team has a lot of tension but we do try to help each other. This is great for Dutch football, and for ourselves.”
Breaking down Saturday’s well-drilled opponents will be tough, though, and we’re including 7/5 for a goalless first half in our Holland Women vs Sweden Women betting tips.
A Look At Sweden’s Betting Odds
Sweden may have paid the price for going all out to top their pool when beaten 3-2 by Italy in an end-to-end contest on Tuesday.
The Olympic silver medallists twice came from behind and hit the post with a close-range header as they pushed for a winner, only to be picked off on the break.
Prior to that match, Sweden had shown great resolve when holding tournament favourites Germany to a 0-0 draw before easing past Russia with a 2-0 triumph.
The Scandinavians have plenty of big-match experience and offer some value at 11/10 to advance to the next round, with all the pressure on the hosts.
Belgium 1-2 HOLLAND – Sheride Spitse (pen), Lieke Martens
SWEDEN 2-3 Italy – Lotta Schelin (pen), Stina Blackstenius
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