Sweden will go into their opening tie of the 2011 Women’s World Cup in confident mood having avoided defeat in their last two games.
Thomas Dennerby’s side suffered back-to-back losses against England and Japan before steadying the ship with a 2-0 win over Mexico and a 1-1 draw with Japan.
And despite opponents Colombia warming up for this clash with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Wales, Sweden are marked as clear favourites to win the match.
Football betting fans will find the European aces priced at 3/10 on to secure a win, while Colombia, who finished runners-up in last year’s South American Championship, are seen as 29/4 outsiders.
Punters expecting a close tie can also bet on the match ending in a draw, with bwin pricing this option at 17/4.
With Sweden so heavily fancied for the win, a number of fans looking for Women’s World Cup odds could be tempted to back a handicap bet in favour of Colombia.
By gifting a 1-0 lead to Ricardo Rozo’s team, punters will see the odds on a home win move to 12/5, the draw become a 14/5 shot and Sweden offering better returns at 4/5.
Indeed, newcomers to the bwin site could be tempted to use their free £25 bet on this latter option, with a successful bet returning £45.
The match promises to be a clash of experience versus energy, with a number of Sweden’s players calling on vast experience and some of Colombia’s stars boasting impressive records from their short careers.
Among the ranks for Sweden is Therese Sjogran who will rely on past experience having notched up an impressive 160 appearances for her country, hitting 11 goals in that time. Josefine Oqvist meanwhile, is the most prolific attacker in the current squad with 17 goals from 64 caps.
By way of contrast, Colombia’s biggest goal threat comes from an unlikely position on the pitch.
Defender Andrea Peralta is credited with hitting 14 goals from just 17 games and will be pinpointed as one to watch by the Swedes. Equally threatening is midfield playmaker Liana Salazer, who has notched a tally of eight goals from just 11 matches.
Such form should lead punters to conclude that while Sweden are likely to win the game, they will have to edge a match which is likely to see them concede.
As such, the 8/1 odds on a 2-1 win to Sweden is likely to attract some of the more sensible betting action.
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