The final group stage match of Group F takes place on Tuesday when Canada faces the fourth-ranked Sweden.With three points, the Canucks sit one behind the Swedes and will be treating Tuesday's match as a 'must win', as a loss or a tie leaves their fate out of their own hands.
All the talk and hopes of the team have unfairly been placed on superstar forward Christine Sinclair, who - while without question is one of the best players of all time - is just one of eleven players on the pitch. Expect the athletic and disciplined Swedes to try and execute the same game plan as the Japanese did in the tournament opener when they placed multiple defenders on Sinclair.
Melissa Tancredi has scored two of Canada’s four goals in the competition and will definitely need to step it up, while goalkeeper Karina Leblanc will absolutely need to give a career-best performance in order for Canada to have any chance.
Canada is paying 3.60 to pull off the upset, but don’t count on it.
The draw is a more likely option given what’s at stake, and the payout is just 20 cents less at 3.40 and looks to be the best option in the outright market.
Sweden is being issued at just under evens with a 1.90 offering and only need a draw to advance, but do not expect this tenacious group to settle for just a point. The Scandinavians won bronze at last year’s FIFA Womens World Cup and play a very structured game that rarely goes off the rails.
The draw/draw result - which is sitting at 5.50 - also looks attractive, while the both teams to score bet is paying 2.00 should only one of them pot one in or end in a goalless draw.
With Sweden’s boring 0-0 against Japan in the last match, look for a repeat of the under 2.5 at 1.80. And if your patriotism interferes with your logic and you fancy a Canada win, then look at the ‘draw no bet’ option which sees Canada pay 2.62 if they win while you get your money back if the game is tied.
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