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4:24 PM IST 07/07/18
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Having proved a tough nut to crack so far this World Cup, Al Hain-Cole expects the Blue Yellows to make Southgate's men wait for glory in Samara

England will continue in their mission to bring football home when they take on Sweden at the Samara Arena in Saturday’s World Cup quarter final.

Gareth Southgate’s men have reached this stage of the competition for the first time since 2006, having overcome Colombia in their first ever World Cup penalty shootout victory.

Latest Odds

With expectations rising, they are available at 19/20 (1.95) with dabblebet to keep the dream alive by reaching a first semi-final since 1990 with a win.

However, the Blue-Yellow have only lost one of the eight competitive encounters between the sides, and are priced at 7/2 (4.50) to pull off a shock victory in this one.

Both of the pair’s two previous World Cup meetings have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on this one also remaining all square after 90 minutes.

Team News

Sebastian Larsson is available again after missing their 1-0 win over Switzerland through suspension, although Mikael Lustig is now out with a one-match ban following his yellow card.

Jamie Vardy, Ashley Young, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker will all face late fitness tests after sustaining knocks against Colombia.

Stubborn Swedes

Joint second favourites to lift the trophy for the first time since 1966, it is no surprise that English fans are getting very excited about their team’s progress in Russia.

However, anyone expecting their side to ease to victory in Samara is likely to be disappointed, with Janne Andersson’s team more than capable of making life difficult.

Having qualified thanks to a narrow 1-0 aggregate win over Italy in the play-offs, the Scandinavian nation have maintained their strong defensive form in the tournament itself – keeping three clean sheets in four games.

With the only two goals they have conceded having arrived after the break, Andersson’s men will certainly back themselves to keep the Three Lions waiting for a breakthrough.

Predictions

Considering 11 of Sweden’s last 14 World Cup goals have also arrived in the second 45 minutes, odds of 11/10 (2.10) are well worth backing on them ensuring the second half is the highest-scoring for their fifth game in five this summer.

Highest-scoring half: Second at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pt stake with dabblebet