The world killers Sweden are back in action Tuesday as they take on Brazil in the first semifinal of the women’s Olympic soccer tournament. Brazil had their quarterfinal contest with the Aussies settled in penalties so they will be motivated to finish Sweden in 90 minutes to avoid the added exertion of extra time.
Although they were dominated for most of the game against the U.S., Sweden managed to make the most of their opportunities and upset the Americans in penalties in their quarterfinal match. The Swedes actually had the winning goal in the dying minutes of the first half of extra time but had it called off on an incorrectly judged offside.
Sweden and Canada have played similar styles throughout the tournament, sitting back and waiting for their opponents to make mistakes. Although American keeper Hope Solo thinks this method is “cowardly” it seems to be effective and I fully expect Sweden to try the same tactics against a Brazilian team will be the heavy favorite.
Bovada has put a lot of faith in Brazil to triumph as the host nation and has tagged them with a moneyline of -210. Sweden, on the other hand, has been given a moneyline of +550 and it’s hard to see them upsetting a team that put them away so emphatically when they last met.
|Sweden||+1 (-110)||+550||2.5 (+1105 OVER|
|Brazil||-1 (-115)||-210||2 (-155) UNDER|