By Landon Smith

Australia vs Sweden Olympic Womens Soccer Odds, Picks, Prediction 8/2/2021

Australia Women take on Sweden Women in the Olympic Games semi-finals on Monday, with both sides desperate to win this competition for the first time in their respective histories.
Australia Women vs Sweden Women Olympic Womens Soccer Semifinals
Date Monday, August 2, 2021
Arena --
Location Tokyo, Japan
Time 7:00a ET
TV Australia Network

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Australia Women
+400
Draw
+285
Sweden Women
-160

Australia has proven to be one of the teams to watch at this summer's Olympics, having scored eight and conceded eight in their four games so far.

The Matildas were embroiled in a quarter-final setback against Great Britain Women on Friday, securing a first-half lead with an Alanna Kennedy goal in the 36th minute, before Samantha Kerr sent the tie into injury time with a draw in the 89th minute after Ellen. White's brace seemed to be sending the British out.

With the first half of stoppage time drawing to a close, Nikita Parris stumbled inside the penalty area, but Caroline Weir saw her tame penalty stopped by Australian goalkeeper Teagan Micah.

Instantly on the counter, substitute Mary Fowler displayed excellent ability to instantly kill a fizzy pass to her feet, before turning and firing a fierce effort that wickedly deflected past Ellie Roebuck's reach and into the top corner.

Kerr struck for the fifth time this summer in the first minute of the second half, and White was once again ahead of his counterpart with five minutes to go, but Tony Gustavsson's team held on to reach an Olympic Games semi-final. for the first time. .

However, the 47-year-old will have no illusions regarding the task he faces Australia on Monday, as Sweden is arguably the most impressive team in the tournament so far.

In fact, Blue and Yellow are the only team to have won all four matches, including a solid 3-1 victory over hosts Japan Women in Friday's quarter-final tie.

There was little to separate the opponents into an even first half, with Mina Tanaka nullifying Magdalena Eriksson's early shot in the seventh minute.

However, Sweden showed her class after the break, with Stina Blackstenius pocketing her fourth goal of the Games, before Kosovare Asllani's penalty sealed a mouthwatering semi-final clash against Australia.

While the 2016 runners-up will rightly be favorites after having beaten their next opponents in the group stage, they will be aware that fortune was possibly on their side that day, with Kerr missing a penalty and the Matildas overall. well below his best.

 

WINNER: Sweden Women @ -160

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By Landon Smith, on 1 Aug 2021, at 8:20p ET