Italy vs. Sweden: Critical Info and Preview of Women's Euro 2013 Clash

Ben SnowballContributor IJuly 16, 2013

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - JULY 13: The video board shows the result of the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 Group A match between Finland and Sweden at Gamla Ullevi Stadium on July 13, 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The match between Finland and Sweden ende 0-5.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
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Group A pace setters Sweden and Italy head into their match level at four points knowing a draw would send them both into the quarterfinals.

It’s unlikely to turn into a dull 0-0 procession though as Sweden aim to put in another strong performance in front of a home crowd following their 5-0 demolition of Finland.

The hosts’ superior goal difference means Italy have to win to finish top, with an easier knockout draw the prize for the group victors. Here’s the crucial information you need ahead of this fixture and a preview to boot.

Where: Örjans Vall, Halmstad

When: Tuesday, July 16 at 2.30 p.m. ET/7.30 p.m. BST

Watch: BBC Three

 

Preview

Will Sweden be the side to end Germany’s dominance in women’s European football? The hosts lit up the competition against Finland and with home support they have a great chance of winning the whole tournament.

Their set pieces and crosses caused havoc in the Finland defence as they struck twice from corners and once from a free-kick to ruthlessly dispatch their neighbours.

Strikers Kosovare Asllani and Lotta Schelin looked an impressive pairing that night, bagging three goals between them, and much of the home fans expectation rests on their shoulders.

But anyone thinking Italy will roll over will be disappointed. A 2-1 victory over Denmark has given the Azzurri huge belief according to match winner Ilaria Mauro, who spoke to UEFA.com.

Sweden are a very strong team and, with home advantage, they can make life even more difficult for you.

We can't wait to play the next game because Italy have finally arrived and confidence has grown so much within the group.

The Denmark victory has spurred us on for the Sweden match. Everyone believes we can win this group.

Shutting Sweden out might be a problem but they can rely on Melania Gabbiadini and Patrizia Panico, as well as Mauro off the bench, to keep it close.

Both sides were eliminated at the quarterfinal stage at Euro 2009 but look in good shape to better that this time around—the hosts in particular.

If Sweden pick up where they left off against Finland, they will prove too strong for the Italians.

 

Prediction: Sweden 3-1 Italy.