Tokyo Olympics 2021 Quarter-Final: Sweden vs Japan Women's Football Preview and Prediction

Sweden will lock horns with Japan in the quarter-finals of the women’s football tournament at the Tokyo Olympics in the Saitama Stadium on Friday. 

Tokyo Olympics 2021: Match Details 

Event: Women's Football Quarter-Final
Quarter-finals: Sweden vs Japan 
Date: 30 July 2021
Location: Saitama Stadium
Kick-off time: 12 pm (Central Europe Time); 7 pm (Japan Standard Time)

Japan have been above average in the tournament, edging Chile 1-0 in their most important win so far, securing their place in the quarter-final. However, they will have to punch above their weight if they want to go past Sweden.

Meanwhile, Sweden dominated their group stage games and is one of the favorites to win the gold medal in the women's football event. If the Scandinavians continue this form, they might go all the way in this tournament.

Sweden vs Japan: Head-to-Head

Both nations have gone head to head only once, with Japan winning that match 3-2. It will be a different story when both the nation meets again.

Sweden are yet to defeat Japan in an official game. However, Sweden will be brimmed with confidence with their robust squad and will not repeat the same story. 

Sweden form guide at Olympics 2021: W-W-W

Japan form guide at Olympics 2021: D-L-W

Sweden vs Japan: Predicted Lineup

Sweden Predicted XI (4-3-3): Hedvig Lindahl; Jonna Andersson, Magdalena Eriksson, Amanda Ilestedt, Hanna Glas; Kosovare Asllani, Caroline Seger, Filippa Angeldal; Stina Blackstenius, Fridolina Rolfo, Sofia Jakobsson

Japan Predicted XI (4-4-2): Ayaka Yamashita; Asato Miyagawa, Moeka Minami, Saki Kumagai, Risa Shimizu; Yui Hasegawa, Emi Nakajima, Narumi Miura, Yuzuho Shiokoshi; Yuika Sugasawa, Mana Iwabuchi       

Tokyo Olympics Women's Football: Sweden vs Japan Prediction

Sweden women's team have been flawless in Tokyo, having already defeated one of the favorites for the tournament, USA, 3-0 in the opening round of fixtures and no team would want to face them. 

The likes of Blackstenius and Rolfo have been in impressive form and will be confident when they take on Japan on Friday.

On the other hand, Japan will need to be at its best to pull off an upset. 

Sportco predicts Sweden to go through to the semi-finals at the expense of the hosts, Japan.

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