Sweden vs Thailand World Cup Game Picks 6/16/2019
Women's World Cup
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Stade de Nice
Sweden will play at Stade de Nice when they take on Thailand on Sunday, June 16, 2019 in a Women's World Cup matchup. The opening line for this game has Sweden at -10000 and Thailand at +7830. The line on the game being a draw has been set at +1817.
On Sunday morning, Sweden will be looking to maintain their perfect Group F record when they go up against Thailand. It took a while for Sweden to put the ball in the back of the net in their 2-0 win over Chile last week, but they had a dominant showing and showed why they came into the World Cup with such high expectations. Thailand, on the other hand, had a day to forget as they gave up a record 13 goals to the United States in their opening fixture. Needless to say, Sweden is the huge favorite in this matchup.
Sweden may have struggled to find their goals for the majority of their match against Chile, but they ended up with a 24-5 shot advantage in that win. Head coach Peter Gerhardsson will want more of the same from his players in this game against Thailand as attempt to solidify their spot in the quarterfinals. If Sweden can put on some early pressure and get an early goal, this could very easily be a blowout.
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Key Players for Sweden:
Sofia Jacobsson - This is the type of game that Jacobsson will be looking forward to as she should get plenty of chances against Thailand's defense. This isn't a game where Sweden will need the 29-year-old attacker to be at her best, but it could be a great chance for her to get her confidence up so she's in better form once that big United States matchup comes around.
Stina Blackstenius - After scoring three goals during qualifiers, Sweden fans are very excited to see what Blackstenius can do for her country on the biggest stage. She wasn't able to score in the opening match, but she got into great positions and put plenty of pressure on Chile's defense. Her speed could be too much for Thailand to handle in this one.
Head coach Nuengruethai Sathongwien has to be extremely disappointed that Thailand gave up 13 goals in the opening match, even if it was against the United States. It doesn't get much easier in this game against Sweden, so the hope is that they quickly learned from their mistakes and make this more of a competitive match. Expect Thailand to put even more players behind the ball to slow down Sweden's attack.
Key Players for Thailand:
Pikul Khueanpet - Khueanpet has never scored a goal in her 27 appearances at the international level, but she does know how to cause opposing defenses problems. When Thailand does have the ball, it the speedy winger will need to make the most of her opportunities to put Sweden under pressure. She will also have to help out on defense throughout the game to ensure they don't get clear openings on her side of the pitch.
Sukanya Chor Charoenying - The 31-year-old 'keeper is probably very embarrassed about giving up 13 goals against the U.S., but she's going to need to shake it off quickly and put together a big game against Sweden if Thailand is going to have any chance in this match.
Who will win tonight's Sweden/Thailand World Cup game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Thailand +7830
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