All eyes will be on the Westpac Stadium as Sweden and South Africa's Banyana Banyana draw swords on Sunday morning. Which of these teams will kick off their FIFA Women's World Cup campaign with a win?
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Sweden vs Banyana Banyana head to head
This will be the fifth encounter between these teams. Banyana Banyana have faced Sweden on four occasions, and they couldn't win any of those meetings. The Swedes currently lead the head-to-head between these sides, with three wins and a draw. Interestingly, this will be the first clash between these outfits at the FIFA World Cup.
- 22/01/19 South Africa 0:0 Sweden (International friendly)
- 21/01/18 South Africa 0:3 Sweden (International friendly)
- 03/08/16 Sweden 1-0 South Africa (Rio Olympics)
- 25/07/12 Sweden 4-1 South Africa (London Olympics)
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Prediction 1: Sweden to win
The Swedes are the overwhelming favourites today, and for good reason. Although Banyana Banyana are the reigning African champions, they haven't really had much success in this tournament. This will be South Africa's second outing at the FIFA World Cup; they've never gotten past the group stage.
On the other hand, Sweden have had their fair share of success at the FIFA Women's World Cup in the past; they've reached the semi-final on four occasions, with a silver medal and three bronze medals.
Furthermore, it's safe to say that Banyana Banyana don't particularly look forward to meeting Sweden on the field; as they have no wins in four previous skirmishes between these sides, with a draw and three losses. That said, anything other than a victory for Sweden would be a surprise.
Prediction 2: One team to blank
For our second Sweden vs South Africa prediction, let's explore the BTTS market. We've already established that Banyana Banyana have no wins in four previous clashes with the Swedes; it may also interest you to know that they did not score a single goal in the last three encounters between these teams.
Also, Sweden's recent matches have mostly been one-sided when it comes to goals. At least one team failed to score in four of the Blue and Yellow's last six matches. Taking everything into account, we shouldn't expect goals at both ends.
Prediction 3: Under 2.5 total goals
Given that Banyana Banyana struggled to find the back of the net against Sweden in the past, it's no surprise that we're taking the under 2.5 goals option for this match. It's fair to point out that Banyana Banyana have been involved in a few low-scoring matches in recent months; as five of their last seven games featured less than three goals. On that note, this will likely be a low-scoring affair.
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What is Banyana Banyana?
Banyana Banyana is the nickname of South Africa women's national team.
Where can I watch Sweden women's national football team vs Banyana Banyana?
Fans in South Africa can catch all the action live on Supersport Football. On the other hand, this match will be available on Viaplay, TV6 and Das Erste for fans who live in Sweden.
When does the Sweden vs Banyana Banyana match start?
This match is scheduled for Sunday July 23, by 06:00 BST.
Where will the Sweden vs Banyana Banyana match take place?
These teams will lock horns at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.
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