Sweden and Australia will face off in the FIFA Women’s World Cup third-place play-off. The game will take place at the Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
Sweden, who have finished third in two out of the last three World Cups, are eager to claim the next-best prize after their defeat by Spain in the semi-finals. But Australia, co-hosts of the tournament, have their sights set on ending their successful run on home soil on a high note.
Team form: Sweden vs Australia
Sweden’s recent performance has been inconsistent. In their last three matches, they first won against the USA on penalties after a 0-0 draw, followed by a 1-2 victory against Japan, and then lost 2-1 to Spain. In their last 10 international matches, Sweden won five and drew three, but unfortunately lost two.
Sweden enjoy some whopping stats from their six World Cup matches. They average 2.0 goals per game, scoring 12 while conceding four times. That is an average of 0.7 goals conceded per game. They pulled off three clean sheets.
Australia have shown a diverse range of performances in their last three matches, winning 2-0 against Denmark and triumphing over France on penalties after a goalless draw, before suffering a 1-3 defeat to England in their most recent game. In their most recent 10 international matches, Australia won six, drew one, and lost three.
In their six World Cup matches, Australia have scored 10 goals, averaging 1.7 goals per game. They have conceded six goals in total, but have also kept four clean sheets.
Sweden vs Australia Stats
- Sweden have seen BTTS in their last 2 World Cup games.
- Sweden have drawn at half-time in 4 of their 6 World Cup games.
- 3 of Sweden’s 6 World Cup games have ended with a 2-1 scoreline.
- Australia have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their 6 World Cup games.
- Australia have drawn at half-time in 3 of their 6 World Cup games.
- Australia had 0 cards in 2 of their last 3 World Cup games.
Line-Ups: Sweden vs Australia
* To be displayed when Sweden and Australia announce their official line-ups.
Sweden vs Australia H2H
When Australia and Sweden last met in the World Cup on 17 June 2015, they both came away with a point in a 1-1 draw.
In all 10 of their meetings across all competitions, Sweden boast a 6-3-1 record against Australia. That said, it was the Matildas who won the previous encounter. They thrashed Sweden 4-0 in a friendly in November 2022 at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.
Looking for a sharpshooter who’s on top of her game? Look no further than Amanda Ilestedt, who’s been hitting the target for Sweden with four goals in the World Cup. And if you’re cheering for Australia, keep an eye out for Hayley Raso, who’s not far behind with three goals in the last six matches.
WIN – DRAW – WIN
OVER – UNDER
Sweden saw over 2.5 goals in six of their last ten matches across all tournaments, with an average of 1.9 goals scored during this run. Australia, on the other hand, had over 2.5 goals in four of their last ten matches, with 1.6 goals scored on average during those matches. Australia has scored at least one goal in seven of their previous eight matches.
In the previous two World Cup matches between Sweden and Australia, only one encounter had over 2.5 goals. The average number of goals scored by Sweden was two per game, while Australia averaged one goal. Both teams scored twice.
BTTS & FIRST TO SCORE
In seven of their last 10 home games, Sweden scored first, while Australia scored the opening goal in six of their previous 10 matches. Australia prevented their opponents from scoring in seven of their last 10 games, while Sweden kept a clean sheet in four of their previous 10 games.