Andrew Hughes thinks Sweden will take their quarter final to extra time on Saturday afternoon and kick off another weekend treble
“Sweden are well organised and hard to beat. They topped a far tougher group than England’s, have the stronger defence and their direct play will cause the English back line problems.”
Now that England have finally won a World Cup penalty shoot-out, pre-tournament realism has gone out of the window. All the talk is of an easy route to the final, and the weight of the patriotic pound has skewed the odds on the quarter-final winners market, making Southgate's men easy to oppose.
As Rio Ferdinand points out in his Match Preview, Sweden are well organised and hard to beat. They topped a far tougher group than England's, have the stronger defence and their direct play will cause the English back line problems.
Backing Sweden to win in normal time appeals, but neither of these sides create many chances, and caution is likely to prevail. Since 1998, 36.14% of knock-out games have ended in a draw after 90 minutes and that looks the best option here.
Canberra Raiders once again infuriated their fans last time out, throwing away a lead against Brisbane, and their inability to close out a win has become a theme of their NRL season as they struggle to turn in-game dominance into points.
But they are still in with a shot of making the play-offs, and that extra motivation could be the difference here. The Bulldogs impressed with an unexpected but spirited display against the Knights last time, but they have nothing to play for except pride here, and it is debatable whether they can replicate last week's performance.
Raiders have outscored the Bulldogs in terms of average points per game this season by 23.6 to 16.3 and I'm backing them to hang for the win on Saturday.
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The Sharks are still in with a chance of reaching the Super Rugby play-offs, thanks to their impressive win over the Lions last time and that extra motivation could be the difference here, against opponents with nothing to play for.
The home side are on a run of four consecutive defeats and have also come out second best in each of their last four encounters with the Sharks. The visitors look stronger in every department and are a solid bet here.
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