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Sweden to win Women’s World Cup 2023 odds: Confirmed squad, best players, line-up and form

By Harry Edwards

Sweden odds to win Women's World Cup: squad, best players, predicted XI & form

Published: 8:00, 7 August 2023

Sweden will be hoping this is the year they finally make it to the top of football with victory at the Women’s World Cup.

One of the best nations in women’s football, Sweden finished third at the 2019 World Cup, losing the Netherlands in the semi-finals and beating England for the bronze medal. There was a silver medal at the 2021 Olympics, beaten by Canada on penalties in the final, before a run to the semi-finals of Euro 2022 last year, beaten by eventual winners England. Can they take the next step in Australia and New Zealand?

Latest Sweden odds to win the Women’s World Cup

Betting Market Odds
Sweden to win the Women’s World Cup 15/2
Sweden to reach the semi-finals 1/1
Amanda Ilestedt to win Golden Boot 20/1
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Sweden’s route to the Women’s World Cup Final

Group Stage fixtures

Fixture Stadium Date
Sweden 2-1 South Africa Wellington Regional Stadium 23 July, 6am BST
Sweden 5-0 Italy Wellington Regional Stadium 29 July, 8:30am BST
Argentina 0-2 Sweden Waikato Stadium 2 August, 8am BST

Who could Sweden meet in the knockout rounds?

Finishing perfect at the top of Group G, Sweden were drawn against shock Group E runners-up United States but beat the four-time winners on penalty shootouts to end their hopes of a third consecutive World Cup trophy. Sweden’s reward is a quarter-final tie against Group C winners Japan, who have been fantastic.

Should Sweden get through that’d they face one of Spain or Netherlands in the semi-finals, with France, England, Australia or Denmark expected to be the opponents in the final.

Route as Group G winners Potential Opponent
Round of 16 USA
Quarter-Final Japan
Semi-Final Spain
Final England

Confirmed Sweden Women’s World Cup squad

Player Name Position Age Club
Tove Enblom Goalkeeper 28 KIF Orebro
Jennifer Falk Goalkeeper 30 BK Hacken
Zecira Musovic Goalkeeper 27 Chelsea
Jonna Andersson Defender 30 Hammarby
Nathalie Bjorn Defender 26 Everton
Magdalena Eriksson Defender 29 Bayern Munich
Amanda Ilestedt Defender 30 PSG
Hanna Lundkvist Defender 20 Atletico Madrid
Anna Sandberg Defender 20 BK Hacken
Linda Sembrant Defender 36 Juventus
Filippa Angeldahl Midfielder 25 Manchester City
Kosovare Asllani Midfielder 33 AC Milan
Hanna Bennison Midfielder 20 Everton
Elin Rubensson Midfielder 30 BK Hacken
Johanna Rytting Kaneryd Midfielder 26 Chelsea
Olivia Schough Midfielder 32 Rosengard
Caroline Seger Midfielder 38 Rosengard
Stina Blackstenius Forward 27 Arsenal
Rebecka Blomqvist Forward 25 Wolfsburg
Lina Hurtig Forward 27 Arsenal
Sofia Jakobsson Forward 33 San Diego Wave
Madelen Janogy Forward 27 Hammarby
Fridolina Rolfo Forward 29 Barcelona

Sweden players to watch at this year’s Women’s World Cup

Sweden World Cup Golden Boot contender – Stina Blackstenius

Stina Blackstenius suffered at times for Arsenal in the 2022/23 campaign, going through goal droughts but the Swedish striker found form and confidence at just the right time. The 27-year-old ended up scoring 11 goals in 22 games for Arsenal from the start of 2023, including three in the Champions League and — perhaps more crucially — two in the Continental Cup to help Arsenal beat Man City in the semi-finals and then Chelsea to lift the trophy. She’s only got one goal at the World Cup so far, but she’s a nuisance.

Sweden player to watch – Fridolina Rolfo

A two-time Champions League winner, Fridolina Rolfo was once again marvellous to help Barcelona become queens of Europe for the second time in three seasons, though she was playing a slightly less familiar role at left-back. For Sweden, Rolfo is very much a winger and will form part of a dangerous attack that opposition defences may have a problem trying to stop. Even with her deeper starting position for Barcelona last season, Rolfo still managed to score eight goals in the Liga F and four in the Champions League including one in the final to cap off Barcelona’s comeback against former club Wolfsburg.

Sweden emerging player to look out for – Anna Sandberg

One of the newer faces in Sweden’s squad, Anna Sandberg only made her senior national team debut in April, starting both of Sweden’s friendlies against Denmark and China at left-back. It’s a position she has already made her own for Hacken in the Swedish league, despite only turning 20 in May, starting 11 times so far in the 2023 season. She’ll be a good option to have, fighting Jonna Andersson for that left-back spot, building for the future.

Sweden tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup

After an experiment with a three-at-the-back, Sweden have recently been switching between a 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, depending on how they want to play that third central midfielder, but the latter seems the favourite at the World Cup this summer. In the attack, Stina Blackstenius and Fridolina Rolfo have been joined by Johanna Rytting Kaneryd with Kosavare Asllani in the No.10 role.

Deeper in midfield Filippa Andeldahl and Elin Rubensson have been the double pivot, with Hanna Bennison another option from the bench. At the moment, the back four almost picks itself with Jonna Anderson, Magda Eriksson and Nathalie Bjorn joining Amanda Ilestedt, who has made an unlikely charge for the Golden Boot with three goals. Zecira Musovic has been the first-choice goalkeeper and the hero against the United States with 11 saves.

Where are Sweden in the FIFA world rankings?

Sweden are currently third in the FIFA world rankings, with only Germany and USA above them.

Who is the Sweden manager?

Peter Gerhardsson is the current Sweden manager, holding the role since September 2017 when he replaced Pia Sundhage following the European Championships.

Who is the current Sweden captain?

Caroline Seger is Sweden’s captain as well as the nation’s most-capped player with over 200 appearances.

How many times have Sweden won the World Cup?

Sweden are yet to win the World Cup but they have finished third three times as well as being losing finalists to Germany in 2003.

How many times have Sweden competed in the World Cup?

Sweden are one of eight nations to have been involved at every Women’s World Cup so far, with this being their ninth appearance.

Who has scored Sweden’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?

Victoria Svensson and Lena Videkull have both scored six goals for Sweden at the World Cup, with the latter netting five in 1991 and one in 1995.