The US women’s national team will start its journey at the Olympic Games 2020 against Sweden this Wednesday, July 21. The USWNT is looking to win its fifth gold medal. The team is part of Group G, which also features New Zealand and Australia. Here, find out what you need to know about this match such as the preview, predictions, odds and how to watch it in the US.
In Tokyo, the USA could become the first team to capture the Olympic gold as Women’s World Cup champions. This time, the players will be guided by coach Vlatko Andonovski and seventeen players that won the World Cup are with the roster in Tokyo. The USWNT advanced to the final game in every Olympic tournament until 2016, when they failed in the quarterfinals, precisely against Sweden.
Meanwhile, Sweden won their ticket to Tokyo 2020 after finishing in the third-place in the 2019 World Cup. Now, the European is arriving in the Olympics being unbeaten in their last eight matches since October 2020. Sweden will try to be the second team to beat the USA in the opening match of the Games, after Norway made it in the 2008 Beijing Games.
Sweden vs USA: Match Information
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
Time: 4:30 AM (ET).
Location: Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan.
Sweden vs USA: Time by State in the US
ET: 4:30 AM
CT: 3:30 AM
MT: 2:30 AM
PT: 1:30 AM
Sweden vs USA: Storylines
The USA and Sweden have faced each other 41 times since 1987. Of those, nine matches were in major tournaments such as the World Cup and the Olympics. In the last 15 matches since 2010, the record is 7 wins for the USA, 6 for Sweden and three draws.
The last time they met was on April 10 and the match ended in a 1-1 draw. It was the first game since January 2019 that the USA didn’t win. This will be their third meeting at the Olympic Games, the USA won the first encounter 2-1 in the 1996 Olympics, but then tied 1-1 in the 2016 Rio Games in the quarterfinals and eventually was knocked out 4-3 on penalties.
That was the only time that the USA women’s soccer team didn’t reach the match for the gold medal in the Olympic Games. Sweden eventually reached the final match but was defeated by Germany 2-1 and won the silver medal.
How to watch or live stream Sweden vs USA in the US
The game between USA and Sweden for the group stage of the Olympic Games will be broadcasted in the US by the USA Network and Telemundo. The stream will be available through NBCOlympics.com and the Telemundo Deportes App.
Sweden vs USA: Odds and predictions
Oddsmakers in the US have already made their predictions for this match. DraftKings has the USA as the favorites with odds of -230. Meanwhile, Sweden have odds of +750, while a tie would end up in a +310 payout.
*Odds by DraftKings