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Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Sunday’s matches in Group C at the 2022 European Women’s Championship.
where to watch
Switzerland v Netherlands
BBC Two, 5 p.m. Sunday
Sweden v Portugal
BBC iPlayer, 5 p.m. Sunday
Both teams score in Switzerland against the Netherlands
1pt Evs bet365
Sweden winner and under 3.5 goals
1pt 13-10 BoyleSports
Disappointing would be the best way to describe the Netherlands’ defense of their European Championship title and life couldn’t get any easier against a steely Switzerland.
The Dutch need only avoid defeat at Bramall Lane to advance to the quarter-finals after taking four points in their first two games, most recently beating Portugal 3-2 after drawing against Sweden.
A win at Sheffield would secure top spot in Group C, but although results have been forming so far, all is not well in the Dutch backyard with some grumbling from inside the camp over management of the team by coach Mark Parsons.
Injuries and illness have also taken their toll and the Oranje could be without star striker Vivianne Miedema for the second game in a row due to a Covid battle, as they lost captain and goalkeeper to first choice Sari van Veenendaal because of a shoulder problem.
Without Veenendaal between the sticks, the Netherlands have looked disorganized at the back and are set to be troubled by a Swiss side who have scored in 21 of their last 23 European Championship games, including the qualifiers.
Nils Nielsen’s underdogs need to aim for maximum points knowing only a win will take them to the quarter-finals but lack the defensive quality to keep the Dutch out making both teams score a solid option .
Sweden managed to smash the Swiss defense twice in their last game to claim a 2-1 victory, but the Olympic silver medalists were far from happy with their performance.
Peter Gerhardsson’s side need just one point to advance to the quarter-finals, but there is a desire in the team to recall their league titles and they could crush brave Portugal.
Portugal, a late substitute for Russia, played with merit but conceded at least two goals in their two matches and their slightly chaotic style may not match the well-organized Swedes.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 2:35 PM, JULY 16, 2022