Wellington Regional Stadium will host Sweden vs South Africa Women’s match in the Women’s World Cup 2023 on Saturday. Sweden’s Women’s team has never missed a World Cup, while South Africa are making their second appearance at the tournament. Sweden have a brilliant record at the World Cup, having finished as runners-up in 2003 and in third position on three occasions, including in France four years ago. They are sitting at the third position in the current FIFA rankings.
South Africa, meanwhile, have qualified for the World Cup for the second time after they made their first appearance in the 2019 tournament. After losing all three of their group games in 2019, South Africa will now try to give a better performance this time around. They are the lowest-ranked team in the group so they have to work very hard to pick up positive results.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Sweden vs South Africa Match Preview
- Match: Denmark vs China
- Kickoff time & Date: 23/07/2023 | 10:30 P.M. (IST)
- Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
- Where to watch: Fancode (India) and DD Sports
Sweden vs South Africa | Head-to-Head record
This will be the fifth meeting between Sweden vs South Africa. Sweden have recorded three wins and a draw. The draw came in their most recent clash. They played a goalless draw in a friendly in January 2019. Both nations were also grouped together in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. South Africa have won just three of their last 10 games and faced five defeats. Sweden have kept a first-half clean sheet in seven of their last eight games. South Africa have not scored before halftime in seven of their last 10 games. So, clearly, Sweden are by far the better team as of now. But in a stage like this, anything can happen. South Africa can create history by defeating the strong Sweden side.
Sweden vs South Africa | Team News
Jennifer Falk will surely start in the goal for Sweden. The central defensive pairing of Lina Sembrant and Magdalena Eriksson will cover her. Barcelona star, Fridolina Rolfo will lead Sweden’s attacking line during the tournament. The 29-year-old will likely be joined in the front three by San Diego Wave’s Sofia Jakobsson and Arsenal’s Stina Blackstenius.
As for South Africa, Bambanani Mbane will most likely line up in the centre alongside Bongeka Gamede. Refiloe Jane will start in the centre of midfield, and she could be accompanied in the middle of the park by Kholosa Bayana. Jermaine Seoposenwe could lead the front line against Sweden on Sunday during their campaign opener of the Women’s World Cup 2023.
FIFA Women’s World Cup: Sweden vs South Africa | Possible Lineups
Sweden Women’s possible starting lineup:
Falk; Bjorn, Sembrant, Eriksson, Andersson; Bennison, Asllani, Angeldahl; Jakobsson, Rolfo, Blackstenius
South Africa Women’s possible starting lineup:
Dlamini; Ramalepe, Mbane, Gamede, Dhlamini; Cesane, Jane, Biyana, Molthalo; Magaia, Seoposenwe