- Sarina Wiegman is expected to name the same starting XI for the fourth game running.
- In fact, nine of this side have started all of Netherlands’ games at this tournament.
- Sari van Veenendaal will once again be in goal.
- In defence, Kika van Es and Anouk Dekker started the first two games at left-back and centre-back respectively.
- Dominique Bloodworth of Wolfsburg and Freiburg’s Desiree van Lunteren make up the defence.
- The rest of the team has been the same throughout the competition.
- Sherida Spitse and Jackie Groenen anchor the midfield behind Arsenal’s Daniëlle van de Donk.
- As for Sweden, they’re expected to name the same side that took on Chile, Canada and Germany.
- Peter Gerhardsson did rotate for the meetings with USA and Thailand but, apart from that, it’s been the same XI.
- Hedvig Lindahl, now 36 years old, will win her 164th cap in goal.
- It’s a very settled defence including Linda Sembrant of Montpellier who has 115 caps to her name.
- Their midfield also never changes. Kosovare Asllani of Linköpings is their main creative outlet.
- Serger is on the verge of becoming the second Swede to reach 200 caps and is chasing Therese Sjögran’s record of 214.
Netherlands Women vs Sweden Women Lineup:
- Goalkeeper:van Veenendaal
- Defenders:van Lunteren, van der Gragt, Bloodworth, van Dongen
- Midfielders:Groenen, Spitse, van de Donk
- Forwards:van de Sanden, Martens, Miedema
- Defenders:Glas, Fischer, Sembrant, Ericsson
- Defensive Midfielders:Rubensson, Seger
- Attacking Midfielders:Jakobsson, Asllani, Rolfo
Netherlands made light work of Italy in the quarters, and with both goals in the 2-0 win coming from headers, the Dutch will fancy their chances from a set-piece if this turns into another tight contest.
Sweden shocked Germany with a 2-1 comeback with in the last eight, and the manner in which they held on to withstand a late onslaught may give them momentum in terms of mentality heading into this semi-final.
Still, the presence of Lieke Mertens and in-form Vivianne Miedema should be enough to see the Oranje into the final.
Key Players: Updating Soon
Top Goalscorers: Miedema, L.Martens
Top Assists: Sanden, Beerensteyn, Spitse, Lunteren,
X factor star –Vivana Miedema
Top Goalscorers: Asllani, Janogy, Sembrant, Rolfo, Hurtig, Rubensson
Top Assists: Asllani, Ericsson, Rubensson, Anvegard
X factor star – Sofia Jakobsson
Head to Head Record:
In 19 meetings between them, Sweden have largely dominated, taking ten wins and five draws against the Netherlands.
Here’s a look at the last five results:
Jul 29, 2017: Netherlands 2-0 Sweden (UWC)
Mar 6, 2017: Sweden 0-1 Netherlands (ALC)
Mar 9, 2016: Netherlands 1-1 Sweden (WOQ)
May 30, 2015: Sweden 2-1 Netherlands (FRI)
Sep 15, 2012: Sweden 2-1 Netherlands (FRI)
Stats & Facts :
Current FIFA Ranking
Netherlands : 8
Sweden : 9