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England 9/1 to beat Sweden on penalties

England are warm favourites to win their World Cup quarter final, although some punters are backing another shootout triumph

England supporters don’t want to be put the wringer again, although there’s surely a chance of a tight game on Saturday afternoon and the prospect of extra-time and even penalties.

The Three Lions are 9/1 to win a penalty shootout against Sweden, with Gareth Southgate’s team having come from behind on spot kicks to beat Colombia and they will surely be confident if it comes down to this potential method of victory.

England are a shade of odds-on to win the game at 19/20, with bet365 expecting the Three Lions to continue their World Cup adventure, although former manager Sven-Goran Eriksson expects the match to be closer than the odds suggest.

“To score against Sweden is extremely difficult,” Eriksson told Sky Sports News.

“They have shown it so many times now. If England think they will have an easy match on Saturday that is a big mistake. I think it will be very difficult.

“England have the players individually to do something special. Kane is one of them, Sterling is another, but when I tell you it is difficult to beat Sweden it is the truth.

“In the World Cup play-off, Italy couldn’t score in 180 minutes, Germany only scored [in Group F] with a free-kick at the end.”

Sweden are nearly 4/1 with bet365 to win in normal time and you can back Janne Andersson’s team at 2/1 to qualify for the semi-finals which represents a value bet even if you’re a patriotic Englishman.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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