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France v Sweden Preview

France v Sweden Preview

The first quarter final of London 2012 Olympics women’s football tournament sees France play Sweden at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Friday 3 August 2012. The best Sweden have done in this tournament was when they finished fourth in 2004. France have never had a top four finish but will be out for revenge after losing to Sweden in the third place playoff match at last year’s Women’s World Cup.

The winner of this quarter final will play the winner of the quarter final between Brazil and Japan in the semi finals on Monday 6 August 2012.

France’s Route to the Quarter FinalsFrance came second in Group G, winning two matches and losing one, their opening game against the USA. They took a 2 0 lead in that game but couldn’t hold out against the Americans, who eventually won 4 2. They showed no signs of a hangover from that as they thrashed North Korea 5 0 in their second match. A 1 0 win over Columbia in the final group match was enough to see them through to the quarters.

France’s semi final appearance at last year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup ensured their place at this year’s Olympics. They won the Cyprus Cup earlier this year and are seen as a team on their way up under coach Bruno Bini, who has been in charge since 2007.

Sweden’s Route to the Quarter FinalsSweden were the surprise winners of Group F, beating world champions Japan on goal difference. They opened up with a comfortable 4 1 win over South Africa before holding Japan to a goalless draw. They ended up with a 2 2 draw against Canada after going 2 0 up in the first quarter of an hour.

Sweden came second in the 2003 Fifa Women’s World Cup and reached the semi finals in last year’s tournament, losing to eventual winners Japan before beating France in the third place playoff. They also took fourth place at this year’s Algarve Cup. They are coached by Thomas Dennerby.

Football Betting Odds for Sweden vs FranceThe bookmakers have France favourites to win this game, with 6/5 the best on offer for a win in ninety minutes. For Sweden to do the same, the odds go up to 11/5, the same odds that are available for a draw.

Hampden ParkHampden Park in Glasgow is the Scottish national stadium and has a capacity of 52,000. Opened in 1903 and renovated in 1999, it is also the home of Queen’s Park, the only amateur team in the Scottish League. It was used for four of the Group G matches, including two involving France. It will not be used again in this tournament for the men’s or the women’s football.

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