While this isn't exactly the championship game, it's just as important. We've nearly reached the end of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, which begins to wrap up this weekend. In this game, England takes on Sweden for third place in this year's tournament. Both teams played some grueling games in the early going, reached the knockout rounds, and both came up short in the semifinals. But they still get to play one last game to prove that they are among the world's best.
England vs. Sweden
When: Saturday, July 6 at 11 a.m. ET
Where: Allianz Riviera (Nice, France)
TV: FOX and Telemundo
Three Things to Watch
1. England's journey to this game
"The Three Lionesses" swept through Group D without a scratch on them (3-0-0, 9 points). From there they scored a combined six goals to defeat both Cameroon and Norway but fell a goal short in a 2-1 loss to Team USA in the semifinals. Ellen White scored the lone English goal against the U.S., giving her six for the tournament. Her team will be leaning on her again when England takes the field against Sweden.
2. Sweden's journey to this game
Sweden shared Group F with the U.S. and sustained their only group loss against the Americans. The Swedes soundly took down Thailand and Chile before advancing to the knockout stage. Once there, they won a pair of close games against Canada and Germany before falling to the Netherlands in extra time in the semis. Sweden has had eight different players score in this World Cup so you can expect this team to give England's defense a hard test.
Before now, these two teams had played each other on 14 previous occasions. Sweden has the edge (7-3-4) with a 19-12 scoring advantage in those games. They have split the last three meetings (1-1-1) and this marks the first time England and Sweden have faced off in the Women's World Cup.
Sweden's team ball style of play in this tournament wins a close one and takes home the third-place finish.
Prediction: Sweden 3, England 2
— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.