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Netherlands vs Sweden – Euro 2022: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Netherlands and Sweden are among the favourites to win Euro 2022 and to see them playing each other in their first game is a real treat.

The Dutch are reigning champions and are coming into a tournament under coach Mark Parsons for the first time after the Englishman replaced former boss Sarina Wiegman.

Peter Gerhardsson’s Sweden won an Olympic silver medal last summer, on top of the same colour medal from 2016, and are currently FIFA’s highest ranked European team.

This game is also a repeat of a 2019 World Cup semi-final tie that was decided when midfielder Jackie Groenen scored a long-range winner deep into extra-time.

When is kick-off? Saturday 9 July, 20:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Bramall Lane, Sheffield
TV channel/live stream? BBC One (UK)
What time does coverage start? 19:20 (BST)

The Dutch are optimistic about their chances despite key players like Lieke Martens and Danielle van de Donk only recently returning from injury and losing heavily to England in a recent warm-up.

Stina Blackstenius is a doubt to start the match but at least took part in Friday’s training. Veteran defender Linda Sembrant also trained with the squad but stopped early and her participation against the Dutch is questionable as a result.

Netherlands (4-3-3): Van Veenendaal; Wilms, Nouwen, Van der Gragt, Janssen; Groenen, Van de Donk, Spitse; Roord, Miedema, Martens

Sweden (4-3-3): Lindahl; Andersson, Eriksson, Ilestedt, Glas; Seger, Asllani, Angeldahl; Rolfo, Hurtig, Rytting Kaneryd

These are two good teams that will be well drilled from a tactical perspective, so expect this one to be a tight affair that may only be decided by fine margins. But the edge goes to a Sweden team at their absolute peak and proven at a major tournament slightly more recently.

Prediction: Netherlands 1-2 Sweden

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