Coming into the final game of the group stages of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the United States women are in the best position they could possibly be in. They have won both of their first two matches and they've done it in such a way that they have the best goal differential in the group. So, they control their own destiny, but they both have quite a bit of work to do on Wednesday against Sweden.
Both Sweden and the United States will be missing some key players, making the match a tough one to predict. The biggest miss for Sweden will be Caroline Seger, who is suspended through yellow card accumulation. She's been Sweden's most creative player so far, and she will be sorely missed. The United States will probably be missing both Abby Wambach and Heather O'Reilly due to injury, but neither is seriously injured and will be sat purely for precautionary reasons. Megan Rapinoe should replace O'Reilly, while Alex Morgan should replace Wambach.
Despite their great talent up top, Sweden only have two goals in the tournament in their first two games. Star strikers Jessica Landstrom and Lotta Schelin haven't been great, and team newcomer Linda Forsberg is yet to justify her selection. With these players out of form and Seger suspended, Josefine Oqvist might get a look.
The U.S. won't be favored as heavily as they would have been with Wambach and O'Reilly in the lineup, but it would be surprising if they didn't get the draw they need to win the group. Sweden's offense hasn't been great, and it would be surprising if they put up multiple goals on the talented and well-organized USWNT back line.
The other match in the group is between Colombia and North Korea, and is purely for pride. Both Sweden and the United States have clinched quarterfinal berths and are simply fighting for first place.