Canada vs. Sweden: WTR Live, Olympic Edition

Thank you, thank you! I WILL be here all week! CREDIT: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
CANADA vs.
SWEDEN
FIFA Ranking: 7th
FIFA Ranking: 4th
Top Scorer: Sinclair (139)

Top Scorer: Schelin (40)
2012 London Olympics Women's Football Tournament
St James Park, Newcastle, England
2:30PM BT (9:30AM ET)
TV: Sportsnet (English), V (French), MSNBC (US)
Forecast: Partly Cloudy, 17°C; Wind SSE 10 km/h
Referee: Hong Eun-Ah (South Korea)
Last Meeting: 3/31/2012, Malmo, SWE 3-1 CAN

These people 'round here, wear beaten down eyes
Sunk in smoke dried faces
They're so resigned to what their fate is
But not us! (no, not ever!)
But not us! (not ever!)
We are far too young and clever. (Remember!)
Too-ra-loo-ra, too-ra-loo-rye, aye
And you'll hum this tune forever...

- "Come On Eileen", Dexy's Midnight Runners

Is it too much to hope for a win here? After two unimpressive performances against world champions Japan and minnow South Africa, will Canada be resigned to fate, which will likely be a third place finish in Group F, or will they go all in, and potentially get second?

Despite the gap in rankings, Canada and Sweden are more even than you think: Canada sports a 3-1-1 record against the Swedes all-time. The Swedes' best Olympic performance is a fourth place in Athens eight years ago -- so the ladies aren't exactly up against world destroyers. That should be some sort of cold comfort there, right?

The Canadians' bad luck with injuries so far isn't helping -- but there is relief on the way: Melanie Booth and Marie-Eve Nault have been announced as replacements for Robyn Gayle and Emily Zurrer, the latter two both ruled out for the rest of the Games. The rest of the lineup is expected to remain the same, except for Lauren Sesselman, who will likely step into the CB role -- a newbie at the role. Sounds familiar, eh TFC?

Before the game, do check out our tee-up for today's game, and get to know the Swedish a bit better with our Better Know Your Olympic Enemy piece. And if you're still wanting to win a Christine Sinclair shirt (courtesy of our friends at Umbro), you may want to get in on our "Are You Smarter Than Carolina Morace?" prediction game. For those of you stuck at the office, or on the road with no access to the coverage -- we'll have live chat and commentary via CoveritLive tomorrow starting at 9:15am ET. The screen is below, or you can follow along via CiL's iPhone or Android apps, or CiL's mobile site!

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