Sitting in third place in the FIFA rankings, Sweden will be hoping to go deep into the tournament, but first, they must focus on getting out of a group that contains Argentina, Italy and South Africa.
Peter Gerhardsson’s side have struggled to find their best form in recent times, with their last five matches producing one win, two draws and two defeats.
However, they will be able to take inspiration from the fact that they are unbeaten in their previous four World Cup openers.
South Africa, meanwhile, have qualified for the World Cup for a second time after they made their first appearance in the 2019 tournament.
With the 2022 Cup of Nations serving as World Cup qualifying tournament, South Africa knew that a semi-final berth would secure their ticket to Australia and New Zealand.
At Wellington Regional Stadium on Sunday, Sweden Women will face South Africa Women in the opening match of the Women’s World Cup 2023.
South Africa is competing in their second World Cup while the European team has never missed one.
Sweden has a respectable track record at the World Cup, having placed third three times, including in France four years ago, and second in 2003.
After their chances of winning the competition were dashed by an extra-time loss to the Netherlands, they were able to rescue third place in 2019 with a 2-1 victory over England.
Sweden, which is now ranked third in the FIFA rankings, will be hoping to advance far in the tournament, but they must first concentrate on getting out of a group that also includes Argentina, Italy, and South Africa.
In their last five games, Peter Gerhardsson’s team has produced one win, two draws, and two losses, struggling to reach their best form recently.
They can draw strength from the fact that they haven’t lost in their previous four World Cup openers, though.
South Africa, meanwhile, made their maiden appearance in the 2019 World Cup and has already qualified for the World Cup a second time.
South Africa understood that a semi-final berth would guarantee them a trip to Australia and New Zealand since the 2022 Cup of Nations served as the World Cup qualifying competition.
After defeating Tunisia in the quarterfinals, they went on to beat Zambia and Morocco to win the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time ever, securing their place in the World Cup.
South Africa will be trying to perform better this time around after losing all three of their group games in 2019, but as the lowest-ranked side in the group, they may have their work cut out for them.
South Africa would have felt encouraged by their 2-0 victory over Costa Rica earlier this month, which snapped a three-game losing streak.