3 February 2019

Confident Edin ready for Sweden-Canada showpiece

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Canada's Team Matt Dunstone edged past Scotland to seal their spot in Sunday's final.

Sweden’s Team Niklas Edin brought their big-game mentality to the Curling World Cup as they recorded must-win victories over Switzerland (8-5) and Japan (7-2) on day four.

But the world champions will face a stern challenge from past Canada’s Team Matt Dunstone, who are in terrific form in Jonkoping after wins over China and Scotland.

“It was amazing to see the crowds before this game. It’s not a big arena but it’s packed in here. They even sold too many tickets so they had to move people into the VIP section! So it’s really good to see that we can fill the stands here.

"[On playing Canada] They’re one of the top teams in the world. It seems like they’re really fired up, they’re screaming and shouting when they’re scoring points so I think it will be a tough game."

Skip Edin, 33, was in a confident mood during the last round-robin encounters and in front of a capacity crowd, delivered two world-class performances.

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Likewise, Team Dunstone were imperious throughout the fourth day with a comfortable 9-2 victory registered in the morning over China setting up a compelling, winner-takes-all match-up against Scotland in the final session.

After the Canadians forced Ross Paterson’s rink to take a single in the seventh end, they kept a firm grip on the last end to pick up a 5-3 success to ensure their place in Sunday’s showpiece.

“We have brought our A-game so far and played well in every game and quite frankly we should have been six and zero here,” said 23-year-old. "It’s been a pretty good week so far but one more big one to go.

“We are firing on all cylinders right now. We are our rock sin the right spots and the curling gods are on our side.

“We are not kidding anybody. We are not the favourites to win this game – they’re one of the best teams in the world. It’s going to be a fun game, we love playing them and they are great guys. We will just have to battle the home crowd a little bit.”

United States had a contrasting day after losing 8-2 to Japan in the morning, they bounced back to defeat Switzerland 10-3 in their final game, while China recorded a terrific 7-5 victory over Suzhou finalists, Norway's Team Steffen Walstad.

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