Sweden vs SpainWorld Cup, KO: 19:45 Sep 2, 2021, Friends Arena, Stockholm
SWEDEN host Spain in a rematch of their Euro 2020 clash in Seville this summer, but this time with vital World Cup points up for grabs.
The European Championship clash finished goalless and both sides later went out of the competition – the Swedes to Ukraine at Hampden in a Last 16 clash and Spain to eventual winners Italy in a pulsating semi-final which could have gone either way.
The Swedes boast a 100 per cent record in their Qatar 2022 campaign so far after two games with wins over Georgia and Kosovo, admittedly two nations they should be beating.
Spain have also beaten Georgia and Kosovo, but could only draw with Greece at home, so they daren't afford another slip-up in Stockholm. Interestingly, they have conceded in all three games.
Luis Enrique has handed a call-up for Valencia's Carlos Soler, while Sweden boss Janne Andersson could give Aris full back Daniel Sundgren a first cap.
How the bookies view it
Recent head to heads
Spain were thoroughly frustrated by Sweden when the nations met this summer at the Euros. The goalless draw can be seen below.
The sides were also paired in the qualifiers and it was a draw in Stockholm and Spain won 3-0 in Madrid. Sweden haven't beaten Spain on the last five occasions.
Players to watch
Emil Forsberg netted an impressive four goals for his country at Euro 2020 and the RB Leipzig striker could easily cause a fragile Spanish defence problems.
Spain's strikers were heavily criticised at the Euros, but Alvaro Morata at least scored three goals including against Italy. The Spaniards usually create chances by the bucketloads and the Juventus man should be there to convert them.
Anything else catch the eye?
Spain can't afford to drop any more points, but they won't have it easy in Stockholm against a Swedish side who frustrated them at the Euros.
Although the game between these nations ended goalless at Euro 2020, Spain were the great entertainers apart from that game and twice netted five goals in matches. Sweden were also involved in a five goal thriller with Poland, so let's go for a Spain win and over 2.5 goals at 15/8 with bet365.
Sweden are just 4/6 to score, but that moves to 10/11 with bet365 if they can score before the 79th minute and that has to be a solid shout with Spanish issues at the back.
Also attractive is the visitors to score two goals or more at 10/11 with Paddy Power.
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