Sweden vs Russia / Nations League – In direct showdown for the first place in the Group 2, League B, second-placed Sweden faces leading Russia, which has three points more at the moment. Since the first match between the two teams played in Kaliningrad had ended as goalless draw it is clear that the Swedes would end up at the first place in the group with any kind of victory, with which they would qualify for the elite League A of the Nations League.
Sweden vs Russia begins 20.11.2018 at 20:45 CET
However, not all went well for the Swedes at the beginning of new UEFA competition as they lost at home to Turkey 3-2 despite having a lead of 2-0. Right because of that they had to play more cautiously in Russia in order to stay undefeated, which they succeeded as the match ended as a goalless draw. Last Saturday the Swedes played more bravely in Konya for which were rewarded with valuable victory over Turkey 1-0.
The victory put the Swedes back in the race for the first place in the group and to do so they need to win Russia at home as they drew with them away. The situation suggests that manager Andersson could set a far more offensive tactic now than in the first match with the Russians, although due to injuries he still cannot count on midfielder Forsberg, while not fully recovered stopper Lindelof is questionable.
Probable lineups Sweden: Olsen – Lustig, Granqvist, Lindelof (Helander), Augustinsson – Larsson, Johansson, Ekdal, Claesson –Thelin, Berg
After very good performances at the last World Cup, where it reached the quarter-finals, Russia continued to play well in the Nations League given that in first three matches it won Turkey two times and drew at home with Sweden. Still, it would all mean very little if they lose now in Solna as in that way they would end up at the second place in the group and had to contend with staying in the Nations League B.
Of course, they want a lot more and especially as Russian public has regain trust in their national team and experienced manager Cherchesov. True, five days ago the Russians lost friendly to Germany 3-0, while Cherchesov has problem with numerous absences for the key match with Sweden given that defender Fernandes, midfielder Zobnin, Dzagoev and Golovin, and forwards Cheryshev, Dzyuba and Smolov are injured.
Probable lineups Russia: Guilherme – Nababkin, Neustadter, Jikia, Kudryashov – Gazinskiy, Kambolov – Kuzyaev, Erokhin, Al. Miranchuk – Chalov
Sweden vs Russia PICK
Although the Russians suit a draw to stay at the first place in the group, they will face the Swedes fairly weakened, while their rivals are in very good mood after winning Turkey away and will surely give their best in order to win in Solna those so much needed three points.
Pick: Sweden wins
Odds: 1.95 at 888sport (down to 1.85 can be played)
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