Friday, 9 June 2017

Sweden - France

PICK: France AH -0,75 @1,96 PINNACLE 1/10

In 6th round of World Cup qualifications in group A, 2nd placed Sweden will host 1st placed France on Friends Arena in Solna. 

General opinion about Sweden national team was, that they will struggle without Zlatan Ibrahimović, but right now, they are in solid position in pretty strong Group A. They have started qualifications with a draw against Netherlands, while their only defeat was against France in Paris. Except Luxembourg (0-1), Bulgaria and Belarus were defeated with style (3 and 4 goals difference). They introduced themselves as a strong, disciplined team, who's new number 10 is Forsberg, star of Leipzig. As said, the key for success of this team is to play well organised, disciplined and defending with whole team, but on the other hand.. besides Forsberg, they have also Berg, Guidetti, Larsson, Toivonen, Durmaz and they are fully capable to cause problems to every side. Except Wendt, who has retired from national football in March, all important players are prepared for tonights match. Regarding the news from Sweden, people are optimistic about the match - who they wouldn't be.. they've beaten Portugal in last friendly match with 2-3 and even if it was a friendly match with lots of substitutions, result boosted their atmosphere.

France is on 1st place, but we need to admit, that they haven't shown too much of class in qualification matches. They started with draw in Minsk and then added 4 wins, but except against Bulgaria at home (4-1), they were pretty close to failure against Netherlands away, and Sweden at home. They started impressive in Amsterdam, but after a goal of Pogba, they started falling and at the end they were pretty lucky to win. Against Sweden, they were in possession of the match, preparing more chances, but still letting Swedens to come in solid positions. Sweden played well organised, and France had problems in final third of the pitch, where it was simply impossible to pass the Swedish defensive line. With Sagna and Evra out, we can expect Monaco's Mendy and Sidibe on both full back positions, which will be a massive boost to the lineup of France in my opinion. There are rumours that Varane will come back to the first lineup even though he trained alone on Tuesday as he joined the team in Clairefontaine after festive days with his team in Madrid (celebrating the Champions league). Other change might be on the right side of the team, where Deschamps might trust experienced Sissoko over young Dembele.

For my eyes, Sweden played one of the best possible matches in Paris on 11th of November, while France missed some good chances. Even if Swedens played well, their only shot on the target was from free kick, which luckily finished in the net. I strongly believe that match won't change a lot. France will be in possession, creating more chances then Swedens and even if it's almost sure that Deschamps will let his young weapons on the bench there will be one big change for sure and that's Mendy on left full back position. He has shown that even though he is really young, his attacking potential is amazing and because of that, Swedens will need to stay deeper, especially their full backs won't be available to go high on the pitch and besides that, there will be bigger pressure on them as well. Generally I think that squad of France is or is becoming one of the strongest squads in all the history of this country. Even though there are still other 4 matches till the end of the qualifications.. if France will win tonight, they will have calm second period of qualifications. I know that match is even more important for Sweden, but I simply think that quality will make the difference. They surprised them in first match and thats why I think that French will be better prepared on the match today.

FT: 2-1

1 comment:

  1. I am not sure probably you must lay this bet