Sweden vs France Prediction, Preview, H2H and World Cup Betting Tips 09.06.2017
Couple of days after a tremendous 5-0 victory over Paraguay in a friendly match France heads to Scandinavia where Sweden hopes to upset one of the leading nations in European football. Both sides are topping Group A of the 2018 FIFA World Cup European Qualifiers but a win in Solna could be a massive step forward for France, who are still unbeaten after first five rounds. In the meantime Swedish team hints to be main runner-up after first half of the qualifying campaign, having three points less (10 against 13 to France).
H2H: Sweden vs France
Sweden’s only defeat came exactly against France when both teams played their first competitive encounter since a 2-0 victory of Sweden during the UEFA Euro 2012 group phase. The qualifier has been staged at the “Stade de France” in French capital Paris where Swedish winger Emil Forsberg opened the score but Didier Deschamps’ men produced a quick response and made a full comeback to win the game. Paul Pogba equalized only three minutes after Forsberg’s opener in 54th minute, while Dimitri Payet scored a winner in the 65th minute.
That was the first qualifying duel between these two nations after the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, where France were first leg hosts once again. And guess what, Sweden opened the score in Paris but “The Blues” made another comeback with two goals by Eric Cantona. Few months later Sweden and France met on Swedish turf, at the old “Råsundastadion”, where game has ended without a winner – 1-1 draw. Martin Dahlin scored a late equalizer as thus he saved all chances for Sweden to finish on top of the group. Like it happened when later on Sweden won qualifying group 6 while France couldn’t qualify to the 1994 World Cup in the United States, where Sweden were bronze medalists.
World Cup Qualification: Sweden vs France 09.06.2017
Sweden will be keen to earn whole set of points but that’s an extremely tricky task when you have one of the most talented national pools arriving in town. Janne Andersson perfectly realizes that so we sincerely believe Swedes will be pleased even with a point, although winning should be a priority.
Situation in the group can be even more tied if other potential contenders win their matches on Friday night, respectively Bulgaria (vs Belarus) and the Netherlands (vs Luxembourg).
France surprisingly dropped a point away in Belarus back on matchday one, but that goalless draw has been followed by four consecutive wins. This secures a three-point leadership to Didier Deschamps and his skilled selection of proven names with some hot prospects. Nevertheless, a moment of underestimation can cost them a lot and we highly doubt losing of the first position somehow features into Deschamps’ plans.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
French squad will be boosted with a return of Real Madrid’s centre-back Raphaël Varane, who took part in the 2017 UEFA Champions League final. Varane will most likely start alongside Laurent Koscielny and that’s probably the only potential rotation in the French squad, compared with the starting XI used vs Paraguay. A hat-trick scored by Olivier Giroud plus entire attacking efficiency of the trio behind Dembele/Griezmann/Payet represents a pacey line, which can be a huge threat to Sweden’s defense.
On other hand Janne Andersson relies on a new wave of Swedish footballers as a result of international retirement by some of the experienced-first-team players after the UEFA Euro 2016 last summer.
Borussia Mönchengladbach’s left-back Oscar Wendt retired from international football before victories over Belarus (4-0) and Portugal (3-2) in end of March, so his position might be taken from either Martin Olsson or Ludwig Augustinsson.
Viktor Claesson is also a pretender for a starting midfield role here, especially after his crucial effort with two goals scored for a 2-3 win over Portugal (losing 2-0 on half-time) in Sweden’s most recent game. It has been preceded by a great home win vs Belarus where Emil Forsberg, Marcus Berg and Isaac Thelin were the goal scorers. However, Thelin is not in current Swedish roster so most likely Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen will lead their attack in a typical 4-4-2 formation.
Sweden vs France Betting Tips and Prediction
Sweden have won just one of last 14 games vs France and that was an aforementioned 2-0 success in Ukrainian capital Kiev. Anyway, it was part from the last group stage round when both sides were already aware of their destiny at the UEFA Euro 2012 – France proceeded to the quarter-finals, while Sweden were eliminated after losing to England and Ukraine. Five years later Sweden dreams for another positive result which can be a great move in their current World Cup run.
France holds one of the most impressive attacking lines and it’s pretty sure Sweden trains for a real challenge ahead.
Sweden looks effective as well, as they have scored in each of their matches after a 0-1 defeat to Belgium at the UEFA Euro 2016.
We do believe both teams can score and value on our betting prediction seems to be fine as well. Sweden vs France – “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Venue: “Friends Arena”, Solna, Stockholm.
Referee: Martin Atkinson from England.
Possible Lineups of Sweden and France
Sweden: Robin Olsen – Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelöf, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson – Emil Forsberg, Albin Ekdal, Jakob Johansson, Viktor Claesson – Ola Toivonen, Marcus Berg. (4-4-2)
France: Hugo Lloris – Djibril Sidibe, Laurent Koscielny, Raphaël Varane, Benjamin Mendy – Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi – Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet – Olivier Giroud. (4-2-3-1)