Today’s Predictions: Germany Vs Sweden
Germany 2 – 1 Sweden
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The 29th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between defending champions Germany and Sweden.
- Date : 23rd June 2018
- Time : 11:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Sochi Stadium
Germany suffered a disappointing defeat to Mexico in their opening clash, and now face Sweden in a must win game for both these teams, as they look at qualifying for the next round.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Germany had one of the strongest qualifying phases out of all the teams in Europe, breaking several records in the process. They went unbeaten throughout the qualifiers, and a record 21 different goal scorers were involved, highlighting their remarkable strength in depth. They had a final goal difference of +39, another record.
Sweden created the biggest stir during the World Cup qualification phase by knocking out 2006 Champions and group favourites Italy, undoubtedly the highest profile nation not playing in this World Cup. They were the strongest side defensively and kept 7 clean sheets in 10 matches. This led them to finish second in a tough group also containing France, and they eventually won their playoff match against Italy, to qualify for the finals.
Despite an impeccable qualification campaign, Germany have actually been in poor form in recent months, with their only win in the last 6 matches coming against Saudi Arabia. However, that being said they also chose the toughest friendly fixtures to ensure adequate preparation for the World Cup, and escaped unbeaten against Spain, France and England, while Brazil and Austria managed to get the better off them. The team is famous for its unity and chemistry, and that looks set to continue with many of the previous world cup winning squad players still there this time around as well.
Sweden haven’t been able to carry forward their brilliant qualifers’ form to their recent international friendlies in preparation for the World Cup. They haven’t won as single game in their last 4 matches, with defeats to Chile and Romania, and goalless draws against Denmark and Peru. This means the fan are worried with the squad’s form going into the tournament, however the manager has assured that things are under control as he has been trying several formations and strategies.
Germany and Sweden in the World Cup So Far
Germany suffered one of the biggest shocks in their history, as their defence of the Fifa World Cup winners title began in the worst possible way with a defeat to Mexico. Their players were lethargic and simply could not match up to the speed of the Mexicans, being outrun all over the pitch.
Sweden got 3 priceless points against South Korea courtesy of a penalty scored by their captain. However, they would need to improve their attack if they want to have any hope of dislodging the champions.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met 11 times over the years, with Germany winning 6 of those matches, drawing 4 and losing just once. They have met 3 times in the World Cup before, with German winning on each occasion.
Germany have also left out some very big names from their final 23 man squad, a testament of their squad depth. The most shocking exclusion from the list was that of Manchester City’s mercurial winger Leroy Sane, who had one of the best domestic seasons a winger could have. A huge relief for the Germans is that Marco Reus is finally fit and available, after missing out on the 2014 World Cup as well as Euro 2-16 due to unfortunate injuries.
Sweden are going to be without their most dynamic player in history as Zlatan Ibrahimovic had retired from international football a year ago. He will undoubtedly by a huge miss in the tournament. Their qualifying hero who scored the all important winner against Italy in the play off, Jakob Johannson, is also out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Players To Watch Out For
Germany have an abundance of world class stars at their disposal, and it is difficult to specifically choose from them. Thomas Muller has been remarkably prolific for the national team, especially at the last 2 World Cup, and would be looking to compete for the Golden boot again. Marco Reus is finally available for selection, and would be looking to make up for the lost time. Mats Hummels and Toni Kroos would be looking to carry their club form to the national stage, while Manuel Neuer is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world.
Sweden do have a bunch of stalwarts who have been carrying the national flag high even after the retirement of the legendary Zlatan. Their most valuable player is undoubtedly Emil Forsberg, with the attacking midfielder responsible for their entire attacking gameplay. Captain Andreas Granqvist has been a defensive rock for more than a decade and will keep things tight at the back. He has already scored the all important winner against South Korea via a penalty.
Germany Vs Sweden Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Germany are the favourites in this clash as they would be looking to avenge their shock defeat in the opening game of their world cup title defence. Sweden are joint table toppers currently but were far from convincing against a weak Korean side.
- Germany have played the highest number of matches and scored the highest number of goals in FIFA World Cup history.
- This is Sweden’s 12th World Cup appearance, but they could not qualify for the last two World Cups.
- Sweden kept 7 clean sheets during qualifying, while Germany conceded just 4 in the entire tournament in 2014. Hence, we strongly recommend betting on the under 2.5 goals market as well as the both teams not to score market.
Germany would be looking to get back to winning way and get their world cup campaign back on track. Anything but a win will put their chances of qualifying in jeopardy, and we expect them to comfortably win this fixture.
Our Predicted Scoreline : Germany 2-0 Sweden