Netherlands takes on the visitors Sweden at “Johan Cruijff Arena” in the matchday 10 of the Europe’s Qualifiers Group stage for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The game will be played in Amsterdam on Tuesday, October 10th.
The Dutch have failed the second qualification cycle in a row. Even though the teams’ squad is formed by a number of the great players, it didn’t manage to promote neither to the UEFA EURO 2016 nor to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Despite two back-to-back triumphs over Bulgaria and Belarus with the same 3:1 scoreline, “Oranje” have only theoretical chances for reaching the second place in Group A. At the moment Dick Advocaat’s side settles on the third position in the group standings with 16 points taken and 19-12 goal difference being three points behind the Swedes whose goal difference makes up +19 while the Dutch’ one is +7. “Oranje” picked up nine points with 12 goals for and three goals against in four encounters at the home field.
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In their turn, the Swedes have unsuccessfully entered the qualification and not claimed for the high positions in this campaign. Nevertheless, the Scandinavians have shown their iron will and tough character, having used their lucky chances. The Northerners won two recent clashes against Belarus 4:0 and Luxembourg 8:0. As a result, the Swedes sit on the second place in the table with 19 points gained and 26-7 goal difference being e real contender for the direct promotion to the Mundial’s final stage. “Tre Kronor” participated in four matches on the road, having got six points with eight goals for and five goals against in them.
The first lap head-to-head between the upcoming rivals ended with 1:1 draw. The forthcoming battle is likely to be full of spectacular and courageous fight, however, I don’t believe that a number of goals will be combined by the opponents in it.
Prediction for the match: Under 4.0 scored goals.