Sweden national “A” football team takes on the visitor Italy national “A” team at “Friends Arena” in the first-leg match of the Europe’s Qualifiers Play Offs for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The game will be played in Stockholm on Friday, November 10th.
Sweden looked very strong during the qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup final tournament, having occupied the second place in Group A with 19 points earned, going ahead of such rival as Netherlands. Swedish team is stick to discipline, consequently, the side deserved for such success. At this point the Swedes are in good shape and they are quite able to battle for a pass to the final stage of the competition. The upcoming hosts are extremely powerful in face of their supporters, having defeated Belarus 4:0, France 2:1 without mentioning thrashing Luxembourg 8:0 in the recent home clashes.
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In its turn, Italy has been among the top teams of the world for many years already. The side can always rely on its players who are famous all over the world. The Italians let the first place of Group G to Spain in the current qualifying cycle, having lost only one single fight. “Azzurri” demonstrate very strong performance on the road, having failed only once to Spain in this qualification. The Italian side is currently in excellent form and it has good chances for promotion to the final competition in Russia next year.
It is quite surprising but Italy hasn’t gained any triumph in four head-to-heads played in Sweden, having earned only one draw alongside with three defeats in them. I expect that the hosts will at least not lose as the Swedes are remarkably tough at the home filed, especially, bearing in mind that in case of a home defeat there won’t be any chances left for qualifying to the World Cup final stage.
Prediction for the match: Sweden to win with +0.5 Asian handicap (1X).