Russia national football team take on the visitors Sweden national football team at the Kaliningrad Stadium in the Round 3 of the UEFA Nations League Group B. The match will be played in Kaliningrad on Thursday, October 11th.
Russia national football team have lost their longtime goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev recently who has left them after a long career there. Now the main goalie of the Russians will probably be Andrey Lunyov but it is a big question whether he will be able to replace the Russian legend Akinfeev. Lunyov has a lot less experience than Akinfeev so the position of the goalkeeper in the team of Stanislav Cherchesov is the most unsafe one right now. On the other hand, the offensive line of the team is even greater with Aleksandr Kokorin coming back. This line is very flexible for them. Considering that the Russians will play in front of their home crowd on Thursday it is likely that they will be able to score at least once. However, it is a big question whether they will be able to concede zero goals. In their last three matches Russia national football team beat Czech national football team with a 5-1 score in a friendly international fixture, Turkey national football team with a 2-1 score in the Round 1 of the UEFA Nations League Group B and lost to Croatia in a penalty shootout in the 1/4-finals fixture of the World Cup.
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In the Round 2 of the UEFA Nations League Group B Sweden national football team lost to Turkey national football team. They were winning with a 2-1 score by the 88th minute of that game but conceded two goals in several minutes and lost with a 2-3 score in the end. It`s worth noting though that the offensive line of the Blagult has been showing great performances lately. After Zlatan Ibrahimovic left them everybody thought that they would lose a lot of their offensive strength. However, the team of Janne Andersson started to show a great playing style, they started to use their set plays, their long plays, their combinations productively. It is likely that it will be easy for them to score in the upcoming fixture but very hard to avoid conceding. In their last three matches Sweden national football team lost to Turkey national football team with a 2-3 score In the Round 2 of the UEFA Nations League Group B, to Austria national football team with a 0-2 score in a friendly international fixture and to England national football team with the same 0-2 score in the ¼-finals fixture of the World Cup.
Both Russia national football team and Sweden national football team have been looking great in the offense but bad in the defense lately. Thereby both teams will most likely score in the upcoming fixture.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score.