Sweden hosts Greece in round 8 of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Tuesday, October 12th at Friends Arena (Solna)
Under the management of Janne Andersson, Sweden plays very well and consistently, so you cannot call it an ordinary middle peasant. Rather, the Swedes are closer to the grandees, although they also allow misfires. They did not lose to Spain at the Euro and took first place in their group, but then Ukraine eliminated them in the 1/8 finals. In September, the Swedes defeated the Red Fury. They could earn their points and get a direct ticket to the World Cup ahead of schedule. But no, the Scandinavians managed to lose to the Greeks. In October, they showed a great game and easily dealt with Kosovo (3-0). But it was only a warm-up before the main match of this month.
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The Greeks have already beaten the Swedes in the current qualification. It happened a little more than a month ago, but it was a home game. In general, the experts note that Greece has finally begun to come to life under the current coach, John van't Schip. March started with a draw against Spain itself. On the other hand, the Greeks frankly lack stability. And earning points in matches against the stronger teams, they shared them with the weaker ones. The Blue-Whites tied against Georgia at home and Kosovo away (1-1). There are still chances for a good result in the form of the 2nd place, which gives a right to get into the playoffs. But for this, the Greeks must beat Sweden away.
These national teams have been playing against each other for more than 100 years. The first head-to-head was held at the Olympic Games of 1920. But they don’t cross paths often. Taking into account September, they played five times, and now there is equality: Sweden and Greece won two times each. Formally, this is a game between neighbors in the standings, but the Swedes are stronger. And they will not repeat the misfire of September. We believe in the victory of the home team.
Prediction for the match: Sweden to win