Sweden will host Norway at the Friends Arena in the 6th round of Euro 2020 qualifying as the Scandinavian duo battle for second place in Group F.
Sweden are currently in 2nd place, with 10 points from 5 games. Janne Andersson’s side won 4-0 against the Faroe Islands on Thursday, adding to their wins against Malta and Romania. They drew away at Norway while losing 3-0 to league leaders Spain. The latter sit comfortably on 15 points, winning every game so far.Embed from Getty Images
Now, the Swedes will be looking for a win in this game, considering Norway are a couple of points behind while Romania are another point further. While finishing second would secure direct entry into the final tournament, both Sweden and Norway are assured of a playoff spot if things go south, for topping their respective groups in the UEFA Nations League.
Norway will be looking for a result as well to bolster their chances of direct qualification. They beat Malta 2-0 in the 5th round to pick up their second win of the qualifying campaign.Embed from Getty Images
Lars Lagerback’s men have 8 points from 5 games and a win here would see them leapfrog their opponents into 2nd place. While it will not be an easy task to accomplish, the visitors have enough quality in their ranks to hurt Sweden.
Coming to team news, Alexander Isak and Robin Quaison are Sweden’s men in form, with the former scoring 3 goals in the last 3 while the latter has scored 4 in the last 5 matches.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth’s Joshua King is the main man for the visitors with 3 goals in the last 5 games. Joining him in the goal-scoring department is Bjorn Johnsen who has bagged 3 goals in the last 4 games. Both managers are expected to name the same starting lineups as the previous games, barring any unforeseen injuries.
Head-To-Head and Sweden vs Norway Prediction
In terms of head-to-head, Sweden have won 11 compared to Norway’s 4 in the previous 22 meetings. The most recent meeting between the two in March produced a 3-3 thriller. Further, both sides have scored in 4 of their last 5 clashes, despite drawing the most recent three of them.
Furthermore, Sweden have failed to register a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches while their visitors were unable to shut out their opponents in 4 of their last 7 games. Thus, both teams can be expected to score in this one.
While Norway are unbeaten in their last 4 games, they did lose to Romania, Spain and Sweden recently and those games have seen over 2.5 goals. Further, Sweden have scored 2+ goals in their last 3 home games, assuring of another game over 2.5 goals.
Finally, Sweden’s home form and advantage should see them win in what promises to be another goal-fest.
Sweden Predicted XI: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Bengtsson; Larsson, Olsson, Ekdal, Quaison; Isak, Berg
Norway Predicted XI: Jarstein; Elabdellaoui, Nordtveit, Hovland, Aleesami; Odegaard, Selnaes, Berge, Johansen; Braut Haland, King