Sweden VS Netherlands Match Prediction
The head-to-head record between these two nations is very even, with Netherlands having recorded seven wins against Sweden, who have beaten the Dutch on eight occasions. The most recent games between the sides were in qualifying for the 2012 UEFA European Championship, with each team winning their home game in the campaign. Both teams have scored in each of the last four matches between Sweden and Netherlands.
Blind is under pressure after a 2-1 home loss to Greece and there will be questions about his future unless Netherlands win in Sweden. But the hosts will be awkward opponents - despite the loss of Ibrahimovic - and there does not look to be a lot between the sides. A draw is possible.
A price of 5/4 on Netherlands to win here holds little appeal considering the team failed to reach Euro 2016, a tournament that Sweden qualified for, albeit with Ibrahimovic leading them. Sweden can be backed at odds of 13/5 but the best value in the match odds market is the 5/2 on the draw.
Each of the last four games between the sides have seen both teams on the scoresheet so that bet appeals at a price of 21/20, while a 2-2 draw at 18/1 could be worthwhile as a correct score.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic having confirmed his retirement from international football in the wake of Euro 2016, Sweden have to replace their best player, leader and most regular goalscorer. The loss of Ibrahimovic is sure to take time to adjust to, with the forward options available to new coach Janne Andersson not particularly inspiring. John Guidetti looks the most likely to get the nod. Young defender Victor Lindelof is one of Sweden's most exciting players in many years.
Defenders:- Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson
Midfielders:- Hiljemark, Lewicki, Claesson, Hult
Forwards:- Berg, Guidetti
A 2-1 defeat to Greece in a friendly meant as a warm-up to this match raised more questions about Netherlands than it provided answers, with coach Danny Blind still struggling to produce results. While there are some talented young players in the Dutch squad the mentality does not look to be strong and there is no obvious goalscorer in the team at this level either, which makes it quite possible they will miss out on the World Cup after failing to qualify for Euro 2016.
Defenders:- Janmaat, Bruma, van Dijk, Willems
Midfielders:- Blind, Strootman, Wijnaldum, Klaassen, Berghuis