Sweden vs Finland Live International Friendly Match on Tuesday 08 January 2018, 11:45 US/16:45 UK/17:45 CET at VENUE: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
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Sweden vs Finland: Team News
Sweden Team News:
Swedish boss Janne Andersson sees the game as an opportunity to see small players in action. Then, the most experienced national players, Captain Andreas Granqvist, such as, are not included. Malmö FF has not released any players after a busy schedule at the beginning of the season due to European commitments. Oscar Lewicki is among those that are not available. Brighton agreed to free Viktor Gyokeres for these games, the only non-Scandinavian player involved. Alexander Isak of Borussia Dortmund has also been selected but has since retired. Up to 12 players could make their début.
Sweden’s key players
- Kalle Holmberg: He scored in friendly matches last winter and nine goals for Norrkoping in 2018 as well.
- Jacob Rinne: the Danish goalkeeper helped Aalborg to among the first six in six days of Superliga.
- Muamer Tankovic – The Allsvenskan comeback in 2018 scored seven goals in 32 games last season.
Sweden Team form
Seeing only the unofficial results of friendly games, Sweden is unbeaten in their last three games, winning two wins and one draw. In January, Kalle Holmberg scored his first international goal in a 1-1 draw against Estonia, while Gustaf Nilsson’s goal won 1-0 against Denmark: the two games played in Abu Dhabi.
Sweden expects alignment
- Expected line: 4-4-2
Sweden Possible XI
- Goalkeeper: Jacob Rinne
- Defenders: Joel Andersson, Alexander Milosevic, Robin Jansson, Jonathan Augustinsson
- Midfielders: Hossam Aiesh, Alexander Fransson, Jonathan Levi, and Melker Hallberg
- Transferred: Alexander Jeremejeff, Muamer Tankovic
Finland Team news
Benji Kallman, the U-21 send, is one of the unprecedented players to play in Finland, along with his more experienced stars abroad, but Finland still has a strong team. Captain Tim Sparv included, while Rasmus Schuller is available as he is also out of season in the United States. Joona Toivio, Juhani Ojala and Rasmus Schuller are also among the experienced internationals summoned.
Finland Key players
Tim Sparv: veteran of 65 Finnish caps, midfielder and national captain of Midtjylland offers an experience in which Sweden simply does not need to trust Doha.
Joona Toivio – The experienced Swedish defender is the other player on the team with more than 50 caps, while he scored in the match against Jordan at the same time last year.
Jesse Joronen: helped Copenhagen to climb to the top of the Danish Super League and was also withdrawn from the market internationally.
Finland Team form
After defeating Morocco 1-0 and losing 2-0 to Slovenia in these games, Finland played only one game in Abu Dhabi last year, while the Scandinavian national teams returned to the UAE. On this occasion, Joona Toivio and Akseli Pelvas scored in a 2-1 victory over Jordan.
Finland Expected alignment
Expected line: 4-4-2
Probably Finland XI
- Goalkeeper: Jesse Joronen
- Defenders: Albin Granlund, Joona Toivio, Juhani Ojala, Jonas Levanen
- Midfielders: Simon Skrabb, Tim Sparv, Glen Kamara, Robert Taylor
- The fronts: Eero Markkanen, Lassi Lappaleinen
Sweden vs Finland: Head to Head
There were 85 previous matches between Sweden and Finland, of which 65 won by Sweden. The last of the nine Finnish victories took place in February 2001, at the Nordic Championships. Sweden has won four and one since then. However, they have not met since qualifying for Euro 2012: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat trick in a 5-0 victory over Sweden in their home match. Joona Toivio scored for Finland in the first leg, but it was too late to return Sweden to a 2-1 victory.
Sweden vs Finland: Betting Tips
These encounters are difficult to judge given the unusual composition of both sides. However, unofficial friendly matches are finally an opportunity for Swedish blood players to find a place in the senior team, while Finland is full of experience.
However, what Finland loses is a striker and, faced with a Swedish defense that has proven to difficult to collapse on this level as all older people, this could be problematic.
Despite all of Finland’s experience on the international stage, Sweden has a solid defense, which includes the core of AIK’s victorious team, Allsvenskan, who only admitted him 16 times. 30 games
Add to that scorers like Alexander Jeremejeff and Muamer Tankovic, the Allsvenskan newcomer of the year 2018, and the quality is excellent at both ends of the field.
The form of Finland has improved recently, partly thanks to its success in the League of Nations of the UEFA, but that depended a lot on the goals of Teemu Pukki and the forward of Norwich does not take part in those parties.
Tim Sparv, Glen Kamara and Joona Toivio are some of the selected players who have played a key role in these games, but once again the targets will be the problem with this Swedish defense.
If Sweden manages to keep Finland out, it has the ideal attacking quality to win a victory as it tends (with some notable exceptions) to mediocre scoring games in recent years.
Finland vs Sweden: Recommended bets with odds
Sweden is the favorite to beat Finland with its scraping team, 888sport that offers a better price of 17/20 in a Swedish victory.
These games tend to weak and less than 2.5 goals will give a return of 13/20 with Bet365 and Betfair.
The Swedish defense will be key and you can bet against both teams to score 3/4 with Betfair, while Sweden’s victory at zero will return 13/8 with Bet365 and Betway.
A piece of blank paper alone in Sweden is also guaranteed at the best price of 11/10 with Betfair and Betway, given the lack of an obvious feat in terms of goals in the ranks of the Finns.
Sweden vs Finland: Prediction
The Swedish scratch team has enough quality in the back and front, at least based on their national form, to win a close victory against an experienced Finland.
Prediction: Sweden 1-0 Finland