Two countries that have gotten to know each other well in recent years will compete again this week in a World Cup qualifier, as Spain travels to Stockholm to take on Sweden.
World Cup Qualifying Preview
Spain exceeded expectations during the EUROs as they recovered from a very slow start to reach the semi-finals of the competition. However, at that stage they were eventually outdone by the eventual winners, Italy. Either way, Spain could have taken a lot of confidence from that run to the semi-finals as they recovered from two disappointing draws to beat both Slovakia and Croatia with ease. Their character was also reflected in a penalty win against Switzerland, which had previously knocked out France. Spain’s World Cup qualifying campaign has gotten off to a good start as they currently have seven points after three games. They defeated both Georgia and Kosovo, but were held in a 1-1 draw by Greece. The most recent of their wins was a 3-1 success against Kosovo, with Dani Olmo, Gerard Moreno and Ferran Torres on the scoresheet.
Sweden would have been bitterly disappointed not to be able to reach the quarter-finals of the EUROs, having been dramatically beaten by Ukraine in the round of 16. Ukraine scored in the last minute of stoppage time to claim a famous 2-1 victory. That came after Sweden led a group that also included Spain. They have started their World Cup qualifier campaign in good shape so far as they have won both of their first two matches. Sweden’s most recent success was a 3-0 away win against Kosovo. Sebastian Larsson, Alexander Isak and Ludwig Augustinsson scored in that win.
Sweden vs Spain Head to Head
As we said, these two nations have become very familiar with each other. They have met three times in the past two years. Sweden has yet to win a game, but has drawn in a row against the Spaniards, including the 0-0 draw on the opening day of the European Championship. Spain’s last win was a home success in qualifying for the European Championship, as they won 3-0.
Sweden vs Spain Prediction
Spain certainly seemed to be heading in the right direction at the end of their run on the EUROs. Sweden was just unlucky when they were eliminated. The last two meetings between the two sides have ended in draws and we expect history to repeat itself again.
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