Russia vs Sweden 09/05/2015 UEFA EURO2016 Qualifiers Preview & Predictions
Sweden vs Russia
Saturday 5th September 2015 12:00(ET)
The Line: Russia 11/10 Draw 23/10 Sweden 3/1 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports; Bein Sports
One of the games of the weekend in the qualifiers will see Sweden travel to Russia with a win for the Swedes all but guaranteeing them qualification for the European Championships. Sweden and Austria have dominated this qualifying group and both are unbeaten thus far in the Group. Russia are eight points behind Austria having lost home and away to the Austrians and are four points behind Sweden. This is a must win game for the Russians as even a draw here against Sweden will leave them four points behind with only three games to go. Russian manager Slutsky will look to Zhirkov, Cherysov and Kokorin as Russia look to rebuild and qualify for a major competition after alot of recent retirements.
Sweden have one of the best attackers in the world in Zlatan Ibrahimovich and he will lead the line for the Swedes in what is a good team , solid in defence and midfield with Ibrahimoivch and Larsson the main creative influences. Ibrahimovich can be simply unplayable when he is in the mood and generally speaking when he pulls on a Sweden shirt he more often than not dominates the play. Given the record of both teams thus far I find it hard to understand why Russia are such heavy favourites here, yes Russia have home advantage but they do not look like a team likely to beat Sweden.
I'm taking Sweden +1 here as one of the strongest plays of the weekend and I wouldnt be overse to putting a little on the Swedes moneyline here either. Sweden to me look the better team and I think Russia will struggle to win this one.