Group F’s leaders, Spain will be taking on Sweden at the Friends Arena as both teams look to register wins to solidify a spot to the Uefa Euro 2020.
Spain currently tops their group with 19 points, while Sweden comes in second with 14 points on board. A result for Sweden will be vital especially while considering that Romania is just a point behind.
Date- Wednesday, October 16
Kick-Off- 12:15 AM (iST)
Venue- Friends Arena
Sweden Team News
Head coach, Janne Andersson has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game and is likely to play the same team which featured in the 4-0 win over Malta.
Andersson should possibly go with a 4-4-2 formation, with Marcus Berg and Robin Quaison to start up top.
Emil Forsberg and Sebastian Larsson are both in contention of playing in midfield, while Victor Lindelof could return to centre-back after sitting out against Malta.
Sweden has won four games, drawn two, and lost one in the qualifiers so far.
Their only defeat was against Spain at the Santiago Bernabeu
Recent Form- W | L | W | D | W
Spain Team News
Jordi Alba, Jose Gaya, Dani Prejo, Isco, and Paco Alcacer are not in the squad due to injury. Meanwhile, Alvaro Morata has also been ruled out of the Spanish squad. Roberto Moreno did start Oyarzabal, Rodrigo and Caballos in attack against Norway, but could resort to Pablo Sarabia, Luis Alberto and Gerard Moreno versus Sweden. Dani Carvajal is on his way back to the team, while Raul Albiol could make way for Inigo Martines.
Sergio Ramos won’t play a part due to suspension, but Sergio Busquets, Saul and Fabian Ruiz are expected to feature in the upcoming fixture.
Spain has won six games out of seven in the Qualifiers. However, their most recent game against Norway ended on level terms with a 1-1 scoreline.
Recent Form- W | W | W | W | D
Sweden- Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Bengtsson; Larsson, Olsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Quaison
Spain- Kepa; Carvajal, I Martinez, R Albiol, Bernat; Ruiz, Busquets, Saul; Rodrigo, G Moreno, Oyarzabal
The last time the two teams encountered one another was in June, this year. It was Spain who won 3-0 with Ramos and Morata scoring penalties, while Mikel Oyarzabal scored the third goal of the night.
For Spain, Rodrigo will pose a threat in attack, with the 28-year-old already bagging three goals in six Qualifier games. Saul in midfield can also be vital in breaking up play and moving the ball forward.
Fo Sweden, Robin Quaison has been impressive in attacking midfield. Quaison has scored four goals in seven games and will pose a threat to the Spanish defence.
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