Sweden and Belgium will go into battle for the second spot of group E in the European Championship as the two teams play their final game of the group stages.
Belgium were unfortunate in their first game against Italy as they lost 0-2 to Conte’s men but they quickly put themselves back on track on Saturday afternoon against Ireland. Two goals from by Everton striker Lukaku and a goal from Witsel were enough to do the damage. They now hope to repeat this superb performance against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his Swedish team mates in their last group stage battle.
Sweden were unlucky to give away their 1-0 lead in their first game against Ireland as the game ended in a 1-1 due to an injury time own goal. Sweden later lost to 1-0 to Italy in their second game to compound their woes. Sweden now hopes to get a win in this game against a star packed Belgium to put themselves in the second spot of the group.
Sweden Team News:
Mikael Lustig remains sidelined with a groin injury and other than this Sweden are missing no players through fitness issues or suspension.
Sweden national team head-coach Erik Hamren could name the starting eleven that lost 1-0 to Italy on Friday.
Sweden: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Isaksson – Lindelof, Johansson, Granqvist, Martin – Larson, Ekdal, Kallstrom, Forsberg – Guidetti, Ibrahimovic.
Belgium Team News:
Marc Wilmots will be without the Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, who is nursing an ankle injury he picked up in the 3-0 win over Ireland. Radja Nainggolan could come in his place and no other changes are expected to the side who is in an excellent run of form.
Belgium: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Courtois – Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen – Witsel, Nainggolan – Carrasco, De Bruyne, Hazard – Lukaku.
Sweden vs Belgium: Head to Head Stats
The two teams have played 7 times, which Belgium are on top, they have won 4 games of the 7 games, lost 2 against Sweden and drew 1.
They last played in the European championship in 2010 where Belgium won the game 2-1, their last game was in 2014 a friendly game that Belgium also were victorious.
Sweden vs Belgium: Predictions
Belgium’s performance against Ireland was outstanding, they have returned back to winning ways and would want to continue their good work against Sweden. The game would be a tough one but Belgium seems a bit ahead of their opponent.
I predict a win for Belgium a 2-0 win.
1. Belgium win
2. Under 2.5 goals