Sweden vs Colombia:
Olympics 2016: Group B,
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016,
Kick-off: 23:00 UK,
Venue: Arena da Amazonia (Amazonas).
Sweden and Colombia lock horns as they both feature in the football event of the Olympics since their last appearance in 1992 edition.
The Swedish U-23 football team will be making their 2nd Olympic appearance in the space of 24 years. The Blue yellow lost to Australia at the quarter-final stage of the 1992 edition of the tournament, which happened to be their last appearance in the prestigious competition missing the 1996,2000,2004,2008 and 2012 edition.
Colombia U-23 team is making their 5th Olympics appearance. The South American side last participation in the football event of the Olympics happened at the 1992 edition in Barcelona. The Coffee growers are in search of their first knock-out ticket in the competition, after they have failed to qualify from the group stage in their last 4 appearance.
Sweden: Team News
Going into the competition, Coach Håkan Ericson picked Abdul khalili, Besikas Centre back Alexander Milosevic, and Astrit Ajdarevic as his 3 overage men for the competition
Sweden: Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Linde: Milosevic, Lundqvist, Konate, Nilsson: Tibbling, Khalili -Tankovic , Ajdarevic, Quaison: Ishak
Colombia: Team News
Going into the competition, Coach Carlos picked William Tesillo who was dropped from the Colombia team that went for Copa America Centanario in USA, Sportin forward Teofilo Gutierrez and Dorlan Parbon as his 3 overage players
Colombia: Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Hurtado: Palacios, Balanta, Tesillo, Borja: Barrios, Lerma- Gutierrez, Pabon, Roa: Preciado
Sweden vs Colombia: Head To Head Statistics
Both sides will meet each other for the first time in an Olympic atmosphere.
However, Sweden have got little experience with playing South America side in this of type competition. The Blue Yellow were pitched in same group with Paraguay In the 1992 edition at Barcelona, both side (i.e. Sweden & Paraguay) shared point in the first game of the group.
Same with the Colombia side gathering experience with European side. Colombia locked horns with the Spanish side football Olympic team for the last game in group stage of the 1992 edition in Barcelona. The Coffee growers were battered by the Spanish team in encounter that ended 4-0.
Sweden vs Colombia: Prediction
This will be a tough clash, as two fresh teams will be looking to make a statement after a long absence from the competition. It will however be evenly poised, with both side given an equal chance of scooping the maximum point.
Colombia performance going into the game is spectacular as they denied USA a ticket to Rio, defeating them with a 3-2 score line over 2 legs. They are a more talented side than their European opponents and could edge this hard-fought match.
Full Time Score Prediction: Sweden 1-2 Colombia.
Sweden vs Colombia: Tips
- Double Chance – Colombia/Draw
- Over 2.5 goals.