Sweden vs Wales:
Date: Sunday; 5-June-2016;
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT,
Venue: Friends Arena (Solna).
Sweden and Wales in desperate search for form before the Euro 2016, when they meet at the Friends Arena in Solna for a friendly on Sunday evening.
Sweden are seen struggling in recent fixture and failed to win in any of their last three matches. They are left with just 1 win from their last 6 fixtures, with 4 of them being draws. Sweden’s recent issues lie in the goal scoring department and without the presence of Ibrahamovic, there will be no goals.
Wales on the other hand fell to a 1-0 loss to Ukraine in their last warm-up match on Monday, which recorded their second defeat in three games. Just like their Sunday’s opponents, Chris Coleman’s side had won just once in their last 6, with 3 draws and 2 defeats. Furthermore, Wales have a number of injury and fitness concerns which could prove costly when the tournament kicks-off in France next week.
Sweden Team News
It will be interesting to see if their star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic will finally get some playing time after being rested in the last two friendlies.
Sweden have no injury or fitness concerns and they could field the strongest possible eleven if head-coach decides.
Wales: Team News
Wales could be once again without their star player Gareth Bale, who suffered a cramp during the final minutes of the Champions League final in Milan. While Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is also a doubt after deemed short on fitness. There are more concerns for Chris Coleman as striker Hal Robson-Kanu is a doubt with a leg inury, while Livepool midfielder Joe Allen is struggling for fitness.
Sweden: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Isaksson – Lustig, Granqvist, Lindelof, Dumaz – Zengin, Wernbloom, Hiljemark, Larsson – Ibrahimovic, Berg.
Wales: Predicted Line-up (3-4-1-2)
Hennessey – Richards, Chester, Davies – Taylor, Gunter, Ledley, Vaughan – MacDonald – Vokes, Church.
Sweden vs Wales: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams have met on four previous occasions, with Sweden winning in the last three after drawing the first fixture (3W, 1D).
The first meeting between the sides was in the 1958 World Cup, 0-0 at full time.
The latest of the encounters was on 2010 at the Liberty Stadium which ended 1-0 in favor of Sweden.
Wales have failed to score in the last two friendlies against Sweden.
Sweden vs Wales: Prediction
Wales are struggling at the moment after failing to win any of their last three matches. Their key players Gareth Bales and Aaron Ramsey are expected to remain out, further worsening their chances in this friendly.
Despite on a same level of form like Wales, Sweden are in a good position to win here, if Zlatan takes the field in Stockholm on Sunday. They have no fitness concerns and head-coach will be keen to ensure the team goes to the Euros in good spirit on the back of a win.
The full time score is predicted at 1-0 win for Sweden; and the goals are likely to be under 2.5.
Recommended Bet: Under 2.5 Goals (odds @ 1.57)
Best Bet: Sweden to win (odds 1.95)
*All Odds from Ladbrokes at the time of composing this article.
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