Preview and Prediction
The current World Cup winner, France, is getting ready for the second edition of UEFA Nations League this week. They will be travelling to Solna for the first round to take on Sweden. Les Blues are targeting for the better results after their disappointing one in the previous edition. Being in the same group as Portugal and Croatia, they will face a tight rivalry. A victory here should ease their campaign.
Both teams’ latest news
Sweden under Janne Andersson begins to leave out some veterans in 2018 world cup squad such Andres Granqvist, Victor Claesson and Martin Olsson. Yet, some other senior names are still included in the team such as Sebastian Larsson, Mikel Lustig and former PSV man Marcus Berg. Some young stars like Real Sociedad Alexander Isak, Parma’s key man last season Dejan Kulusevski and Bologna midfielder Mattias Svansberg are named to the squad for regeneration.
Les Blues’ current squad seems to be consisting of a nice blend of the experienced and debutantes. The new faces who earn the first call-up are Lille’s goalie Mike Maignan, Rennes’s youngster midfielder, the 17-year old Eduard Camavinga and RB Leipzig’s solid defender, Dayot Upamecano. However, some key men like Paul Pogba and Houssam Aourar have withdrawn due to being infected by covid-19, whereas some others such as Samuel Umtiti, Benjamin Pavard and Kingsley Coman did not even make the cut.
Janne Andersson tends to deploy more pragmatic tactical approach with the classic 4-4-2 as the favorite. Parma’s star of the season, Dejan Kulusevski might get the nod for the starting IX as the main frontman alongside Alexander Isak. The combination of these two young guns will be providing a threat in France’s defence, especially supported by Emile Forsberg and Elbin Ekdal in the midfield.
Didier Deschamps might be employing his favorite 4-2-3-1. Anthony Martial could be opted for the starting IX while Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Nabil Fekir will be supporting the Manchester United man.
Players to watch
Blagut’s promising stars, Dejan Kulusevski and Alexander Isak are likely to be the Swede’s key men in the long run. They can start to pave their stardom here, by beating Les Blues. Another notable name to watch is AS Roma goalie, Robin Olsen.
In the current squad, Kylian Mbappe is still the one France relies on to score alongside Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann. Some other key figures to watch are NGolo Kante, Raphael Varane and Hugo Lloris.
Sweden vs France Prediction
In this potentially exciting class, the visiting side still has better chance to snatch three points here. Blagut would not let them win easily. Thus, a draw or a narrow win seesm still quite possible for Antoine Griezmann and Co.
France squad in the clear favorite. They are priced to win at 1.72 whereas Emile Forsberg and Co’s win market is only at 5.25. The draw is at the value of 3.40.