Europe: World Cup – qualifiers - final (1st match)
Match start: 21:45 (GMT+1)
One of the most interesting pairs at the stage of play-off to the World Cup 2018 is Sweden-Italy. During the 1st match Sweden will host Italy in Stockholm and this is the only chance for Sweden to shine. Italians have to play paly-off as they didn’t manage to win over Spain in frames of qualification group.
One would seem that when Ibrahimović had left the team nothing good could happen with the team during the qualification stage. But Sweden became more organized and united thanks to the coaching staff, headed by Jan Andersson. The squad of this national team shifted to defense line, where such football players as Lindelöf, Grandkvist and Olsson are acting. The attacking line is marked by such players as talented Forsberg and strong forwards: Berg, Toivonen and Guidetti who are perfectly acting during wings’ attacks.
The national team of Italy is also experiencing the changing times and wasn’t able to win over Spain at their qualification group. The modern Italian football is lacking in real football stars. Still, defense has such football players as Bonucci, Chiellini, Buffon and Verratti. Attack line is presented by Immobile, Insigne and Zaza who can’t be called the football players of a world level. And these are the problems of the Italian national team, which leaders are either getting old or experiencing decrease.
Though Italy isn’t unquestionable favorite of the main football tournament any more, we still don’t doubt that Italy will win the match against Sweden.
Our tip: Italy to win with handicap (0) – odds 1.61 Pinnacle
Judging by the statistics of previous matches between Sweden and Italy, we won’t enjoy scoring football.
Our tip: Total under (2.5 goals) – odds 1.56 5Dimes