Place: Russia. Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Nizhny Novgorod.
Date: on the 18th of June, 2018 (Monday)
Match start: 13:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup, group F, 1st round
Sweden (the head coach Janne Andersson)
From 11 Russian cities which host matches of the group stage of the XXI World Championship the last cities that join the game are Nizhny Novgorod and Volgograd. Sweden (Tre Kronor) and South Korea will be the participants of the first match in the capital of the Volga region.
Sixty years ago, in 1958 during FIFA World Cup in Sweden the Yellow and Blues have jumped above the head and have managed to reach the final, having beaten in two rounds of the playoffs the USSR (2:0) and defending World champions – Germany (3:1). But in the decisive final match against Brazil that was a game in one, Swedish gates. We will remind you that Pelé and Vava have scored each two goals during that match and as a result of Tre Kronor have lost with the hockey score (2:5).
And for the second time Sweden has impressed with the game and the final 3rd place nearly 25 years ago, at the World Cup 1994 in the USA. Since then Tre Kronor became the rare guest of the World championship finals. For example, now the modern Janne Andersson’s team will participate in the World Championship after 12 year break (2006).
South Korea (the head coach Shin Tae-Yong)
The most surprising fact today is the fact that Sweden has managed to qualify on the World championship when Zlatan Ibrahimović the world top-class football player has left the team. However right now, without “Super Zlatan”, Tre Kronor together with the closest opponent – South Korea is considered by bookmakers to be the underdogs of the 6th quartet in which Germany and Mexico are also included.
By analogy with Tre Kronor during the World Cup 1958, at the mention of its rival the 17th World Cup that was held in summer 2002 in Japan and South Korea are remembered at once. Why do we remember the FIFA World Cup? First of all, we remember “the egregious blunders ” of head referees in the matches with participation of the team of Guus Hiddink directed only in favor of one of the hosts of the tournament. And therefore even Italy and Spain were doomed when they played against South Korea playoffs. But all subsequent World Cups demonstrated the fact that South Korea has lost its “super game”. And therefore only once, during the World championship 2010 in the Republic of South Africa, South Korea has managed to leave the group in the first round of the playoffs with the subsequent defeat of Uruguay (1:2).
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Sweden vs South Korea
The modern national team of South Korea (W2 – 3.95) for 90 % is made of the football players who are playing in the National League and also in the championship of Japan. And the most famous European football player is the winger of Tottenham, London Son Heung-min.
But Sweden has much more famous players headed by the full back of Krasnodar Andreas Granqvist and the attacking midfielder from Hull Sebastian Larsson. And therefore Tre Kronor (W1 – 2.20) is considered by bookmakers to be the favorite of the match.
The forthcoming match is extremely important for both teams. His winner will compete with Mexico in fight for the second final place. And experts have already given a champion title in this group to Bundesteam. Here, in our opinion, Tre Kronor have more chances to score three winning points.