Sweden vs. Spain Tips, Preview and Predictions

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The best two teams in Group B of World Cup qualifying collide as Sweden host Spain at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Thursday night. Both countries are unbeaten in their respective campaigns so far, with Greece the only other side in the section capable of upsetting their chances of finishing in the top two. 

Where and when: Friends Arena – 2 September, kick-off 19:45

Where you can see Sweden vs. Spain: Sky Sports

Last time: Neither team could make the breakthrough as the countries shared a goalless draw at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville during the group stage of Euro 2020 in June. 

Sweden v Spain Predictions and Preview

If Sweden and Spain can both still call themselves unbeaten in this group come the final whistle on Thursday, it’s tough to see either of them failing to finish in the top two. The question though is which of them will finish first in Group B and guarantee their place at the 2022 World Cup. 

Sweden will have home advantage at the Nationalarenan after claiming a draw on Spanish soil at Euro 2020 earlier in the summer. The Blagult topped Group E at the Euros, despite La Roja enjoying home comforts in each of their fixtures. 

However, the Spanish went all the way to the semi-finals, where they lost on penalties to eventual champions Italy, while Sweden exited in the round of 16 after going down to 10 men against Ukraine and losing in extra time. 

Getting so close to reaching the final has restored Spain’s reputation in the European game following a significant fall from grace. Luis Enrique is building an attractive team featuring some hugely talented youngsters and a few older heads, and they’re unbeaten in this World Cup qualifying group. 

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Spain have recovered from drawing with Greece in their opening fixture to beat Georgia and Kosovo in their last two fixtures. Sweden, meanwhile, have two wins from two after beating Georgia and Kosovo. 

Janne Andersson’s side are a well-oiled machine that knows how to play together. They may not have talents such as Koke, Ferran Torres and Alvaro Morata, but they have plenty of experience in the shape of Victor Lindelof, Emil Forsberg and Albin Ekdal, while Juventus youngster Dejan Kulusevski is one to watch. 

Even so, the home team are the 9/2 underdogs in these Sweden v Spain predictions. The visitors are the 3/4 favourites, while you can back the draw at 29/10. The last two meetings between the countries have ended all square, so that could be worth a shout here. Spain did win three in a row before that though, with Sweden’s most recent victory over La Roja coming in European Championship qualifying back in 2006. 

One to watch for Sweden: Dejan Kulusevski made 35 appearances for Juve in Serie A last season. The 21-year-old could be one of those to benefit from Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the Allianz Stadium having learnt from the Portuguese master in Turin, and he’ll hope to improve his scoring record for his country after netting one in 15 games so far. 

One to watch for Spain: Ferran Torres is also 21, but he’s managed eight goals from 17 caps in the early years of his career. The forward has made a great start to the new season in netting two goals in three Premier League games for Manchester City, and he’s well worth keeping an eye on in the goalscoring markets in this Sweden v Spain preview. 

Long shot: Sweden’s last victory over Spain was a 2-0 triumph at Stockholm’s Rasunda Stadium in October 2006. The Blagult are available at 31/1 in these Sweden v Spain tips to repeat that result some 15 years after the fact. 

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