Sweden and Iceland on Friday, January 11, are preparing a friendly for the Euro 2008 qualifiers, which will start in March. The match will be held at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar, and will allow the locals to test their facilities and administrative capacity already aiming at the 2022 World Cup, which will be based in the country. The kickoff is scheduled for 14:45.Neither Swedes nor Icelanders rely on their core teams. The most important players of the two countries work abroad. As the match does not fit into one of the dates that FIFA (International Football Federation) reserves for matches between teams, clubs are not required to give them. Thus, the coaches have to deal with the athletes who work in the national leagues, who are paralyzed due to the strong winter.
The Swedes already held a friendly on Wednesday, January 8, in Qatar. They were defeated by Finland, 1 to 0, who recently gained access to League B of the League of Nations of Europe, the Second Division of the competition that had its inaugural edition.Just like the main team, the Sweden team B showed great difficulty knowing how to manage possession. He had the ball most of the time (59% to 41%), but he still could not finish more than the rivals (eight to ten). The worst score, however, was the quality of the goal kicks. Only three of the Swedish shots had the right direction while Finland sent six of their balls on target thus showing the justice of their success.Although strategically the situation is similar when Sweden turns to its main team, the talents who work abroad can compensate for this deficiency. That’s how the team managed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, leaving behind favorites in the Netherlands and Italy to reach the last 16 of the World Cup.He also secured first place in Group B of League B of the League of Nations and access to the First Division of the Competition by scoring seven points (two wins, one draw and one loss). It exceeded Russia (seven points, but at a disadvantage in the tiebreaker criteria) and Turkey (three points).In the qualifiers for Euro 2020, Sweden was drawn in Group F, which also includes Romania, Spain, Norway, Malta and the Faroe Islands. He will make his debut on June 10 against the Spaniards in the home of the rivals.
The Icelanders began the League of Nations First Division match. But they did not resist. They were relegated to League B when they finished their participation without having achieved a point. They were in the last position of group 2, which had Switzerland qualified for the semifinals and Belgium in second place. Both teams reached nine points with the Swiss taking advantage in the tiebreaker.The selection of Iceland, which made a stir when they reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 in France, just in their first participation in the final round of the tournament, and then qualify for the World Cup Russia, has not achieved a win since January 14, 2018. Since then, he has held 13 matches (four draws and nine losses).The most recent of them was precisely against the selection of Qatar, on November 19. It finished in equality of 2 to 2. In the qualifiers for Euro 2020, Iceland is in group H with France, Turkey, Moldavia, Albania and Andorra. It will debut against the French in the field of rivals on March 25.
Football Prediction of the Day Sweden vs Iceland
Sweden have won 11 of their 15 matches against Iceland. Of the remaining four, Iceland won two and there were two equal ones. The most recent meeting was recorded in 2014. The Swedes scored 2-0 in the friendly.
Although the inability to rely on athletes who perform in other countries is harmful to both Sweden and Iceland, the problem hits Icelanders harder. After all, the country does not have as many technical resources as the rival. In this way, the prognosis in the victory of the Swedes ends up being the most suitable option for the friendly of this Friday in Qatar.
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