One of the most anticipated of the World Cup qualifiers this weekend takes place on Friday night as Group A leaders France take on 2nd placed Sweden. Who will win? Read below our Sweden v France match predictions, betting tips, starting line-ups, team news, enhanced odds and no deposit free bets on this weekend's World Cup qualifying matches!
SWEDEN v FRANCE BETTING PREVIEW
Sweden started their qualification campaign brightly, scoring eight goals without conceding against Luxembourg, Bulgaria and Belarus, whilst managing a draw against the Netherlands. Anyway, they fell to a narrow defeat in Saint-Denis back in November and now trail Les Blues by three points. a victory for the Swedes would see them usurp France at the top of the table and open up the group.
The Swedes look weaker than the past years following the retirements of stalwarts Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kim Kallstrom from the international scene. Robin Olsen has emerged as first choice keeper under new boss Janne Andersson and will play between the posts. In defense, Martin Olsson and Ludwig Augustinsson are in competition on the left, with Mikael Lusting and Emil Krafth vying for the spot on the right. Up top veteran Marcus Berg will partner Ola Toivonen, with Emil Forsberg and Jimmy Durmaz providing support from the wings. Albin Ekdal and Osca Hiljemark will play in the middle of the park.
France top Group A as expected and they have the chance to go 6 points clear with an away win and put real distance between themselves and their chasers. Les Blues beat Sweden in France 2-1 in the reverse fixture and remain unbeaten after 5 qualifying matches. They thrashed Paraguay 5-0 in a friendly last Friday, they’ve drawn with the Ivory Coast and lost to Spain over their last four. Didier Deschamps' men have kept only two clean sheets in seven on their travels, conceding against Luxembourg in their last road trip.
After scoring a hat-trick aggainst Paraguay last time out, Olivier Giroud will lead the line. The offensive trio behind him should include Mohammed Sissoko, Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet. The likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele provide further alternatives in attack. In the absence of Layvin Kurzawa, Benjamin Mendy and Lucas Digne compete for the left-back spot.
SWEDEN v FRANCE PROBABLE LINEUPS
France (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Mendy, Sidibe, Varane, Koscielny; Pogba, Matuidi; Payet, Sissoko, Griezmann; Giroud
SWEDEN v FRANCE ODDS
|SWEDEN||5.75 with||Bet £10, win £57.50|
|THE DRAW||3.80 with||Bet £10, win £38.00|
|FRANCE||7.00 with||Bet £10, win £70.00|
SWEDEN v FRANCE PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|France to win||7.00|
|Both teams to score||2.10|
|1-3 Correct Score||19.00|
|Payet anytime goalscorer||3.75|
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