Sweden host France in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday. The Swedes were hard to beat in the Euro qualifiers with France stuttering towards the finish line. Who will come out on top in Solna?
Sweden qualified for the European Championship after finishing second in Group F. They finished five points behind Spain and four points ahead of Norway.
Janne Andersson’ side lost one of their 10 games, a 3-0 defeat in Spain, but won six and drew three of their remaining matches.
Sweden drew 1-1 against Spain in Solna before a 2-0 win in Romania and 3-0 win against Faroe Islands. They competed in two non-FIFA friendlies, winning 1-0 against Moldova and Kosovo.
Sweden Team News
Defenders Andreas Granqvist and Martin Olsson are not in the Sweden squad. Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof will partner Filip Helander or Pontus Jansson against France.
Midfielder Jimmy Durmaz is another player that was overlooked. Experience comes from defender Mikael Lustig (82 caps), midfielder Sebastian Larsson (118) and striker Marcus Berg (76 caps).
20-year-old prospects Dejan Kulusevski and Aleksandar Isak are trying to get into the starting side.
Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt
Defenders: Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelöf, Sebastian Holmén, Pierre Bengtsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson
Midfielders: Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal (vice captain), Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Mattias Svanberg, Ken Sema, Kristoffer Olsson, Dejan Kulusevski
Forwards: Marcus Berg, Robin Quaison, Alexander Isak, Sebastian Andersson, John Guidetti, Isaac Kiese Thelin
France qualified for the European Championship after finishing top of Group H. Didier Deschamps’ side finished two points above Turkey after winning eight of their 10 matches.
Les Bleus suffered a 2-0 defeat in Turkey but bounced back to win six of their final seven matches. France won 1-0 in Iceland, drew 1-1 against Turkey before a 2-1 win against Moldova and 2-0 win in Albania.
France Team News
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has pulled out of the squad after testing positive for COVID-19 alongside midfielders Houssem Aouar and Paul Pogba.
Right back Benjamin Pavard, central defenders Samuel Umtiti and Aymeric Laporte miss out alongside midfielders Thomas Lemar, Corentin Tolisso and winger Kingsley Coman.
Rennes 17-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga has been called up and Manchester Uniter forward Anthony Martial has earned a recall.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Captain), Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan
Defenders: Léo Dubois, Presnel Kimpembe, Raphaël Varane, Clément Lenglet, Lucas Digne, Ferland Mendy, Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez
Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga, N'Golo Kanté, Adrien Rabiot, Steven Nzonzi, Moussa Sissoko
Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Jonathan Ikoné, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappé, Anthony Martial, Nabil Fekir, Wissam Ben Yedder
Sweden vs France Head to Head
France have a 10-6- advantage against Sweden with five draws in 21 matches.
These nations last met in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, France winning 2-1 in Paris and Sweden winning 2-1 at Friends Arena thanks to a late Ola Toivonen strike.
Sweden vs France Odds
France are 1.76 favourites at Unibet with Sweden priced at 5.70. A draw can be backed at 3.60 with bet365.
Sweden vs France Stats
- Sweden are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 competitive matches.
- Sweden have won 3 of their last 4 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
- Sweden are undefeated in 4 of their last 5 home matches against France including friendlies.
- Sweden have drawn 3 of their last 5 home matches against France including friendlies.
- France are undefeated in 23 of their last 25 competitive matches.
- France have won 6 of their last 7 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).