- South Korea
WorldCupAcca Confirmed Squad:
Keepers: R. Olsen, KJ, Johnsson, K. Nordfeldt
Defence: M. Lustig, V. Lindelof, A. Granqvist, M. Olsson, L. Augustinsson, F. Helander, E. Krafth, P Jansson
Midfield: S. Larsson, A. Ekdal, E. Forsberg, G. Svensson, O. Hiljemark, V. Claesson, M. Rohden, J. Durmaz
Forwards: M. Berg, J. Guidetti, O, Toivonen, I. Thelin
Historically Sweden have a pretty good record, they’ve made 11 appearances and managed 4 semi finals and 1 final itself when they hosted in 1958, finishing runners up to Brazil and a 17-year old Pele. This remains there best finish to date.
After this the only real noteworthy finish was at USA ‘94; having lost in the semis, once again to Brazil, they defeated Bulgaria to secure a 3rd place finish.
In qualifying for Russia the Swedes made the playoff spot at the expense of the Netherlands, they were in fact top scorers in their group which also featured France.
Recent friendly results have been a bit hit and miss – wins over Portugal and Denmark are followed up with defeats to Romania and draws with Estonia, it’s hard to tell which team will turn up on the day and they will be heavily reliant on goals from Berg and Forsberg.
WorldCupAcca The Squad:
Sweden themselves have made the correct decision to not call Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the squad, as great a player as he was, having made the decision to retire it would have been a bit of a joke to allow him to come back into the fold when the rest of the team secured qualification.
The goalkeeper selection coming into the tournament is very inexperienced, all 3 are 28 years of age and they only have 29 caps between them. With Andreas Isaksson having retired after Euro 2016, Robin Olsen seems to have established himself as first choice through Sweden’s qualifying campaign having played every match, he played particularly well in the play-off with Italy.
Whilst Victor Lindelof hasn’t really established himself at Manchester United this season he has proven to be a fine defender when playing for both Benfica and the national team and will surely be one of the first names on the team sheet along with skipper Andreas Granqvist.
Mikael Lustig and Martin Olsson would be favourites to start in the fullback positions, neither are particularly stand-out players but are good enough to do a job and the younger lads in the squad will serve as decent 2nd choice options.
As they’re generally playing in a 4-4-2 most of this team picks itself, Viktor Claesson and Emil Forsberg will be on the wings with Seb Larsson and Gustav Svensson in the middle, Ola Toivonen and Marcus Berg, an U21 star who never really lived up to his potential will be up front.
As far as the rest of the squad go they have a couple of decent options in Albin Ekdal and John Guidetti but other than that this is a really ordinary outfit.
WorldCupAcca The Group:
Whilst Germany should still be winning the group, this should be an interesting group – I wouldn’t expect Germany to blow teams away, they will be coming into the tournament with one of the strongest starting XI’s and serious strength in depth.
Mexico aren’t a bad side, in their last game with Germany in 2017 they lost 4-1 which was perhaps a little flattering, Leon Goretzka bagged a brace in the opening 8 minutes and it was all uphill from there.
After this, they went on to win 5 of their next 7, drawing against European Champions Portugal 2-2 and a 1-0 defeat to Croatia. While they are unlikely to win the group, 2nd place should come down to their final game against Sweden themselves.
The other side to complete Group F are South Korea, other than Son Heung-Min and Koo Ja-cheol they don’t really offer a lot, their qualification campaign was a little underwhelming, only winning 4 from 10 and finishing 7 points behind Iran and just 2 ahead of Syria.
In their last 5 friendlies they have only won 2 which were both 1-0 wins against Latvia and Moldova, other than a 2-1 win over an understrength Colombia side in November 2017 you have to go back to March of last year for their last victory.
WorldCupAcca Betting Tips:
World Cup Group F Fixtures / Results
|Moscow – June 17, 2018 6:00 pm|
|Nizhny Novgorod – June 18, 2018 3:00 pm|
|Rostov-on-Don – June 23, 2018 6:00 pm|
|Sochi – June 23, 2018 9:00 pm|
|Kazan – June 27, 2018 5:00 pm|
|Yekaterinburg – June 27, 2018 7:00 pm|
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