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Russia building on world cup success – Match Preview

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Russia vs Sweden – Match preview

Two impressive sides at the world cup look to continue their good show of form from the world cup. The match takes place on Thursday night, read on for Predictions, match preview and tips.
The Swedes make a return to Russia following their great adventure at the just concluded world cup. Both teams were among the surprise packages as they both made it to the quarterfinals of the competition. However, it’s pretty surprising to see two teams who made it to the last 8 of the world cup playing in the second tier of the UEFA nation’s league. Both nations would be looking to building on the success of their world cup campaigns and gaining promotion in this competition. Let’s wait for Thursday night to find out who ends up triumphant.

Russia

The host of the just concluded world cup is looking very impressive following their exploits in the summer at the world cup. Their run which saw them reach the last 8 has had a huge impact on the country’s football. Also, considering CSKA Moscow’s win over Real Madrid we are yet to see the last of the Russians. Only time will tell as they look to host the Swedes.
The home side has settled had a good spell following their hosting of the world cup. Their nation’s league campaign got off to a much-desired start as they defeated turkey and the Czech Republic comfortably. After their surprisingly impressive run at the world cup, it’s hard to go against this Russian team in front of home supporters.

Sweden

Sweden hasn’t really been able to maintain the pedigree they had at the world cup. After the 2-0 loss to England, they haven’t been in good spirits. They returned to action only to get another defeat at the hands of Austria who weren’t at the world cup.

They make this trip following three matches in which they were casualties and things aren’t looking good for them. The Russians have a hit a scoring form worthy of mentioning and shouldn’t find it difficult getting goals past their visitors.
Sweden is yet to beat Russia in this century and it’s not likely the jinx would be broken on Thursday.

Head to head

Russia hasn’t lost to Sweden in their last four meetings. They won the last meeting by a lone goal during the euro 2016 qualification rounds.

key stats

• Sweden’s last three games have seen them concede at least twice in each.
• Russia has conceded in 12 of their last 13 home matches.
• Both teams have found the net in Russia’s last four international games.
• Russia would be without eight of their players from the just concluded world cup squad.

PICK

Home win or draw and over 1.5

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