Russia v Sweden
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
On Thursday night, Russia and Sweden meet in the Nations League B, as the home team looks to take command of Group 2.
Russia’s recent form has been slightly inconsistent, but the home side has lost just once in eight games over 90 minutes. Last time out the home side recorded a 5-1 win over the Czech Republic, after winning 2-1 in Turkey in their first Nations League outing.
The home side has been good value for money of late when it comes to goals, as there have been over 2.5 goals scored in five of their last seven international outings.
Excluding the World Cup, Russia’s recent home record is a poor one, as they have won just one of their last seven outings on home soil.
Sweden heads into this clash in relatively poor form, having suffered three straight defeats in the international game. Last time out, the Scandinavian team suffered a 3-2 home loss against Turkey in their first Nations League outings.
The visitors have struggled to win games of late, winning just three of their last 11 international outings. A key factor in their recent defeats has been poor defensive displays, as Sweden have conceded at least twice in four of their last six matches.
Sweden’s record on their travels is also poor, as they have failed to win in five games while suffering four defeats in the process.
Russia will be without veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who recently announced his retirement from the international game. Andrey Lunev looks the most likely candidate to start this game in goal. Winger Aleksandr Golovin missed the last set of internationals through injury. However, he is expected to return in this clash.
For Sweden, winger Emil Forsberg and centre-back Andreas Granqvist will return to the starting line-up after missing the visitor’s last international games.