Sweden v Russia | Betting Preview

Date: October 9, 2014
Venue: Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden.
Kick off time: 19:45 hrs BST.

Arguably the match of the current set of fixtures see two traditional footballing nations Sweden take on Russia. This match being played in the early days of the qualification battle might not affect the qualification so much but both the teams would like to win this and set a marker for the rest of the competition.

Sweden form: L-L-L-W-D

Having failed to qualify for the last World Cup Sweden will have to be on their guard to make sure they do not falter again. Having just won a single game in their last five outings and a draw to start the qualification things are not going well for them. A win against Russia might change all that and kick start their campaign.

Russia form: D-L-D-W-W

Having won the last two games, Russia would like to keep the momentum going and not be loose against a strong Swedish side. A tight game at the back would help them control the attacking Swedish flair.

Key Players

Sweden: Kim Kallstrom

With the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimović out injured the onus of maintaining the engine room of Sweden falls on the experienced Kim Kallstrom. This experienced midfielders knowledge of playing in the Russian League should help him in the match.

Russia: Aleksandr Kerzhakov

This thirty one year old experienced St Petersburg striker is Russia’s all-time top scorer with 28 goals. He will hope that his twenty ninth would help him extant Russia’s winning run to three games.

Betting Advice

Beating Sweden in Sweden is a very difficult proposition. Even with the injured Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden has the team to beat Russia. Russia, on the other hand has momentum on their hands and may have caught Sweden at a very good time when they are wobbly and low on confidence with their inspirational captain out injured. A draw at 3.0 with bet365 looks like a tempting bet on this game while there could be less than 2.5 goals in this game, which is at 1.57 with bet365.