Date: September 4, 2014
Venue: FRIENDS ARENA, Sweden
Kick-off Time: 18:45 hours BST
Two Swedish coaches Erik Hamrén coach of Sweden national football team and Magnus Pehrsson of Estonia will go head to head in an international friendly match in Sweden before the Euro qualifiers begin at the end of the week.
Sweden Form: W-W-L-L-L
Zlatan Ibrahimović will be leading out a very able and strong side looking for resurgence after having missed out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ibrahimović who has 48 international goals to his name could set a national record if he finds the back of the net twice Sven Rydell who has netted 49 times.
Sebastian Larsson ad Kim Kallstrom will run the show from midfield. Both of them are versatile players who can play either in the defensive midfield position or in the hole behind the strikers.
Estonia Form: W-W-D-L-W
Estonia, who have a dismal FIFA ranking will take confidence from the result of the last two international games against Latvia and Netherlands.
Estonia managed to hold World Cup semi-finalists, Netherlands to a 2-2 draw during the qualifiers. They also held Lativa to a 1-1 draw towards the end of 2013. Both these games were home games for Estonia, but it is their away record that will be a cause for concern.
Sweden: Zlatan Ibrahimović
His massive presence on the field coupled with his leadership and outstanding footballing talent will make it very difficult for the Estonian defence to keep him off the scoring sheet.
Estonia: Sergei Zenjov
With the best goal to match ratio amongst those who are called up to the Estonia national squad, Zenjov will have a lot to do. Most of the team’s hopes will rely on his shoulders. With him having joined English club Blackpool recently, he could use his club gained experience in this match.
Except for Sergei Zenjov of the Estonia, none of them play in any of the top football leagues in the world. This could render massive disadvantage when they take the field against Sweden.
Sweden has a much better record than Estonia on the international circuit. The Swedish line-up has talented players and a very able leader in the form of Ibrahimović. Coupling their better team and home advantage, Sweden should come out victors with ease and that’s reflected in the odds offered as well, with a Swedish win at 1.2 with bet365, which is bit of a banker. Estonia’s poor defence will also allow a leakage of goals and that’s also why BetVictor’s 1.55 for more than 2.5 goals is an excellent one.
4-0 Sweden Win