Russia – Sweden Tips & Predictions For Today, October 11, 2018.
League: UEFA Nations League – League B
Match Result: 0:0 WON!!!
|It will be a meeting of top versus bottom in League B, Group 2, of the UEFA Nations League (UNL), as Russia welcome Sweden to the country for the third-time since 2000 (W2, D1), with the hosts unbeaten against their Scandinavian opponents overall since 1994 (W2, D2).|
|At home, the Russians recently beat the Czech Republic 5-1 – their first win in seven home matches outside the World Cup (W1, D3, L3). If that record seems poor, it’s worth noting that they hosted the likes of France, Brazil, Argentina, and Spain in the lead up to the tournament.|
|Including the WC and Confederations Cup, Russia have played 19 home matches since Euro 2016 – and have kept just four clean sheets. In fact, they’ve conceded 28 goals in this period – 1.47 on average.|
|Sweden have had mixed results lately. Outside the WC, they’ve only recorded one win in seven away matches (W1, D2, L4), and have failed to score in four of those. They’ve only managed to score two goals in the last four H2Hs against Russia.|
|Sweden travel here with an experienced squad, who average 30.24 international caps. Will their cool heads prevail, or will the up and coming Russians win on the day (13.52 caps on average)?|
|Players to watch: Artem Dzyuba has 15 goals in 29 caps, and scored in Russia’s UNL opener. Sweden’s Viktor Claessonalso got a goal in his nation’s first match – he plays in Russia and is hunting his fifth international goal.|
|Stat attack: Both teams have scored in seven of Russia’s last ten games.|
|Sweden have not been shown more than two yellow cards in any of their last ten matches – the total average yellow card count from those games is just 2.3.|
|Of the goals scored in Sweden’s last ten games, 78% have come in the second-half.|
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