Date: September 3, 2021
Time: 12:15 AM (IST)
Venue: Friends Arena, Sweden
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Sweden and Spain will return to international action on Thursday when they face off each other in the World Cup qualifiers. Both the countries had a great start to the qualification tournament and also had relatively good shows at Euro 2020 earlier in the year. However, this will be a fresh beginning after the break and teams would look to push off any past baggage and play for nothing but a win. All eyes will be on the European heavyweights on Thursday.
Sweden will be without centre-back Marcus Danielson. This is because he will have to serve a compulsory suspension after he received a red card in the Euro 2020 defeat to Ukraine. Filip Helander is likely to take his place.
As far as Spain is concerned, they will be without the services of Pedri. Pau Torres, Mikel Oyarzabal and Dani Olmo have all been rested along with Thiago Alcantara, Diego Llorente and Fabian Ruiz. Ferran Torres might well be handed a start in this game.
Sweden are not going to be mere pushovers when the two teams meet on Thursday evening. Moreover, while the home team has been impressive in their recent outings, that has coincided with Spain's weakened squad which implies this could well be good opportunity for the hosts to register a win against La Roja. However, even Spain will know the importance of this match and will bring out their A game which means this could be headed towards a draw which will not be a bad result for either teams at this stage as both sides want to hold on to the top spots in the qualifying group.
Probable Playing XI:
Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Helander, Augustinsson; Larsson, Olsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Isak, Kulusevski
Sanchez; Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Gaya; Busquets, Koke, Rodri; Torres, Morata, Moreno
Goalkeeper: Olsen, Sanchez
Defenders: Laporte, Gaya, Lindelof, Augustinsson
Midfielders: Busquets, Koke, Forsberg, Ekdal
Forwards: Morata, Moreno, Kulusevski, Isak
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