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22 Jun 2018 by Rob Esteva

2018 FIFA World Cup – Germany vs Sweden Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 23rd June, 19:00

Where? Fisht Olympic Stadium

What channel is it on? ITV1

Where can I stream the match? The match can be streamed online via ITV Player

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-f-germany-mexico-sweden-south-korea-tickets/ca5916

THE TEAM NEWS

GERMANY

  • There is big pressure on Germany to win here after being shocked in their opening match by Mexico as they lost 1-0 to the CONCACAF side and in fairness, their recent form leading up to the tournament has not exactly been great so they do need to raise their performance levels.
  • Low will consider one or two changes and that could mean selecting the more experienced Gomez up front leaving Werner on the bench as he struggled against Mexico, and Low could lean towards that change.
  • Hector should return from illness to come back in at left-back at the expense of Plattenhardt while Brandt could also come in out wide as this really is a game they have to win now.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Neuer

Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector

Khedira, Kroos

Muller, Ozil, Draxler

Werner

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Hector

SWEDEN

  • Sweden picked up a win in their opening match with Korea but now face a much sterner test in Germany who desperately need a win here so they will have to match their intensity levels.
  • Coach Janne Andersson should be able to count on Lindelof after illness and he may be tempted to bring him into the side for Pontus Jansson but other than that possible change, the rest of the starting line-up will remain the same as they look to cause an upset against Germany.
  • In many ways, this match and Germany suit the Swedes’ style as they will look to remain compact, and try to take advantage of set pieces and the counter attack.

Predicted line-up (4-4-2):

Olsen

Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson

Claessen, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg

Toivonen, Berg

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Lindelof

THE PREDICTION

Germany struggled badly against Mexico where they were deservedly beaten and their recent form is poor. They will throw everything at Sweden here, but they face a well-organised side who will be tough to break down. They may ultimately win but this will not be easy, and do not expect many goals. The intensity levels of this game will be extremely high, but much may depend on how early the first goal comes as to how they match plays out. An early one could see this match open up wildly, but the longer it stays goalless, the more that pattern of play of Germany’s attack versus Sweden’s defence will continue.

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