Sweden vs Slovakia – Friendlies.
Armed Forces Stadium, Abu Dhabi – 12 January 2017, 15:45.
Match Preview and Betting Tips.
Sweden and Slovakia will take on each other for the 5th time in history in a bit unusual period for European national teams to play friendly matches. The game will take place in the capital of United Arab Emirates at the Armed Forces Stadium and Slovakia will be looking to grab their first win over Sweden. Interestingly, Slovakian only managed to score a single goal in the previous four matches with the Scandinavians, the last one ending goalless in a friendly in March 2013.
Janne Andersson is facing a serious challenge to build on the team without the main star Zlatan Ibrahimovic who said goodbye to the national football. Sweden have an extremely difficult group in the WC Qualification with France and Netherlands as the main rivals for the top two spots. None of the first team players will feature the friendly with Slovakia as Andresson decided to give the opportunity to the players from Allsvenskan to show their qualities. Per Frock and Sebastian Andersson thus led the attacking line in a 1 – 2 defeat to Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday.
The story is quite similar with Slovakia on the other side. Jan Kozak is also mainly using the players from the domestic competition. The tam suffered a 1 – 3 loss to Uganda on Sunday, which was kind of expected since the African Cup of Nations will kick off in just a couple of days and Uganda will find their place in Gabon.
It’s hard to say which of the two teams is closer to the victory. We’ll stick with the Under 2.5 goals bet as the number one betting pick, set at 3/4 odds because we can’t see any of the two sides netting twice. You can try with the draw at the half time at 11/10 as an alternative betting option.