Norway host Sweden in an international friendly today and I’m backing the visitors to come out on top in this clash between two Scandinavian nations.
Sweden lost their talisman last summer when Zlatan Ibrahimovic opted to call time on his international career after Euro 2016, but it hasn’t made a huge difference as they have won six of their nine games since.
With Ola Toivonen and John Guidetti options in attack, they still have real strength going forward, supported by RB Leipzig star Emil Forsberg and Toivonen’s Toulouse team-mate Jimmy Durmaz in the wide areas.
The Swedes picked up an impressive 2-1 win over France in a 2018 World Cup qualifier last week and downed European champions Portugal in their previous friendly. The visitors should have too much strength for Norway, who have lost seven of their last 10 games.
The hosts did grab a credible draw at home against the Czech Republic in a qualifier over the weekend and they put in a strong display after conceding first. Prior to that stalemate, Norway had lost six of their previous seven, with a win over San Marino their only success since June last year.
Sweden also have a good record against their neighbours, having beaten Finland in a friendly last year and downing Denmark over two legs in a Euro 2016 play-off. They have only come up against Norway twice in the last 12 years, however, with one win for the Swedes and a draw in 2015.
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