Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Sweden will be aiming to make amends for the unsuccessful qualifying campaign when they take on Azerbaijan in their penultimate group game. The Swedes failed to qualify for yet another big tournament and, no doubt, boss Jan Andersson should use the November matches to test as many players as possible. As Newcastle United ace Alexander Isak remains on the sidelines with injury, in-form Sporting CP striker Viktor Gyokeres is widely expected to lead the line for the visiting team.
The hosts, on the other hand, missed out on a spot at the next year’s European Championship finals as well. Azerbaijan aim to recover from a 1-0 loss to Austria, but given the number of talented players in Jan Andersson’s squad, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors this time out. Ramil Sheydayev is one yellow card away from suspension, while Dinamo Zagreb forward Mahir Emreli should be recalled to the starting XI.
Highlighted Team (Sweden):
Sweden are the most successful Nordic side on international stage having been present at major competitions since 1934. Blagult missed out on the 1952 World Cup trophy on home soil as they were beaten by star-studded Brazil side, while they finished in third place at the 1950 and 1994 tournaments, and finishing fourth on their second appearance in 1938.
As far as their European Championship record is concerned, Sweden also achieved their best result in front of home fans, reaching the last four in 1992, and they have since reached the quarter-finals at Euro 1994 in Portugal.
Anders Svensson and Thomas Ravelli are team’s most capped players with over 140 appearances each, but it is strikers Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic that will go down as the most famous Swedish footballers in history. The later also leads the goalscoring charts with over 60 strikes for the national team and he is widely regarded as one of the most colourful characters, not only in Scandinavia, but in world football.