Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Following a 3-0 loss to Belgium in their Group F opener, Sweden will look to give fans some cheer when they take on Azerbaijan at Friends Arena. The Swedes experienced all sorts of problems at the back against Domenico Tedesco’s troops, but they are surely capable of beating Azerbaijan on home soil. Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is pushing for a start, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Azeri, on the other hand, failed to spoil Austria’s party at TGW Arena despite the fact that both David Alaba and Marko Arnautovic missed out for the hosts. Since Sweden are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the underdogs are capable of grabbing something from Monday’s clash. Trio Aliev – Alasgarov – Kryvotsiuk is pushing for a recall to the starting XI after they came off the bench in the defeat to Austria.
Highlighted Player (Zlatan Ibrahimovic):
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish footballer of Bosnian descent. Ibra was born in Malmo on 3 October, 1981 and, as a result, he decided to represent Sweden on the international stage. The 195-cm-tall attacker started his senior career at Malmo and in 2011 he moved to Ajax.
Ibrahimovic was producing outstanding performances for the Amsterdammers from 2001 to 2004 and, as a result, he was linked with a move with several European giants. In 2004 he signed a deal with Juventus for a fee of €16 million. Ibra scored 23 goals in 70 league games with the Bianconeri and he won two Serie A trophies with club (both revoked due to the Calciopoli scandal). He played for Inter and Milan in the past as well and he was part of Barcelona between 2009 and 2011.
In 2012 he moved to PSG and it has to be noted that he won for Ligue 1 trophies with les Parisiens. After scoring on his last game for PSG against Nantes, he joined Manchester United in the summer of 2016. Ibrahimovic represented Sweden at several major tournaments.
Highlighted Team (Azerbaijan):
Azerbaijan footballers were playing for Soviet Union national team from 1920 to 1991. In 1991 Azerbaijan gained its independence and they have been competing on the international stage ever since. The Azeri have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament, but they have been producing fine performances ever since Robert Prosinecki took over the reins.
On September 17, 1992 the Milli suffered a 6-3 loss to Georgia in their first international match and seven years later they recorded their biggest win, with the team beating Liechtenstein 4-0 in front of home fans in Baku. The Azerbaijan national football team wear blue shirts and blue shorts when playing at home ground, while the colour of their away kit is red.
Gurban Gurbanov is the most capped played (68) and the legendary attacker, who played for Azerbaijan from 1992 to 2005), scored 14 goals for the national team. It has to be noted that the former Soviet republic play their home matches at Baku Olympic Stadium, which was opened on March 6, 2015.