Our prediction for this match:
Sweden and Slovakia face each other for the first time in a friendly game since 2013 when they played out a goalless draw. The Swedes were producing fine performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals and they want to continue with good displays in the UEFA Nations League. Sweden coach Jan Andersson is likely to use the Slovakia friendly to test as many players as possible for the November UNL games, but, one thing is for sure, the hosts are likely to stick to their defensive style of play. The Slovaks, on the other hand, look solid at the back as well and we predict that under 2.5 goals will be scored in Tuesday’s football match at Friends Arena. A close encounter is on the cards and, taking everything into account, we believe that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Solna.
Highlighted Player (Marcus Rohden):
Marcus Rohden is a Sweden international who plays for Serie A side Crotone as a midfielder. Rohden started his football career at the youth team of Hossna IF and in 2007 he moved to IF Elfsborg. The Swede continued playing for the team at senior level and he scored 23 goals in 120 appearances in the league for Di Gule.
Marcus Rohden moved to Italy in 2016, signing a deal with Crotone and it has to be noted that he scored one goal, while providing four assists for his teammates in 34 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign.
He made his debut for the Swedish national football team on January 15, 2015 in a 2-0 win over Ivory Coast and he scored on his debut. He was born in Varnamo (Sweden) on May 11, 1991 and his main position is defensive midfield. Marcus Rohden can play as both central midfielder and right midfielder as well if needed.
Highlighted Team (Slovakia):
Slovakia only appeared on the international stage in 1993 as Czechoslovakia fell apart, and the new national team have yet to record a result worth mention. Repre have only qualified for two major tournaments so far, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2016, but the current generation definitely seem capable of improving the team’s profile in years to come.
Slovakia currently have quite a few players plying their trade in some of Europe’s top sides, with Marek Hamsik, Martin Skrtel and Juraj Kucka clearly the leaders of the national team at the moment, but they do struggle in some areas and are not exactly world beaters just yet. Under Vladimir Weiss and Jan Kozak, Slovakia have become a tough not to crack, relying on rock-solid back line and swift counter-attacks, and they even gave Spain a tough time during the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Miroslav Karhan and Robert Vittek are the most capped player and top goalscorer respectively, with Robert Vittek another player worth the mention.