Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Sweden will be aiming to get their revenge on Turkey for a shocking 3-2 loss at Friends Arena when the two teams face each other in Konya on Saturday evening. A win over Turkey will see Sweden climb to second position in Group 2 and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Saturday’s football match. Mircea Lucescu’s men failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Russia in their last group game, but they are definitely capable of beating Sweden in front of home fans. Both sides are likely to go for a win in the Konya Buyuksehir Belediye Stadyumu clash, therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. When the two teams met in Solna earlier in the process Turkey came from two goals behind to beat Sweden 3-2 and yet another high-scoring affair is on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Nuri Sahin):
Born in Germany to Turkish parents, Nuri Sahin is a Turkish international midfielder, who hasn’t exactly managed to realise his full potential. The left-footed footballer remains one of the most impressive players to have graduated from the Borussia Dortmund youth academy, and he went on to become a first team regular at Westfalenstadion at the age of 17.
Following a thoroughly impressive loan stint with Feyenoord, Sahin returned to Dortmund, where he enjoyed two more very successful years before signing for Real Madrid. However, it was at that time that his career started taking the wrong turn as he was never able to rediscover his form, and he eventually returned to Borussia following a somewhat disappointing stint at Liverpool.
Sahin is no longer considered a first team regular for either club or country, but he has amassed around 50 appearances for the Turkey national team, and he still has time to get his career back on track.
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.