Our football match prediction:
Stadion Kaliningrad will host Thursday’s football game between Russia and Sweden, who face each other in the UEFA Nations League group stages. Russia impressed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals and they continue with thrilling performances. Following a 2-1 win over Turkey in their Nations League opener Stanislav Cherchesov’s men outclassed Czech Republic in a friendly and they must be high on confidence ahead of the visit of Sweden. The Swedes were producing fine showings at the showpiece tournament in Russia as well, but they have been struggling to find their best form ever since. Considering that the Russians are a real force to be reckoned, we predict that Stanislav Cherchesov’s troops are going to extend their winning run to three games. A man to watch in the home team will be Denis Cheryshev, who was unstoppable at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
Highlighted Player (Artem Dzyuba):
Over the years Artem Dzyuba has established himself as one of the best players in the Russian Premier League. The 196-cm-tall attacker began his senior career at Spartak Moscow and after ending his loan spells with Tom Tomsk and Rostov, he moved to Zenit St. Petersburg in 2015. Artem Dzyuba scored 15 goals for the Zenitchiki in the 2015/2016 Russian Premier League campaign, while providing nine assists for his teammates. The Russian forward was not as successful in the 2016/2017 season as he scored 13 goals in 26 appearances for Roberto Mancini’s troops, while having six assists. Dzyuba made his debut for the Russia national football team in November 2011 in a friendly game against Greece, but he did not represent Russia at the Euro 2012 finals. The Zenit striker scored his first goal for the Russian national team on September 8, 2014 in a 4-0 win over Liechtenstein. Artem Dzyuba was born in Moscow (Soviet Union) on August 22, 1988 and he is a product of Spartak Moscow football school.
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.