Our match prediction:
Following a goalless draw with Slovenia, Sweden will be looking to put an end to their three-match winless run when they take on Wales in their final warm-up game before they kick off their Euro 2016 campaign. The Swedes failed to impress against Srecko Katanec’s troops, but it has to be noted that key attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was rested against the Zmajceki. The experienced attacker is likely to lead the line for Erik Hamren’s troops against Wales and we predict that the Nordic side will find the net in Sunday’s football match. The Dragons are on a three-game winless run as well and given that they are eager to grab something from their final warm-up game, there is every chance we will see a lively contest at Friends Arena. Taking everything into account, both teams are likely to find the net in Sunday’s friendly. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale.
Highligted Player (Allen):
Joe Allen is another high-quality footballer from the new generation of Wales internationals, who was part of the team that took Swansea from League One to the Premier League, and he had no problems adapting to arguably the strongest league championship in Europe. Allen operated as a deep-lying playmaker as the Swans impressed upon reaching the elite division, with his excellent passing skills persuading Liverpool to splash £15 million on his services. The central midfielder didn’t exactly manage to develop into an indispensable member of the side at Anfield, but he is considered an important squad player and has always performed well when called upon. Meanwhile, he has been one of the pillars of the most successful team in the Wales history together with Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, while even representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Allen started five games for the Dragons as they secured the first ever appearance at the European Championship finals.
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.