Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Friends Arena will host Thursday’s World Cup qualifier between Sweden and Georgia. The Swedes were struggling in the UEFA Nations League, with the team collecting only three points in total from possible 18. However, the return of veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic has surely given Sweden a boost ahead of upcoming qualifying matches, and, as a result, the hosts are seen as hot favourites to beat Georgia at Friends Arena.
Yet another man to watch in the home team will be Leipzig attacker Emil Forsberg, who was deployed up front as a lone forward in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld. Considering that the Georgians are not regarded as good travellers, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home team. In their last home game Sweden defeated Croatia 2-1, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on Jan Andersson’s troops.
Highlighted Player (Pontus Jansson):
Sweden international defender Pontus Jansson started his career at a local club Arlovs Bl before moving to Swedish giants Malmo in 2006. Three years later the talented centre-back was given his first-team debut, off the back of a highly successful season which saw his pick up a prestigious Academy Player of the Year award.
During his five-year stay with Malmo Jansson went on to play 98 league matches, score 6 goals and impose himself as a commanding presence for his club. A ball-playing central defender who likes to keep things clean and simple, Jansson boasts impressive composure and never backs under pressure. The Swedish defender was plucked by the Serie A side Torino in 2014 where he failed to make his big international break.
Three years into his stay in Italy – and a season-long loan at Leeds United after – Pontus Jansson moved to Elland Road on permanent basis. His work-rate, great positioning and impressive physicall ability made him one of the hottest properties in the summer of 2018 with Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and other Premier League sides expressing interest in high services, but Jansson opted to remain at Leeds and work under Marcelo Bielsa.
Highlighted Team (Georgia):
Georgia are yet another former Soviet republic who have been competing as an independent country since 1990. The Georgians had their international debut on May 27, 1990, with the team sharing the spoils with Lithuania in Tbilisi.
Georgia have been struggling in the qualifiers for both FIFA World Cup and the European Championship ever since they played their first qualifying game and they have yet to book their place at the finals of the major tournaments. The Georgian national football team recorded their biggest win on March 30, 1997, with the team hammering Armenia in front of home fans, but they were demolished by Denmark (1-6) eight years later and that is considered the team’s biggest loss.
The Likes of Kakha Kaladze and Shota Arveladze are considered Georgia’s most famous players. Kakha Kaladze played for Georgia from 1996 to 2011, scoring one goal in 83 appearances for the national team. The left-footed defender won two Champions League titles with Serie A giants AC Milan (2003, 2007).