Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Sweden and Spain, the two teams who met at the EURO 2020 finals, face each other at Friends Arena in the 2022 World Cup qualifier on Thursday evening. The Swedes aim to keep their 100% record in Group B intact, but they will have a big fish to fry in the midweek qualifier. Experienced attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sidelined with injury, but Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
La Roja, on the other hand, aim to retain top position in Group B. Real Madrid players Nacho, Carvajal, Isco, and Asensio have been left out of the squad once again, while Albiol, Soler, and Ruiz surprisingly made the cut. One of the men to watch in the away team will be in-form Man City attacker Ferran Torres. Anyhow, Spain are more of a team than Sweden, and we predict that Luis Enrique’s troops are going to pick up all three points from the match.
Highlighted Player (Karl-Johan Johnsson):
Born in Ranneslov (Sweden) on January 28, 1990 Karl-Johan Johansson started his youth career at his home-town club Ranneslovs GIF. In 2005 he joined Halmstadts and four years later he made his first-team debut for HBK. The 187-cm-tall goalkeeper made 67 appearances in the league for Halmstads and in 2013 he signed for NEC as a free agent.
Karl-Johan Johnsson played 30 games for the Dutch club during the 2013/2014 Eredivisie campaign and in the summer of 2014 he moved to Randers. The Swedish shoot-stopper spent two seasons at Randers and in 2016 he moved to French club Guingamp. It has to be noted that he managed to keep nine clean sheets in 37 appearances for Guingamp in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign.
His contract with the club expires on June 30, 2020. Speaking of his international career, Karl-Johan Johnsson has 17 caps for Sweden U21 and he made his senior debut in 2012 against Qatar.
Highlighted Team (Spain):
Historically, Spain have been regarded as one of top sides on international stage, but they often struggled to live up to the billing. After reaching the semi-finals at the 1950 World Cup, La Furia Roja won the European Championship trophy on home soil in 1964, but little did they know that it would remain their only trophy for another 44 years.
Following some disappointing showings, Spain finally returned to the biggest stage under Vicente Del Bosque, winning three straight trophies between 2008 and 2012, before crashing out in the group stage at the 2014 World Cup. La Furia Roja enjoyed plenty of success with their tiki-taka style of play, originally designed by Barcelona, with Vicente Del Bosque’s side packed with technically skilled players such as Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and David Silva.
Strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa also had a major role to play in those successes, but when it comes to their famous predecessors, the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Michel, Emilio Butrageno, Raul Gonzalez, Fernando Morientes and Fernando Hierro should not be forgotten.