Our football match prediction:
Euro 2016 finalists France did not kick off their World Cup qualifying campaign in style, with the team dropping two points in a goalless draw with Belarus in their opener. However, les Tricolores came from behind to beat Bulgaria in their second group game and they head into Friday’s football match against Sweden following a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Netherlands. France are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they will certainly give 100% to cement top position in their qualifying group with a victory over Sweden. A man to watch in the home team will be Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann, who has been in a fine form this season. Paul Pogba is capable of posing a big threat for the opposition defenders as well and seeing that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no longer part of the Swedish national team, we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in the Stade de France showdown.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain. This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot. Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
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.