Our match prediction:
Swedish national team end their Euro 2016 campaign in disappointing fashion without a single win to their name and with only one goal scored in three group matches. It was a frustrating tournament for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. who are looking to kick off the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying on a positive note, with a win over European powerhouse Netherlands, which would be a major morale boost for the Janne Andersson’s men. Dutch team enjoyed their fair share of success at the global stage finishing runners-up in 2010 and winning a third place in 2014, but having missed out on the 2016 European Championship in finals after a disastrous qualifying campaign, the Oranje are determined to make their presence known right from the start. Only one defeat in last six matches speak in their favour and makes them slight favourites against Swedish, who will need to dig deep in order to find motivation after back-to-back defeats. Our prediction for the continental derby is that it is will be a highly contested match with both teams doing what it takes to remain unbeaten.
Highligted Player (Sneijder):
Wesley Sneijder is a Dutch footballer who started his senior career at Ajax. The product of Ajax’s youth academy made 126 league appearances for the Amsterdam Arena outfit and in 2007 he joined Real Madrid. After failing to impress with los Blancos, Sneijder signed a deal with Serie A side Inter on 27 August, 2009. He made his Inter debut a day after he signed a deal with the Nerazzurri. The Dutch midfielder, who has netted a number of goals from free kicks, won the 2009/2010 Serie A trophy with Inter and in 2010 he clinched the Champions League trophy with the Nerazzurri. After spending four years at Inter, he joined Galatasaray in 2013 and it has to be noted that he won his second Super Lig trophy with the Turkish outfit in the 2014/2015 season. Speaking of his international career, Sneijder participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final with Netherlands, but Spain proved to be a big catch for the Oranje in the title game.
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.