I expect an open and efficient match at Friends Arena in Solna. Sweden players are full of confidence after the last match against Germany.
As You probably know, Sweden was 4 goals down during the second half on that match. I am sure even the coach Erik Hamren believed the match is lost. And then the miracle happened – Sweden scored 4 goals and managed to stay unbeaten. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mikael Lustig, Johan Elmander and Rasmus Elm were the scorers on that match. The atmosphere in the squad is positive and I am expecting another good performance from the Swedish national team. It is important to be mentioned that the best player Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fresh. He missed the last matches for PSG due to suspension and I am sure he is hungry for goals. Ibrahimovic has some extra motives as he is just two goals shy of Swedish legend Henrik Larsson (39 goals) and third in the all-time top goalscorers list.
By the way, Sweden also played Over 2.5 in the match against Faroe Islands (12.10.2012) in the qualifications as they won 2:1 with goals scored by Alex Kacaniklic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
England coach Roy Hodgson has some problems in front of this match. However, he has the key player Steven Gerrard in line. The captain will make his 100th appearance for England and will become sixth player in ‘Club 100’. Anyway, England is known as team that play for victory, no matter home or away. I can’t imagine England to defend here. I expect an open approach from Hodgson players too.
The last mutual game between Sweden and England took place on the last European Championship in Poland and Ukraine this Summer (15.06.2012). It was an interesting and efficient match. England managed to win 3:2 on the end, with two late goals from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck. I am sure Swedish players will be looking for some kind of revenge now. That is why I am expecting at least three goals.