With both Sweden and Norway battling it out for the final qualifying spot in Group F, there is no surprise that both Blågult and Løvene will see Sunday’s contest in Solna as a must-win contest.
Both trailing runaway league leaders and European giants Spain in the race to secure a spot at next year’s European championships, Sunday’s matchup between the two neighbours could prove to be a lively encounter.
Playing out a six-goal thriller when the two sides met back in March and sharing the spoils in a dramatic 3-3 draw, both Sweden and Norway are coming off the back of victories earlier in the week.
With Sweden putting four past the Faroe Islands and Norway picking up a 2-0 win over Malta, each of the two sides have lost just one of their opening five Group F contests, with those defeats coming against Spain.
You will also be interested to know that the last three meetings between the two nations have ended in a draw and a fourth consecutive stalemate between the two sides can be found at 12/5 with William Hill.
Alexander Isak – Sweden’s new saviour?
While many had already expected Sweden to do their job and pick up a routine victory away at the Faroe Islands on Thursday, Janne Andersson’s side once again caught the eye.
Reaching the knockout stage out in Russia 15 months ago, the Yellows bagged four goals on their travels earlier in the week and Blågult appear to have found a blossoming replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Although Robin Quaison may have once again found the net on the road, fans around Solna will be most impressed by the immediate impact of 19-year-old sensation Alexander Isak.
Making the move to Real Sociedad over the summer, the Swedish starlet bagged a brace away at the Faroe Islands on Thursday and has three in his last three Group A appearances.
Expected to spearhead Andersson’s attack this weekend, Isak is pencilled in at 2/1 with Bet365 to extend his goalscoring run in Solna.
Nothing less than a win for Norway
After calling on his side to keep their qualification hopes alive prior to their 2-0 victory over Malta on Thursday, Head Coach Lars Lagerbäck is calling on a similar performance this weekend.
Now sat two points adrift of Sweden and that lucrative second spot in Group F, the Lions have now recorded back-to-back wins and it is worth noting that they are unbeaten in their last four outings since their opening 2-1 defeat against Spain.
Sadly for Norway, while they might still sit within touching distance of booking a major tournament return, Løvene still remain an overwhelming underdog to secure a route out of Group F.
Sunday’s guests can be found at 4/1 with Bet365 to secure a top-two finish come November, with their bitter rivals currently priced at 4/9.
If Norway are to secure their first victory away on Swedish soil since 2005, they will be hoping for Bournemouth striker Josh King to lead their efforts.
Finding the net against Malta on Thursday, the former Manchester United starlet can be found at 12/5 with Bet365 to make it two in two.