19:45 GMT 13 November 2017
The Italy vs. Sweden match will be played on Monday, November 13, at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, Milano. This is the World Cup qualification Europe playoff game. In the first leg played in Sweden, the host celebrated a 1:0 victory.
These teams met 24 times before the Monday match. Italy recorded 11 victories, Sweden had seven wins, while six games ended in a draw. In eight out of their last ten games, we saw under 2.5 goals.
Head to head matches: Italy - Sweden
Italy went to Sweden with a plan to defend 0:0, like many times before. However, this time the plan failed, and Jakob Johansson scored the only goal in the match, which gave Sweden a significant advantage before the rematch in Italy. Of course, this is not over by all means, but when we look at Italy's form from the recent period, they will undoubtedly have a problem to eliminate Sweden. It was June when they scored over one goal in the match for the last time, and that was the game against Liechtenstein. Apart from Spain, which won the group comfortably, Italy didn't have a dangerous opponent, so that is another problem before the deciding match against Sweden. They can rely on tradition though - Italy missed only two World Cups so far, the first in 1930 when they didn't want to compete, and in 1958 when they failed to qualify.
Latest matches: Italy
Sweden had a tough group, but they finished in front of the Netherlands and qualified for the playoff stage. After 1:0 victory at home they will defend as much as they can in the second leg. Their self-confidence is high, and Sweden is very near to eliminate one of the most successful national teams in the world.
Latest matches: Sweden
Italy will have a difficult time in the rematch. We don't expect many goals, and it won't be surprising if we see an overtime.
13 November 2017 - 19:45 GMT
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