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Greece v Sweden (Sweden DC)
What a 2021 it has been for the Swedish National team who continue to go from strength to strength under the skilled management of Janne Andersson.
The Swedes have now won nine of their 11 fixtures since the beginning of 2021, their only loss being the extra-time defeat to Ukraine in the last 16 of Euro 2020.
Two wins from two in the current international break with their fantastic 2-1 win over Spain last week followed up by a 2-1 friendly win over Uzbekistan this weekend where Andersson named a second-string 11.
The victory over Spain now puts them in the driving seat in Group B and has put Sweden in a position where they could qualify for the 2022 World Cup before they even play reverse fixture against the Spanish in Seville.
Opponents Greece have endured a frustrating start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, failing to build on their shock draw in Spain on matchday one. Three draws from three sees them rank second-bottom in Group E with only group minnows Georgia currently ranked below them.
Greek boss John Van’t Schip would have been left reeling at the weekend and he saw his side concede a last minute equaliser to Kosovo which has really harmed their chances of qualification.
Andersson is fully expected to return to his usual starting XI tonight having used the Uzbekistan friendly on Sunday as an opportunity to hand his senior players a breather.
Swedish sources suggest that he will go back to the XI which performed so well against the Spanish with the likes of Viktor Lindelof, Emil Forsberg and Alex Isak all returning.
Isak is fast becoming one of the highest rated young strikers in Europe and his goal against Spain showed exactly why he is so highly thought of. Isak was just 17 when he made his senior debut for Sweden and he’s scored six goals in 17 caps for his country.
Sweden are flying high at the moment and quickly developing into a real force in European football. The Greeks won’t be a walkover by any means but struggle to win games and I feel Sweden double chance is a very safe bet in Athens tonight.
Northern Ireland v Switzerland (Swiss DC)
The other half of my final bet sees us head to Belfast where Northern Ireland host Switzerland in Group C. The Swiss will still be targeting top spot in Group C; victory will be enough to put them on the brink of guaranteeing at least a playoff spot.
Switzerland were impressive at the Euros this summer where they got the better of France before being knocked out on penalties by the Spanish. This form has continued with a win over Greece followed up by a 0-0 draw against the European champions on Sunday.
They remain unbeaten in Group C with 2 wins and a draw so far and a win tonight will ensure they remain in touching distance with current group leaders Italy with a couple of games in hand.
As for the hosts, well things have certainly improved for Northern Ireland of late but Ian Baraclough has insisted he isn’t getting carried away following their recent turn in form.
Recent victories over Estonia, Malta and Lithuania have certainly improved morale in the camp but these victories in reality were to be expected against sides ranked below them in the Fifa rankings.
Prior to that their form had been horrific with 6 losses from 8 and performances leaving a lot to be desired. There is no doubt they struggle against high-quality opposition as comprehensive defeats to Norway and Italy in the past year can signify.
There may be slight rotation from the Swiss to guard against fatigue following a hard fought draw against the Italians but it will still be a near full strength 11. Remo Freuler returns from suspension and is expected to come back into the side along with a couple of other changes to freshen things up.
Northern Ireland will have enjoyed their recent upturn in form but the poor quality of the opposition they faced just cannot be overlooked. With that in mind, I expect a high quality Swiss to battle their way to all three point or at the very least come away with a draw.