June 1, 2022 Sports Betting
Sweden takes on Slovenia in their first UEFA Nations League match, hoping to rebound from the disappointment of missing out on a spot in the World Cup.
Slovenia is in the similar boat, despite missing out on a playoff berth and not having played competitively since November.
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Sweden was on track to qualify for the World Cup automatically ahead of Spain in November, which would have been one of their most significant achievements in recent years.
Sweden qualified for the playoffs after losses to Georgia and Spain, however they were defeated in the final by Poland.
Janne Andersson is still in command of the squad, which is understandable given that he has 12 wins in his past 18 games, but the long-serving coach needs to find a method to revitalize their style.
Nonetheless, in a group that also includes Norway and Serbia, Sweden will have to be at their best to stay competitive, and a crop of players that includes some new faces could be just what they need.
Sweden enters this match having failed to score in normal time in their previous four matches, with their single goal coming in extra time against Czech Republic.
Slovenia may be the group’s minnows, but Matjaz Kek may not mind as his team strives to make the next step on the world scene.
Slovenia has always been able to produce the odd impressive result in isolation, such as when they defeated Croatia last year, but they have done so far too often.
A series of matches against their future opponents might be just what they need, with a home victory over Sweden providing the launch they need to become surprise promotion contenders in Division A.
They are currently unbeaten in four games, albeit that record includes draws with Slovakia and Qatar.
This has all the makings of a difficult match, especially because Slovenia holds home advantage. Sweden, on the other hand, has to start their second cycle with a win in a difficult group, so we forecast a close victory for the visitors.