Sweden VS Georgia, home side has enough quality to get over the line

Match Time:3/26/2021 03:45 Friday  (GMT+8)

FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) --  Sweden   VS   Georgia

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Sweden begin their World Cup qualifying campaign with a home fixture against Georgia, aware that every result will count in a five-nation group involving Spain.


Meanwhile, Georgia head into this contest on the back of a five-match winless streak, a period which includes their defeat to North Macedonia in the Euro 2020 playoffs.


Match preview

The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dominated the headlines in Swedish football, the nation's greatest player ending a near five-year absence on the international stage.


However, while the presence of the 39-year-old could prove to be beneficial in the short term, Janne Andersson cannot allow the veteran's inclusion to derail his team's progress during 2021.


On the back of two wins from eight matches since September, there is an argument that Ibrahimovic's recall was necessary, especially ahead of Euro 2020.


Nevertheless, fixtures against Georgia and Kosovo should restrict the AC Milan star to the substitutes' bench, allowing Alexander Isak to learn his trade with their country.


At a time when Sweden conceded 16 goals in eight matches before the end of 2020, Georgia went through the same period without conceding more than two goals in a game.


Despite facing lower-quality opposition, newly-appointed boss Willy Sagnol has something to build on in his opening fixtures in charge.


Securing the services of the former Bayern Munich defender is a significant coup for Georgian football, fresh off going within 90 minutes of reaching Euro 2020 via the playoff route.


Although Georgia have not defeated high-profile opposition since their friendly win over Spain in 2016, they have held Denmark, Republic of Ireland and North Macedonia to draws in the last 19 months.



Sweden form (all competitions):WLLLWL

Georgia form (all competitions):WDDLLD


Team News

Isak and Marcus Berg could get the nod for Sweden, resulting in Ibrahimovic taking a spot among the replacements.


Filip Helander and Albin Ekdal may earn recalls in defence and midfield respectively, while Dejan Kulusevski could switch to a role on the flank.


Jesper Karlsson is expected to remain on the substitutes' bench despite his excellent form for AZ Alkmaar.


Georgia will be forced into several changes with attacking trio Zuriko Davitashvili, Valeri Qazaishvili and Nika Kacharava all missing out on a place in the squad.


Levan Shengelia, Tornike Okriashvili and Giorgi Kvilitaia are in line to earn opportunities in the starting lineup.


Sweden possible starting lineup:

Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Helander, Bengtsson; Kulusevski, Ekdal, Olsson, Forsberg; Isak, Berg


Georgia possible starting lineup:

Loria; Kakabadze, Khocholava, Kashia, Tabidze; Kvekveskiri, Kankava; Shengelia, Okriashvili, Lobzhanidze; Kvilitaia


Sweden 2-0 Georgia


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