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Prediction: Sweden vs Albania

Jamie Jones in Free Soccer Predictions 20 Mar 2024

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Prediction: Match to end in 1-1 draw

Best Odds: 8/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

Sweden and Albania will lock horns with each other in a friendly international match next week. The game between Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side and Sylvinho’s team will be held at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden and is scheduled to kick off at 6 pm UK time next Monday.

Sweden

Sweden are a big team and have some brilliant players, but they could not book their place at the Euro 2024 finals. Sweden ended up as low as third in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Group F table at the moment with 10 points from eight matches. They ended up as many as nine points behind second-placed Austria.

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side will take on Portugal away from home at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães, Portugal on Thursday before facing Albania next week. They beat Estonia in a friendly match in January which came after a 2-0 victory over the same team in Solna in a UEFA Euro 2024 qualifier in November 2023.

Sweden will now be planning for what happens after the Euro 2024 finals. They will play in the UEFA Nations League from September and will hope to be successful in that competition.

Team News:

Robin Olsen, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Victor Lindelof, Emil Krafth, Alexander Isak, Dejan Kulusevski and Anthony Elanga all are part of the squad.

Albania

Albania are a modest national team in Europe and do not have too many brilliant or world-class players. But, much against the odds, they qualified for the Euro 2024 finals. Albania finished at the top of UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Group E with 15 points from eight matches, level on points with the Czech Republic and four points ahead of Poland in third.

Sylvinho’s side will take on Chile at Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma, Italy on Friday before facing Sweden in Solna next Monday. Their last match was against the Faroe Islands I Italy in a Euro 2024 qualifier and ended in a goalless draw. It followed a 1-1 draw with Moldova away from home in another Euro 2024 qualifier. 

Albania have been drawn with Spain, Croatia and Italy in UEFA Euro 2024 Group B. They will be keen on using the international break to warm up for the major event in the summer.

Team News:

Thomas Strakosha, Elhan Kastrati, Enea Mihaj, Qazim Laci, Mario Milaj, Armando Broja and Ernest Muci are part of the squad.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Sweden have scored eight goals in their last five matches.
  • Sweden have won three of their last five matches.
  • Sweden have conceded eight goals in their last five matches.
  • Albania scored 12 goals in eight UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Group E matches.
  • Albania conceded just four goals in eight UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Group E matches.

Conclusion

Sweden are a better team than Albania and are also at home. However, Albian have qualified for the Euro 2024 finals, and that shows the spirit in the squad and how good they have been in recent months. A draw is the most likely outcome.

Prediction: Match to end in 1-1 draw

Best Odds: 8/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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