Sweden – Chile (International Friendlies)
Sweden and Chile are in action on Saturday at the Friends Arena in a friendly match. The Swedes managed to make it to the 2018 World Cup and are already preparing for the competition that starts in June, having already three more challenges scheduled after this clash against the South Americans. Chile have failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and this will be their first confrontation since the start of 2018.
Sweden made a good campaign through the qualifying rounds of the 2018 World Cup and ended the group stages in 2nd place of Group A, behind France, advancing to the qualifying play-offs where they eliminated Italy. The Swedes will be part of Group F in the World Cup in Russia, along with Germany, Mexico and South Korea. The Blue-Yellow have already played two friendly matches this year, they tied 1-1 against Estonia and won 1-0 against Demnark, and in order to be as much prepared as possible for the World Cup 2018, they already have scheduled matches against Romania, Denmark and Peru after this challenge against the Chileans.
There are some well-known names in the Swedish national team, such as goalkeeper Nordfeldt, defenders Lindelof, Granqvist and Helander, the experienced Sebastian Larsson and the talented Emil Forsberg in midfield, and John Guidetti in the front line. The Blue-Yellow are unbeaten their previous four consecutive matches, scoring 3 goals and conceding only 1. The Swedes are very well organized defensively, and have good quality in the attack, having very talented players that can make the difference.
Probable Lineup: Rinne – Larsson, Granqvist, Lindelof and Olsson – Svensson, Larsson, Forsberg and Hiljemark – Guidetti and Toivonen.
Chile, on their turn, arrive here after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, with this game being their first match since 2018. Chile have good names on their squad, like the well-known defenders Mauricio Isla and Gary Medel, midfielders Arturo Vidal, Charles Aránguiz and Pablo Hernández, and the talented forward Alexis Sánchez.
Chile are not at their best at the moment, they have not played a single match since October and have lost 4 of their last 5 matches. The new coach, Reinaldo Rueda, will try to take full advantage of these friendly matches to test all the options that he has at his disposal. Typical of South Americans, the Chileans are always aggressive and never give up.
Probable Lineup: Herrera – Isla, Jara, Medel and Beausejour – Vidal, Aránguiz and Hernández – Martín Rodríguez – Sánchez and Vargas.
The only direct confrontation between both teams ended in a tie.
Both teams have important players that play in some of the major european leagues. This should be a balanced match, but Sweden should be able to avoid defeat here, taking advantage of Chile’s bad moment and they might take things a little more seriously, since they need to prepare for the 2018 World Cup.