World Cup Qualifiers: France and Sweden Fight For Group A LeadershipPublished November 11, 2016 by Florin P
France and Sweden are the only undefeated teams in Group A, but things are likely to change after highly anticipated clash at Stade de France. (7:45 p.m UK Time).
France missed out on a great opportunity to win an important trophy in 2016. The memory of the Final lost at home is still very much alive in the minds of their fans. Returning to Stade de France for yet another meaningful game is going to reignite their enthusiasm and passion. The home side is tied for the lead with Sweden and will try to put some distance between them by winning in Paris.
Ibrahimovic is Back in the Spotlight
The Swedish superstar is now playing for Manchester United and so far his performance is a far cry from meeting the expectations. He has scored a couple of important goals, but could do much better both for his club and national team. Defeating France at home would be an important milestone for Sweden and a result of tremendous importance in the qualification race.
Over the last couple of years, Sweden has learned to rely less on Ibrahimovic and promote other strikers. Offensive midfielders were particularly successful during the first three games of these qualifiers. They will support the star striker, but can cause a lot of damage by themselves.
A Draw is Not Enough for France
A quick glance at the standings might induce the idea that both teams will gladly settle for a draw. With eight points after three games, the status quo will be maintained and they will stay ahead of the Netherlands. The Mechanical Orange however is desperate to win the group and shut the critics up, after suffering a complete meltdown in the previous campaign.
Punters might be tempted to bet on France to win this fixture, but the odds are dismal. bet365 Sports has a better option for those who are willing to bet on the total number of goals scored. More than 2.5 goals is an outcome priced at 4/5 and this game can easily turn into a goal scoring festival.