Sweden vs Denmark

In Football, World Cup 2010 on June 6, 2009 at 10:20

By Joe,

Zlanta Ibrahimovic Sweden

This must be one of the most eagerly anticipated match in Group 1 of the Fifa World Cup European Qualifying group. These two neighborly teams rivalry goes back in history and now they will settle matters again on the football pitch. After the match, both teams will have a clearer idea where they stand in their qualifying for South Africa 2010. The Danish squad travels to the capital of Sweden, Stockholm, for the preparation for the battle of Scandinavia.

Sweden has only played 4 games and have acquired 6 points. They are the favorites to go through to South Africa. However, with their current standing in the group, they will have to win the battle of Scandinavia in order to book their flight tickets to South Africa next year. Sweden’s Coach Lars Lagerback will have lots of frontal firepower to attack Denmark. He has Ibrahimovic, Henrik Larsson, Sebastian Larrson and Kim Kallstrom available. However, Sweden’s preparation for this match is dominated by the off field incidents, Zlanta Ibrahimovic’s transfer from his current club Inter to Barcelona. Although the pressure on Sweden to win this game, this might hinder them in focusing on the game. If Sweden does not put on a performance against Denmark then Sven G. Erikson would be the next ideal person to take over Sweden. Sweden needs to win and they will have to get it in Stockholm.

Denmark is currently leading the group 1 after playing 5 matches with 13 points already. This is one of the best campaigns in the Danish team’s history for a World Cup tournament. Their aim is to finish first in the group to qualify automatically in South Africa. They are in the driving seat and any defeat along the way could spell trouble for the World Cup dream. Coach Morten Olsen gave two surprising call up to Martin Bergvold, Livorno Calcio, and Anders Møller Christensen, OB. Major concerns are direct to Daniel Agger’s fitness as he is still suffering pain in his back. Coach Olson has drafted Michael Gravgaard from Hamburg SV as a replacement for Agger if he will not play on the day. Experience forward Jon Dahl Tomasson will definitely miss out as he has not recovered from his injury.

In the recent years Sweden has been the better team of the two. They have met in few occasions that has resulted disappointment for the Danish. The famous game of the few occasions was the abandoning the game due to a dramatic Danish fan running into the Parken stadium pitch. As a result, there will be heavy monitoring between the two sets of fans today and as for the football a draw would be a fair result, mybet as they are offering 3.25.

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