The central match of the upcoming Monday will be an encounter between the national teams of Italy and Sweden. The match is the second encounter of the 2018 World Cup qualification play-off. The first match of the confrontation, which was held on 10th November at the Swedish side’s field, brought the Blue-Yellows a minimal victory 1:0. Now for the Italians to advance to the final part of the world forum a victory is required over the Swedes and it should be confident, via -1.5 handicap.
The Italy national team had a decent game in Stockholm, but it was clear, that Scuadra Azzurra wouldn’t mind having a draw. Ventura set quite a predictable squad, got back to the 3-5-2 scheme, where the defenders were a well-coordinated trio Chiellini-Bonucci-Barzagli. Everything was going as planned by the Italian allenatore until the 62nd minute, but Johansson with the assist of Toivonen, scored a goal, which brought their team a victory. Now the Italian team’s managing staff will have to think about how to defeat the Sweden national team in Milan.
The Swedish team is great. After a strong French national team, they managed to defeat the Italians at their home ground as well, but the away game is ahead and as it is known, the Blue-Yellows play noticeably worse away, than within their native walls. At least within the WC qualification, the Blue-Yellows lost three out of five encounters.
If the Italy national team will not advance to the final part of the world cup, this will be a great disappointment, although the Swedes also perform very decently. In any case, everything is in Scuadra Azzurra’s hands and the side plays great at their home ground.
Prediction for the match: Italy to win