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Sweden vs Russia Predictions

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Sweden started November bottom of their Nations League group, with just a point to their name. However, they were able to get themselves out of danger with their first game this month. Can they climb into first place at the final hurdle on Tuesday night? These two wrap up their campaign in Group B2 in this decisive finale, with each side hoping to secure first place, and grab promotion to the top tier. Who will make it out of Tuesday’s clash in Solna with first place in the group wrapped up?

This was always going to be a tough group, with two of the World Cup quarter-finalists in the three-team pool. That proved too difficult for Turkey, who have been sent down to the third tier after a 1-0 loss at home to the Swedes on Saturday. That loss has changed the dynamics of this group, with the hosts aiming to now leap into first place after that revival. They didn’t have the best start in their campaign, but they’re pushing to join the top tier of sides in Europe, and they could be passing the Germans on the way, after causing them problems in Russia.

The World Cup hosts were impressive in their run to the last eight, and are looking to build on that in this encounter. The visitors have lost just once since their elimination on penalties in the summer. That defeat came on Thursday, as they were beaten 3-0 away in Germany. That loss was humbling, but the gap between fixtures is potentially huge for the visitors. They’ve had more than enough time to prepare, and they head into Tuesday’s showdown likely boasting a fresher squad.

Sweden’s win over Turkey was such a surprise, given how they’ve struggled in their games since the World Cup. They have won once in their last six since their narrow win over Switzerland in Russia. That includes a 0-0 draw in their last meeting with the Russians, while they stared September with defeats at Austria and at home to Turkey.

Russia were able to win home and away to Turkey, while they put five goals past the Czech Republic. While the home side need a win to move into first, avoiding defeat does the trick for Russia. With that in mind, we’re backing Russia on the Double Chance market here. Having lost just one of their last seven internationals, we expect them to avoid defeat at the struggling Swedes.

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