101 Great Goals prediction: Chile 2-0 SwedenChile to beat Sweden 2-0 is 10/1 with Paddy Power
As Chile failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup, their upcoming friendlies against Sweden and Denmark have added importance.
The Chilean national team are playing for pride during the international break whilst Sweden coach Janne Andersson will be looking to figure out his best XI for the World Cup.
Chile may not have qualified for Russia, but they have a spectacularly talented squad who are capable of beating most national sides.
Sweden vs Chile: Who will win?
The bookies have Chile as slight favourites at 13/10.
Sweden can be backed at 15/8.First goal scorer tip: Alexis Sanchez at 11/2 with Paddy Power.
One man who is in desperately in need of a five star performance is Alexis Sanchez.
The 29 year old left Arsenal in January to join Manchester United and has failed to hit the ground running. Alexis was even dropped from the United starting XI for their match against Brighton in the FA Cup last weekend.
Sanchez has scored just one goal since arriving at Old Trafford and a strong performance for his national side would surely take away some of the criticism that he is currently facing.
Sanchez will be up against his club team-mate Victor Lindelof.
RB Leipzig’s Swedish superstar Emil Forsberg has established himself as one of the best attacking players in Europe over the past season and a half.
Forsberg is a dangerous dribbler and a brilliant threat in the final third of the pitch. The 26 year old registered an astonishing 22 assists in the Bundesliga last term.
Chile have plenty of world renowned talent in their side. Alexis Sanchez, of course, is the man who often grabs the plaudits but Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal is just as important.
Vidal is just 2 caps away from a century for his country and he will almost certainly start against The Swedes. This comes after backtracking on his retirement after failing to qualify for the World Cup.Sweden to win and both teams to score: 6/1 with Ladbrokes
Who is missing?
Sweden are without their all time top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has barely featured for Manchester United this season.
Zlatan is likely to complete a move to the MLS in the coming days and it will be interesting to see whether he is selected for the Sweden squad for the World Cup.
Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo withdrew from the Chile squad after the national FA refused to appoint Bravo’s former goalkeeping coach in the national set up.Sweden to win both halves vs Chile is 10/1 with William Hill
Sweden likely line-up
Chile likely line-up
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