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In some qualification groups for the EURO 2020 there are two very hot contenders for the first two places, which are likely to bring the tickets to the finals. But there are also pools in which it should be much more exciting. Among other things, this is the case in group F. While the Spaniard’s first place is unlikely to be in doubt, it could be very close behind. The best prospects are probably the Swedes, who showed at the World Cup what this team with team spirit is capable of. The two challengers should probably be Norway and Romania.
On Saturday, the Romanians will be guests in Solna, the suburb of Stockholm. This encounter could already be a clue as to where the journey will go in this group. Malta and the Faroe Islands complete the field, but will probably not have a chance on the first two places. The guests certainly have the quality to surprise even in Scandinavia. Both teams competed at EURO 2016 in France, but were eliminated in the group stage, each without a win. With the European Championship, Sweden and Romanians have one more bill, but probably one of them will make it to the finals. Therefore, this opening game already has a special meaning. A defeat, for whatever team, would also be a bitter setback in this long qualifying, especially if the Swedes should lose. Especially at home you can not afford any loss of points against the direct competition. We will see how the Scandinavians will deal with this pressure situation. The kick-off for the European Championship qualifier between Sweden and Romania at the Friends Arena in Solna will take place on 23.03.2019 at 17:00.
The Swedes have a very experienced team. That was already the case last year at the World Cup in Russia, when the Scandinavians were able to reach the quarter-finals. Everywhere it was thought that there would be many resignations of experienced players after the World Cup. That was not the case. Only Ola Toivonen has ended his career in the national team. Therefore, the Swedish team is still the face of the World Cup and the successful Nations League, when they took first place in Division B and ascended to the Beletage. With these Swedes is therefore still to be expected and that may also be the reason why in the duel between Sweden and Romania, the odds speak for a home win. In the past six games, Janne Andersson’s side have suffered only one defeat in a friendly outside the FIFA fixtures calendar against neighbors Finland. This is likely to be a pattern of no value to the game against Romania.
But that also applies to the duel against Iceland in January, the last international match of Sweden to date. In the 2-2 came only players who have not found a place in the senior team, but have the chance to get in position for the squad of the European Championship qualifier.
Iceland took the lead early, but Viktor Gyokeres and Simon Thern turned the game. In injury time, the Icelanders came to a 2-2 equalizer. On Saturday, however, a very different team will be back on the pitch. It is a well-rehearsed team, which is so strong, especially through the team unity, as attacker and veteran Marcus Berg once again made clear. He is still set in the storm of Sweden, but receives after the resignation of Toivonen now but a new partner. It is interesting that John Guidetti was just as little nominated by Deportivo Alaves as Issac Kiese Thelin by Bayer Leverkusen. Otherwise, the Swedes but have everything on board, which has rank and name, which is why Sweden – Romania, the odds to win at home are quite low. Therefore, we do not expect surprises in the lineup.
Basically, the Romanians are doing very well. Cosmin Contra has brought this team back to life and yet the pressure in the home is enormous. Many club bosses talk to the national coach in the lineup and want their players to be used. Currently, it is not an easy task for the coach to keep a clear head. The Romanians should be happy that it is going well again. For a year or ten games, the Romanians are unbeaten. Also in the Nations League there was no defeat. However, due to three division of points, it was not enough to climb to Division B in the end. However, the last few games have shown that the Romanians are well on their way again and took a step in the development after the World Cup in Russia became clear was missed. The last successful games have also shown that in the game between Sweden and Romania, a forecast on a point win the score is not completely outlandish.
The Romanians completed their last international match last December as part of the Nations League. At that time you were a guest in Montenegro. The past has shown that you do not win there in passing. But Romania prevailed 1-0 thanks to George Tucudean. The self-confidence is great and you have now an actor in the ranks, reminiscent of the great past of the 90s. Ianis Hagi, son of superstar Gheorghe Hagi, has made the leap into the national team and is building up as a bearer of hope for the future. On Saturday in Sweden he might not be the first choice yet. Coach Cosmin Contra will have to do without numerous injured players. Christian Ganea, Vlad Chiriches, Gheorghe Grozav, Constantin Budescu, Mihai Pintilii, Eric Bicfalvi, George Tucudean and Florian Andone will all be unavailable. This is of course already a mortgage, which the Romanians will lug around at the beginning of the European Championship qualification.
Sweden vs Romania head to head matches
27.03.18 FI Romania Sweden 1 : 0
10.07.94 WC Romania Sweden 2 : 3 (1 : 1)
08.06.83 EUR Sweden Romania 0 : 1
07.09.82 EUR Romania Sweden 2 : 0