Neighboring European nations Sweden and Denmark will be battling out to reach next year’s European Championships in France by meeting in a two-legged playoff series. The first match takes place this Saturday, November 14 at the Friends Arena in Solna where Sweden will be hosting the Danes. The two teams will then meet in the second game in Copenhagen on Tuesday, November 17. The series will be a total aggregate affair with the away-goals rules in effect. If the series is tied after the second game the match will go to 30 minutes of extra time. If there’s still no winner it will then be decided by a penalty shootout.
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- bet365 lists Sweden as the favorite in this match at 5/4 with Denmark 12/5 and a draw at 11/5
Sweden vs Denmark – Head to Head
- Sweden has never beaten Denmark at home in a competitive match as of yet and will be gunning for their first victory on Saturday. These two Nordic nations have met each other 104 times in the past with Sweden winning 46, losing 40 and drawing the other 18. Sweden managed to defeat Denmark at Euro 92, but Denmark went on to win the tournament. They also met at Euro 2004 in Portugal and played to a 2-2 draw. Denmark beat Sweden 1-0 on the road in October of 2009 to reach the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and knock their neighbors out of contention. The last time these two sides met was in May of 2014 when Demark pulled off a 1-0 victory in Copenhagen. Sweden has met Denmark twice at home in qualifying games with a draw and a loss and were shut out in both matches.
Sweden finished in third place in Group G behind Austria and Russia with a record of five wins, three draws and a pair of looses. They scored 15 goals and allowed nine against. Denmark placed third in the five-team Group I behind Portugal and Albania with a mark of three victories, three draws and two defeats. They managed to score eight times while conceding five. Sweden were beaten just once in their five home qualifying contests while winning three and drawing the other. Demark didn’t dare woo well away from home with a win, two draws and a loss. They were also shut out in their last two road fixtures and are winless in their past three competitive outings with a loss and two draws and haven’t scored a goal.
This is the first European Championship playoff experience for Sweden. However, they did meet Brazil in a playoff to reach the 2014 World Cup, but were beaten on aggregate. Denmark had to enter the playoffs for Euro 2000 and hammered Israel 8-0 on aggregate over heir two encounters. Neither Sweden or Denmark will be missing any players in the first match due to suspensions. However, Sweden’s Pontus Wernbloom, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kim Kallstrom are one yellow card away from receiving a one-match ban. Denmark’s Lars Jacobsen, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, William Kvist and Simon Kjær are also in the same position.
Sweden has appeared in five previous Euro competitions with their best finish being in 1992 when they reached the final four. Denmark played in eight previous Euros and captured the event in 1992, ironically in Sweden. Martin Olsen, Sweden’s manager, has announced he’ll be stepping down after the playoff series with Denmark. He took over the team back in 2000. Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was tied for third place in group stage qualifying scoring this year with eight goals.
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By Ian Palmer