Preview - Sweden vs Peru 10 June 18

Started by Harry85, Jun 09, 2018, 03:27 AM

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International Friendly
Sweden vs Peru
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
02:15am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Ullevi

Sweden:
Last five matches form: D W L L D
Average goals per match: 2.25
Average goals against per match: 0.75
Top Scorer: Marcus Berg (18)

Peru:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.44
Top Scorer: Paolo Guerrero (34)

One of the more informative of this weekends' international friendlies takes place in Sweden as the hosts welcome Peru to the Ullevi. With both sides taking part in the World Cup Finals, this match may act as a useful barometer of how they will fare in Russia.

On recent evidence Sweden are going to need to up their game considerably if they are to escape a group containing Germany, Mexico and South Korea. The level of form shown in recent defeats to Chile and Romania won't be good enough in Russia. Whilst we perhaps shouldn't read too much into friendlies, they will surely be looking for a positive result here to avoid entering the tournament on a low.

Peru's World Cup warm could hardly have gone any better so far with four wins from four games. The fact that three of those wins came against teams  - in Croatia, Iceland and Saudi Arabia - who had also qualified for the Finals, must be particularly encouraging for boss Ricardo Gareca.

Goals seem to have become a problem for Sweden who have averaged just 0.5 per game over their past eight matches. Peru average 1.63 over this same period and have conceded just once in their past five games.

Peru can be an impressive team to watch when on the ball and seem to be hitting form at just the right time. If they have a weakness it is from crosses, which is an area strength for the Swedish side.

We expect goals in this one with Peru just taken to come out on top.


Prediction: Sweden 2 - 3 Peru

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots: 4 - 9
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 3
Possession: 46% - 54%

Referee Svein Moen reached for the notebook just the once in this friendly encounter, issuing the yellow card to Peru's Christian Ramos.

It was Sweden who started the brighter of the two sides, looking to exploit Peru's perceived aerial weakness with numerous crosses into the box. Ola Toivonen had the best of the early opportunities only to fire his effort wide of the near post when well placed.

As the half wore on Peru began to gain more of a foothold in the game. It remained an end to end encounter though and despite both keepers being forced into a smart stop, we remained goalless at the break.

Peru played some lovely stuff in the middle of the park in the second half, but despite getting into a number of promising positions were unable to find a way through the Swedish rear-guard once making it into the final third.

Toivonen was the man to come closest for the Swede's again in the second half, getting up well to beat his marker to a cross from the right-hand side but only able to plant his header wide from close range.

Sweden don't look like a side who are going to blow anyone away from open play. They are however an efficient outfit and a big side who look likely to cause problems from out wide, particularly against group opponents Mexico and South Korea.

Overall Peru will have taken the greater satisfaction from their performance here. They now head into their opening World Cup Group game with Denmark on a 15-game unbeaten streak and having kept seven clean sheets in their past nine games. If able to keep up that sort of defensive solidity they look to have every chance of making it through to the knockout stages.



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