Russia v Sweden Betting Tips September 5th 2015
Tip #1: Back Draw @ 3.10 with bet365.com
Tip #2: Back Draw and Under 2.5 @ 3.50 with bet365.com
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Russia v Sweden Betting Tips: Match Preview
The Russian Football Union were unable to pay former head coach Fabio Capello on time for much of the Italian’s reign. Ultimately, he was sacked in July, with the dismissal coming a month after losing 1-0 at home to Austria. That loss left the Russians eight points adrift of the Austrians, who currently hold first place in Group G.
In years gone by, Russia could usually be depended on for some quality performance in international football tournaments. Now, though, they struggle to play well in what is a group that they should qualify from. And although Fabio Capello is no longer the master tactician he once was, it will still be tough for Russia to move on quickly from their head coach of two years.
Leonid Slutsky is the man tasked with taking Russia forward. The 44-year-old has won two league titles and a couple of domestic trophies with CSKA Moscow, so he could work out well in the long-term, but the fact is that he needs to introduce fresh tactics against a Sweden team that is second in the group.
Russia should be concerned because they lack scoring capabilities, given that leading striker Aleksandr Kokorin has only mustered eight goals from 32 international appearances. Captain Roman Shirokov will need to roll back his 34 years if Russia are to win this game.
Sweden drew their first qualifier 1-1 against Austria before repeating that result against Russia in their next game. This time around, the Swedes have to secure three points against their Russian opponents. Anything less will be a failure.
Austria hold a four-point lead over second-place Sweden in Group G, and the sad thing for the Swedes is that the Austrians will play an extremely winnable home game against Moldova. Sweden could easily find themselves six points if they struggle to a draw versus Russia.
Sweden have scored with relative ease against the weaker teams in the Group, but there is a real risk that they are unable to score enough to win against the better teams like Austria and Russia. How Zlatan Ibrahimović plays will determine whether or not Sweden win games. The PSG striker has scored an impressive 56 goals in 105 international appearances.
A concern, though, is that attacking-midfielder Kim Källström is suspended for this game and will not be on the pitch to supply Ibrahimović. Sebastian Larsson is the best prospect behind Källström, but he is definitely not as effective as teammate.
This is exactly the type of qualifier that could end in a draw. Russia are lacking in talent and have a new manager, while Sweden are playing away in a game in which they are deprived from using their best playmaker.
A draw with under 2.5 goals looks to be an enticing prospect at 3.50 with bet365.