Sweden is through to the World Cup qualifying playoff final against Poland next week after the extra-time strike by Robin Quaison gave them a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in Solna on Thursday. Poland received a bye to the playoff final after would-be opponents Russia were suspended from all international competition. You can live-bet on the World Cup qualifiers by using our sportsbook.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Europe World Cup Qualifier odds for Poland vs Sweden. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Poland: Amazing Going Forward
Poland secured a second-place finish in Group I of the World Cup qualifiers after picking up 20 points from 10 games. Following the disqualification of Russia, which they were scheduled to face in the playoff semfinals, Czeslaw Michniewicz’s side was granted automatic qualification to the next round of the playoffs. Instead of playing Russia, they prepared for the finals with a friendly game against Scotland. There was a huge squad rotation with the most important players benched in the 1-1 draw.
They saw their six-game unbeaten run come to an end against Hungary in their most recent competitive outing, and will look to quickly bounce back. Poland has called up an experienced side for their friendly against the Tartan Army, including the attacking trio of Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, and Krzysztof Piatek.
Bayern Munich’s star striker Robert Lewandowski will likely get the chance to score more goals against Sweden as he looks to add to the 74 strikes that he has already netted for his country. Having only scraped into the playoffs, there is a perception that Poland is not in great shape, but they have still managed to score in their last 16 fixtures across all competitions.
Poland is at home and playing in front of a 54.000, sell-out crowd, but many of their countrymen don’t consider the White and Reds to be favorites. After a disappointing Euro 2020 in which they earned just one point in three games, conceding six goals in the process, Poland is not exactly the team we want to include in our soccer picks and parlays.
Sweden: Upper Hand on Poland
Janne Andersson’s side has made its way to the playoffs by finishing second in Group B, four points shy of leaders Spain. Sweden concluded the group stage with 15 points and now hopes to make it to their second straight World Cup. Robin Quaison’s extra-time winner took Sweden past the Czech Republic and into a World Cup play-off final with Poland. As expected, it was not a game with too many clear-cut chances, though Isak and Tottenham’s Dujan Kulusevski had efforts for Sweden in the first half.
The 40-year-old Ibrahimovic should be available for that match after serving his suspension, though he has been troubled by an Achilles’ tendon injury in recent weeks. Sweden has not suffered a home defeat since September 2020, and they extended that great form with another win against the Czech Republic but they are struggling badly on the road. They’ve lost their previous three World Cup qualifying games on the road against Spain, Georgia, and Greece failing to score on two occasions. If you’re betting online you should understand that it’s a big difference between playing at home in front of their fans and on the road.
Poland vs Sweden Head-to-Head
Sweden has the upper hand on Poland winning their previous eight mutual encounters against them including a 3-2 victory in the Euro 2020 group stages. That’s the only game we can use when previewing this clash because, before that, the two teams last played in 2004, having different squads at their disposal. But, Sweden managed to score two or more goals in their last five head-to-heads between the two sides.
Poland vs Sweden Game Information
- Game: Poland (6-2-2) vs. Sweden (5-0-3)
- Location: Stadion Slaski (Chorzow)
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 3:45 p.m. ET
- Live stream: fubo.tv
Poland vs Sweden Betting Odds
Poland pk -150 || +145 || 2 -120o
Sweden pk +120 || +225 2 || -110u
Poland vs Sweden Predictions
Poland enters this clash as slight favorites being priced at +150 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds, while the goal-line is set at two. They are well-rested because they benched their most important players in the 1-1 draw against Scotland.
Having pushed Spain during the group stages and knocking out the Czech Republic in the previous game, Sweden will fancy their chances of booking their World Cup tickets. However, let’s not forget that they played extra-time on Thursday and they might be tired against Poland. Still, they have four days at their disposal to prepare for the final and most important game of this campaign. On top of that, extra time was perhaps just what several Sweden players needed since they were lacking match fitness.
Sweden is a good, well-organized team, no doubt about it but Poland is amazing going forward and should prevail in front of their fans. Still, we will avoid the winners’ market as we expect at least two goals.