Sweden vs France live soccer: Watch Online Game, how to watch Online Live Stream, TV Schedule, Online TV Channel, Odds, Game Time and more info. The Match is started dated on Friday, June 9, Start time: 2:45 p.m. ET/ 11:45 PST/14:45 EST/18:45 GMT/19:45 BST/20:45 CET, Location: Solna, Sweden, Stadium: Friends Arena.
– In the USA: Fox Sports 2 USA, Fox Soccer 2GO USA, fuboTV, Fox Sports GO, FOX Deportes
– In Sweden: Dplay Sweden, Kanal 5 Sweden
– In France: TF1, RTL Nitro
– In the UK: SKY GO Extra, Sky Sports 1/HD UK, Sky Go UK, NOW TV UK
– In Canada: Sportsnet World Now, Sportsnet World
The second half of the World Cup qualifying campaign in Europe kicks in on Friday, and the marquee clash in Group A sees Sweden play hosts to France. A win for Janne Andersson’s side will see them leapfrog the visitors into first place on goal difference, with just four games remaining in the campaign.
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Sweden have moved on well from a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign. And despite losing the instrumental Zlatan Ibrahimovic to retirement, Janne Andersson’s side have thrived in the last one year. The Sweden boss has a good mix of experience and youth at his disposal that has helped him forge an exciting side.
One of the most recognisable names in Andersson’s squad is Victor Lindelof, who has worked well alongside captain Andreas Granqvist at the heart of Sweden’s defence. The duo will again be key to their side’s fortunes against a French attack that will test them all through the ninety minutes.
Up front, Andersson has a big dilemma to make surrounding his choice of striker, with the likes of John Guidetti, Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen all making a case for their inclusion. It’ll be interesting to see which two strikers make the cut against France.
Possible Starting XI (4-4-2): Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Olsson; Durmaz, Johansson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Guidetti
France will be the favourites ahead of the match and with good reason, with Didier Deschamps having one of the most exciting young squads in Europe at his disposal. In fact, the France boss also has the luxury of having to choose from two quality players for each position in his squad.
The aforementioned is sure to leave a dilemma for Deschamps in defence in particular, with Raphael Varane, Laurent Koscielny and Samuel Umtiti the three big-name centre-backs at his disposal. With Varane only joining the squad earlier this week, chances are that Koscielny and Umtiti will continue at the heart of France’s defence.
In midfield, too, Deschamps has the task of choosing from the likes of Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, N’Golo Kante, Adrien Rabiot and Corentin Tolisso for two positions at the centre of the park. While Pogba appears to be an early certainty, it’ll be interesting to see if Tolisso gets to add to his solitary appearance.
Considering the significance of this game though, it is likely that the France manager will choose to stick with the experience of Matuidi. Meanwhile, the attack picks itself up, with last Friday’s hat-trick hero Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet definite starters.
Possible Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Sidibe, Koscielny, Umtiti, Mendy; Pogba, Matuidi; Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet; Giroud
Sweden 1-2 France
There was little to separate the two sides when they met in Saint-Denis in November last year. And the match on Friday is likely to be yet another closely contested affair, with Janne Andersson forging a side that does not allow many clear cut chances to be created against them.
However, Deschamps has a lot of quality to call upon, and if his starting eleven fails to get past what is likely to be a stubborn Swedish defence, he still has the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and others to fall back on as Plan B.
A win would take France a step closer to booking a date in next year’s World Cup by opening up a sizable gap atop Group A and that is exactly what they should do on the night, bar any significant dip in form by Deschamps’s key men.