Netherlands vs Sweden Match Preview
100% record holders and Group E leaders, the Netherlands, will host Sweden in Amsterdam. The Swedes, who also hold a perfect record after two games, could steal the top spot on Tuesday night.
Like the Netherlands, Sweden have a perfect record in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. They will go on top of the Dutch with a victory on Tuesday.
The Oranje didn’t live up to expectations against Moldova on Friday although they managed to grab all three points. They had to thank Huntelaar for that; incredibly, the striker has now scored more than 5 goals in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. But could the Netherlands rely on his influence again when they’ll face Sweden next?
Swede coach Erik Hamren has actually named a man-squad with a bolstered defense, knowing very well the size of the Netherlands’ potential in attack. Unfortunately for Tuesday’s visitors, center-back Olof Mellberg has been made unavailable through suspension.
However, Daniel Majstorovic and Andreas Granqvist should assume their responsibilities at the back as Coach Hamren revealed his dream of defeating Bert Marwijk’s World Cup silver medalists.
“The Netherlands are second in the FIFA rankings whereas we are thirty-second, so there’s no doubts that they are favorites,” the Sweden manager told UEFA.com.
“I like to daydream from time to time, though. In my head, we have played a number of matches against the Netherlands, and we won them all!”
Another boost for Sweden is the confirmed availability of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The AC Milan star was previously doubtful for the game but the national team’s medical staff explained a few days ago that fatigue would not come in the way of Ibra.
The former Barcelona player has been scoring goals for the Rossoneri since his arrival and he will be under the spotlights on Tuesday night. Should the Netherlands fail to improve on the poor performance they displayed away to Moldova, will Ibrahimovic exploit the Dutch to lead Sweden to an important win in Group E?
Let’s see if the Oranje can spoil their opponents’ clean sheet record…