World Cup Qualifying Preview: Germany - Sweden
Joachim Low's side has taken maximum points from its first three Group C matches, but Erik Hamren's side has a rich history against the Germans.
By Enis Koylu
Lahm, Mertesacker, Badstuber, Schmelzer
Muller, Ozil, Reus
Lustig, Granqvist, J Olsson, M Olsson
Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Kacaniklic
Germany is set to make two changes from the team that thrashed the Republic of Ireland 6-1 in Dublin on Friday. The good news for Joachim Low is that captain Philipp Lahm will be back from suspension and able to reclaim the right back slot from Jerome Boateng, with Marcel Schmelzer retaining his place on the left-hand side of the defense.
Midfielder Sami Khedira was withdrawn at halftime against Ireland due to a calf injury, and although Low was was quick to emphasize that the Real Madrid star was not seriously injured, he is likely to be replaced by Toni Kroos, who scored twice against the Irish. Elsewhere, the Germans should be unchanged, with Miroslav Klose, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Marco Reus spearheading the attack once more.
Sweden, meanwhile, has a full set of players to choose from for the trip to Berlin, though it may elect to make a couple of changes from the side that struggled to beat Faroe Islands on Friday.
Fulham winger Alexander Kacaniklic replaced Los Angeles Galaxy winger Christian Wilhelmsson against the Nordic minnows, scoring an equalizer within three minutes of his introduction and will be hopeful of replacing the veteran, while either Marcus Berg or Johan Elmander could come in for Mathias Ranegie up front.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Germany eliminated Sweden in the semifinals of the 1992 European Championship, which was held on Blagult's own turf, only to suffer a shock defeat to Denmark in the Gothenburg-hosted final.
- This match occurs just one day before the five-year anniversary of Die Mannschaft's only qualifying loss under Joachim Low, a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Czech Republic at the Allianz Arena.
- Toni Kroos (pictured, right) scored two second-half goals against Ireland on Friday. He had managed the same number in all of his previous 33 international matches.
- Sweden has beaten the Germans on a total of 13 occasions. Only England and Italy have had more success against the Nationalelf.
- The Scandinavians inflicted a penalty shootout defeat on the Germans at the Olympiastadion in the semifinals of the Four Nations tournament of 1998. Rudi Voller and Lothar Matthaus missed the decisive spot kicks.
- Goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson won his 100th cap for his country in the 2-1 win over Faroe Islands on Friday. The former PSV glovesman made his Sweden debut in March, 2002, against Switzerland.
Top 3 Predictions
Germany 3-1 Sweden
- 18.84 %
Germany 3-0 Sweden
- 16.87 %
Germany 2-0 Sweden
- 12.11 %
|WCQ 2014 (UEFA) (WCQE)||Oct 15, 2013||Sweden 3 - Germany 5|
|WCQ 2014 (UEFA) (WCQE)||Oct 16, 2012||Germany 4 - Sweden 4|
|International Friendlies (FR)||Nov 17, 2010||Sweden 0 - Germany 0|
|International Friendlies (FR)||Aug 20, 2006||Germany 3 - Sweden 0|
|World Cup 2006 (WC)||Jun 24, 2006||Germany 2 - Sweden 0|
|Mar 5, 2014||Germany 1 - Chile 0||FR|
|Nov 19, 2013||England 0 - Germany 1||FR|
|Nov 15, 2013||Italy 1 - Germany 1||FR|
|Oct 15, 2013||Sweden 3 - Germany 5||WCQE|
|Oct 11, 2013||Germany 3 - Ireland Republic 0||WCQE|
|-||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Goalkeeper|