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EC Qualification

  • October 11, 2011
  • • 19:15
  • • Råsundastadion, Solna
  • Referee: C. Çakιr
  • • Attendance: 33066

Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Sweden v Netherlands

Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Sweden v Netherlands


The hosts will be looking to pick up three points on Tuesday in order to book their ticket for next year's tournament and end the Dutch's winning streak



Lustig, Mellberg, Majstorovic, Olsson
Larsson, R. Elm, Kallstrom, Wilhelmsson
Elmander, Toivonen


Van der Wiel, Bruma, Mathijsen, Pieters
Van Bommel, Strootman
Van Persie, Van der Vaart, Kuyt

Sweden will be without their star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the forward picked up a yellow card in his side's 2-1 win over Finland last Friday and has consequently been banned for one match. PSV's Ola Toivonen is expected to take the AC Milan man's place up front.

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk will have to make do without the services of several key players in Tuesday's game. First choice shot-stopper Maarten Stekelenburg, defender John Heitinga, midfielders Hedwiges Maduro, Wesley Sneijder and Ibrahim Afellay as well as attacker Arjen Robben are all unavailable due to various injuries.

This means that Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm is likely to start between the sticks, while Jeffrey Bruma will replace Heitinga at the back. Furthermore, PSV's Kevin Strootman could partner Mark van Bommel in midfield, with Rafael van der Vaart taking Sneijder's place and Robin van Persie starting from the right wing.

  • Sweden will qualify for Euro 2012 as the best second-placed side if they pick up the full three points against Oranje.
  • The Scandinavians' record in 22 meetings with Netherlands is W7 D5 L10 (W4 D1 L2 at home).
  • Andreas Isaksson, Pontus Wernbloom, Rasmus Elm, Emir Bajrami, Alexander Gerndt and Ola Toivonen all ply their trade in the Dutch Eredivisie.
  • Netherlands are one of only three teams that still boast a 100 per cent record in the Euro 2012 qualification campaign.
  • Striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar tops the goalscoring charts with 11 goals from seven Euro 2012 qualifiers.
  • Rafael van der Vaart is only nine games away from completing a century of caps for the World Cup finalists.

Players to watch

O. Toivonen

Position: Attacker

Games: 4

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In the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the PSV man is likely to partner Johan Elmander up front and Toivonen will be desperate to prove his worth. The attacker has been in sublime form at club level, but has been struggling to replicate his performances in the Eredivisie while wearing the Sweden jersey. Tuesday's game will be the perfect opportunity for Toivonen to show that he has what it takes to find the net for the national side as well.

K. Huntelaar

Position: Attacker

Games: 8

  • 5
  • 1
  • 0
Huntelaar has been the most prolific striker around in Europe in the qualification campaign with 11 goals in seven appearances and the Schalke man will be looking to add to his tally on Tuesday. The striker is only 11 goals away from equalling Patrick Kluivert's record as Oranje's all-time goal-scorer and his killer instincts will cause the Swedes all kinds of trouble.

Editor's Prediction

Sweden still have everything to play for as a win would seal qualification for next year's tournament in Poland and Ukraine, while the Dutch have already booked their ticket for Euro 2012. However, the first match between the two sides showed a significant difference in class as Holland recorded a comfortable 4-1 home win. Although the guests will have to do without the services of several key players this time, they still boast plenty of quality to bag the full three points and should be able to maintain their 100 per cent record.

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