Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Sweden vs. Norway
These Scandinavian rivals will meet for the first time in eight years on Wednesday night, with Norway being able to boast the better recent record.
Although Sweden have won more of their head to head matches overall (58), they have only overcome their visitors once in their last six meetings.
Captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to lead the attack for the hosting Yellows, who are also expected to name Premier League duo Sebastian Larsson and Jonas Olsson in their starting lineup.
Meanwhile, Stuttgart striker Mohammed Abdellaoue has been tipped to play up front for Norway, with former Manchester United midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem also thought to be in contention.
Norway last won in Sweden back in 2005 when Fulham full-back John Arne Riise was among the goals.
Sweden: Isaksson; Lustig, J Olsson, Johansson, M Olsson; Larsson, Elm, Wernbloom, Durmaz; Ibrahimovic, Toivonen
Norway: Jarstein; Hedenstad, Hangeland, Hogli, Forren; Braaten, Wolff Eikrem, Skjelbred, Henriksen; King, Abdellaoue