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Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s Nations League match between Sweden and Slovenia, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

in a fight to avoid relegation UEFA Nations Leaguethe third layer of Sweden When Slovenia Clash in Stockholm on Tuesday night.

After a disappointing Group 4 campaign so far, the hosts must win to retain their place in League B.

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The hangover from missing out on Qatar 2022 lingered into the autumn for 2018 World Cup quarter-finalists Sweden.

Jeanne AndersonAfter suffering three losses in the summer against Slovenia on the first day, the team suffered two losses to Nordic rivals Norway and a second defeat to Serbia on Saturday.

Even though I passed through Victor CressonHost star striker first goal in Belgrade Alexander Mitrovic He then scored a hat-trick as Sweden suffered a 4-1 come-from-behind defeat. This was not the ideal response to Anderson’s call for a “back to basics” approach.

His side has now conceded 10 goals in five Nations League games so far, and his longstanding reputation as a cautious but capable opponent appears to have been overturned in recent months. is.

Having previously been eliminated by Poland in the Qatari play-offs, Braggart must now focus on doing everything in their power to avoid being demoralized into Europe’s third division.

Such a fate, which was last relegated from League A, will fuel further woes for a nation accustomed to testing top teams in international competition, including a trip to the quarter-finals in Russia four years ago.

Slovenian forward Benjamin Sesco pictured in June 2022© Reuters

Slovenia, who finished bottom of Group C in the inaugural edition of the Nations League without a win in six matches, beat Greece to win the section and finished second last year.

Most pundits outsiders defied expectations to take four total points away from leaders Norway after a 2-1 victory in Ljubljana at the weekend to survive a competitive Group 4 this time around.

but Erling Harland‘s 21st international goal put the away side on the road to League A promotion just after half-time. Andras Sporer When Benjamin Sesco – The latter is now following in Haaland’s footsteps at RB Salzburg – giving the Norwegians their first defeat.

1 of 2 previous losses Machaz Kekplayers played their first match at home to Sweden. His 2-0 comeback at the Stadion Stodzice was also one of only three of his 11 appearances here.

They therefore head to Stockholm, who are likely to avoid relegation, with 90 minutes left with their fate in their own hands.

The world-ranked 65th country, which struggled in World Cup qualifiers and finished fourth in its group, will see such an achievement as quite a success before embarking on the long road to Euro 2024.

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Alexander Isak pictured during training in Sweden in May 2021© Reuters

Because they don’t have a Newcastle United striker Alexander IsaacSweden should again look to Coventry City squad after he pulled out of the squad last week Victor Gökeres The front so far despite a modest haul of the latter two international goals.

However, personnel changes may be afoot in other areas, as Janne Andersson reacts to his side’s surrender in Serbia. Christopher Olson When Anthony Elanga Both pressing claims are brought to the first XI.

Isaac Hien On Saturday, he struggled in his debut match and received a warning while contributing to the defence, conceding four goals. Philip Helander, Karl Starfelt When Alexander Milosevic With everyone out this month, the Hellas Verona man might stay at centre-back.

Slovenia, on the other hand, will have to force two changes to the winning team. Jasmine Kurtik and Andraz Sporar were suspended after receiving a yellow card against Norway.

Italy-based duo Domen Kurnigoji When Sandy Lovrick It is set to fight to be chosen instead of the former.

or, Micha Zaik Also Luka Zahovich – Son of Slovenia’s all-time top scorer Zlatko Zahovich – Can support teenager attacks.

Candidates for the Swedish starting line-up:
Olsen; Anderson, Lindelof, Hien, Augustinson. Olson, Svanberg, Forsberg.Krussevsky, Gokeres, Watercress

Candidates for the Slovenian starting XI:
Oblak; Karnicnik, Bijol, Blazic, Brekalo; Stojanovic, Cerin, Lovric, Verbic; Zaik; Sesco

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Sweden 2-1 Slovenia

Sweden may struggle to keep a clean sheet by conceding two goals per game in their last five games, but they can snatch League B survival on the final day. If some talented forwards click, the hosts will overwhelm a Slovenian side without his two top players with suspensions.

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