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Germany Vs Sweden: Do Or Die For The Holders As They Stare At Another Huge Upset And Expected Lineups

Germany Vs Sweden, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia

Staring at an early exit, The World Champions will find it very difficult qualify for the further stages of the World Cup if they fail to get anything from the Germany Vs Sweden fixture on 23rd June in Sochi.

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On the other hand, a victory will send Sweden flying to the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup 2018. They look in a strong position after edging out South Korea, thanks to Andreas Granqvist’s penalty goal.

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Germany looked vulnerable and uncharacteristically poor in their 1-0 loss to Mexico triggering reports of team disharmony and lack of leadership in the German dugout.

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Key Stats (Opta Stats) :

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Germany is unbeaten in the last 11 games against Sweden (W6 D5), with the Scandinavians’ last win coming 40 years ago in April 1978 (3-1).

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The two most recent matches between these sides have produced a total of 16 goals — with a 4-4 draw in Germany in October 2012 before Sweden lost 5-3 at home in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

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Germany has won three of its four World Cup games against Sweden (in 1934, 1974 and 2006), with the only defeat coming in 1958 when Sweden — as host nation — reached the final.

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Thomas Muller has scored 10 goals from just 14 shots on target at the World Cup, however, the Bayern Munich forward was the only outfield Germany player to not register a single shot in the defeat to Mexico and he has not had a shot in his last 239 minutes of World Cup play.

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Germany:

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Germany will be desperately looking for a victory after their loss on day one to avoid their first opening-round exit since 1938. Die Manschafts went into this competition on the back of just one victory in their last six matches. They lost to Mexico by a goal in their opening game and looked defensively weak.

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Germany has always progressed in the latter stages of the tournament but they need to make improvements in all areas to do so this time. Joachim Low is expected to make alterations to the starting lineup.

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Key Players:

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Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

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Many criticized the fact that Marco Reus started on the bench against Mexico. The Borrusia Dortmund forward could be the key to get Germany’s World Cup Campaign back on track.

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Known to be a well-balanced attacker who can operate from the wings and also can play behind the striker,the 29 year old looked sharp against Saudi Arabia as he assisted Timo Werner for a goal. As Germany looks at the Germany Vs Sweden game as a “must-win”, Reus appears to be a tailor-made solution to their attacking problems.

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Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

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Arguably the best goalkeeper in the world right now, Manuel Neuer will be play a crucial part in tonight’s Germany Vs Sweden game. With the german defense looking utterly vulnerable in the last match, the Bayern Munich goalkeeper will be an important asset and has to show his top notch qualities against the Blagult.

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Predcited Line-Up:

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Sami Khedira did not have a good game against El Tri so he is likely to be replaced by Ilkay Gundogan. Loew will stick with Ozil and is likely to make changes upfront with Mario Gomez replacing Timo Werner and Reus replacing Thomas Muller. Mats Hummels twisted his neck in training and is uncertain to feature in Germany Vs Sweden match.

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Germany Vs Sweden, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Germany

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Sweden:

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Sweden are in a strong position after edging out South Korea on Day One. The Blagult will be encouraged by their defensive performance and will take the heart from their opponent’s misfortunes.

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Key Players:

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Andres Granqvist ( FC Krasnodar)

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The 33 year old centre back is rock solid at the back and was very disciplined against their win against South Korea, putting up a Man of the Match Performance. He will definitely have his hands full taking on the German forwards. The Swedish Captain will definitely play a crucial part in Saturday’s Germany Vs Sweden fixture.

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Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig)

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The 26 year-old winger is being linked with many big clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool this summer and is known to be one of most talented wide attackers in Europe. Currently playing for RB Leipzig, he had two outstanding seasons with them and will look forward to face his club colleague Timo Werner. He will surely be the main threat to Germans because of his creativity and dribbling skills.

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Predicted Line-Up:

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Sweden head coach Janne Andersson will go with an unchanged side against Germany except Jansson who will be replaced by Victor Lindelof, who missed the first game due to illness.

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Germany Vs Sweden, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Sweden

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Match Prediction:

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Germany 2-1 Sweden

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Although Sweden look strong, Germany will walk into the game as the favourites as they have the greater firepower to secure the 3 points in the Germany Vs Sweden game in Sochi.

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Saish Mandavkar
Just Another Hopeful Gooner.
https://arsedevils.com

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