Belarus hosts Sweden in World Cup Qualification Round 8 of Group A in Europe. The match is on Sunday at 19:00 on the Borisov Arena stadium.
Sweden was at the top of the group before their surprise defeat by 2: 3 from Bulgaria and now France is the leader in group "A" with three points ahead of its convincing success over the Netherlands with 4: 0 on Thursday. Belarus is now only at a point in the last Luxembourg after the Grand Duchy beat the Belarusian team by 1-0.
Belarus has welcomed Sweden without any hope of qualifying at the World Championship in Russia, and guests have to return to victory if they want to win first place in Group A. After defeating Bulgaria in their last world qualification at home, Belarus was expected to defeat Luxembourg on Thursday, but Daniel Alve de Motta brought the joy of the small state. Sweden scored five unbeaten matches before putting an end to this series after a 5-goal thriller in Sofia and thus lost its first place.
The hosts retreated only once in their last seven home games by defeating Bulgaria and making a draw with France, so Sweden is likely to be in a difficult situation this weekend. The guests won three victories in their last five visits, but they made a draw in Norway in a friendly match, followed by a defeat in Bulgaria, and this may suggest that the Swedes will hardly win the victory in Borisov.
Sweden won 57% of its matches in 2017, playing four times at home and three times as a guest, the team of Belarus, who also played seven matches this year, have a profit ratio of only 29%. The guests have much more class and talented footballers, and although it will be very difficult for them in this match, we expect them to return to the winning streak and push France into the battle for the first place in group A.
Odds: 1.66 at Bet365 bookmaker