Can the 1992 European Champions qualify on Sweden’s account?

Last updated: November 12, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 7:45pm
Venue: Friends Arena (Solna)
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWLLW
Away form: LLDDW
Last meeting: 0-1
Competition: The Euro 2016 play-offs

How did these two teams reach the play-offs? Sweden finished third in Group G behind Austria and Russia. The Danish players were surprisingly overtaken by Albania and now they will meet their neighbours in a very interesting match. Now, Denmark is the only team in the play-offs, to have ever won the tournament.

Both teams have met 104 times, most of these games were friendlies. Sweden have recorded 46 victories. There has been 18 draws and 40 wins for Denmark. The most interesting fact is that both teams have met twice in the European finals. Sweden was the only team to beat Denmark in 1992, when the Red Dynamites became European Champions. Then, in 2004, the game ended 2-2 in the group stages, which meant that both teams qualified for the quarter finals.

This will be one of the last chances for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to take part in a major tournament, so he will give 100% to ensure Sweden qualify. He is now 34 years old and sooner or later will have to retire from the national team.

Team News

Sweden coach Erik Hamrén can’t use Pontus Wernbloom, who has received a groin injury in his last CSKA Moscow’s match.

Zlatan Ibrahimović finished the qualifying campaign with eight goals and was the fourth highest goal-scorer in the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers.

Morten Olsen has called Leon Andreasen into his 23-man squad. The midfielder hasn’t been selected for over a year.

Borussia Mönchengladbach defender Andreas Christensen has been included in the squad, because of his ability to play as a centre and right back.

Quotes of the week

hamren Erik Hamrén (Sweden) : “I’m excited to see Kujovic, he has done very well and has matured.”

olsen Morten Olsen (Denmark) : “I will be looking in particular for a back-up player for Riza Durmisi at left-back.”

Expected line-ups:

Team: Sweden
Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasımpaşa), Patrik Carlgren (AIK), Robin Olsen (PAOK).
Defenders: Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Pierre Bengtsson (Mainz), Mikael Antonsson (København), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Erik Johansson (Gent), Martin Olsson (Norwich City), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
Midfielders: Jimmy Durmaz (Olympiacos), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Abdulrahman Khalili (Mersin), Kim Källström (Grasshoppers), Oscar Lewicki (Malmö), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moskva), Erkan Zengin (Trabzonspor), Gustav Svensson (Göteborg), Oscar Hiljemark (Palermo).
Strikers: Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo), Emir Kujovic (Norrköping), Ola Toivonen (Sunderland).
Team: Denmark
Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Stephan Andersen (København), Jonas Lössl (Guingamp).
Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Daniel Agger (Brøndby), Daniel Wass (Celta Vigo), Jannik Vestergaard (Werder Bremen), Lars Jacobsen (Guingamp), Simon Kjær (Fenerbahçe), Riza Durmisi (Brøndby).
Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Leon Andreasen (Hannover), Jakob Poulsen (Midtjylland), Pierre Emile Højbjerg (Schalke), Pione Sisto (Midtjylland), Thomas Kahlenberg (Brøndby), William Kvist (København), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Sevilla).
Strikers: Martin Braithwaite (Toulouse) Nicklas Bendtner (Wolfsburg) Nicolai Jørgensen (København) Viktor Fischer (Ajax) Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig).

So far this season

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Sweden this campaign Denmark this campaign
3 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
3-1 vs. Montenegro Biggest win 3-1 vs. Serbia
1 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (2)
1 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (1)
1-4 to Austria Biggest Defeat 0-1 to Portugal (twice)
Ibrahimovic (8) Top scorer Bendtner (2)
Y18, R0 Discipline Y12, R0
1 Failures to score 4
4 Clean Sheets 3
5 Both Teams to Score Games 3
2 Over 2.5 Games 2
8 Under 2.5 Games 6
  • Denmark have recorded 4 consecutive victories over Sweden. The Swedish players last win over The Red Dynamites was on 2nd June 2007 (3-0).
  • The last match between these two teams was a year ago, and Denmark won 1-0. Daniel Agger scored from the penalty spot in the last minute.
  • Sweden have won 14 of their last 19 home European qualifying matches. They lost only twice (against Latvia in 2003 and against Austria two months ago).
  • Denmark have won only one match in their last 8 away games. The victory was against Serbia (3-1) and that was their biggest win of the campaign.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
28/05/14 Friendly Denmark 1-0 Sweden D. Agger (PG) 90′
11/11/11 Friendly Denmark 2-0 Sweden N. Bendtner 35′
10/10/09 WQE Denmark 1-0 Sweden J. Poulsen 78′
06/06/09 WQE Sweden 0-1 Denmark Kahlenberg 22′
08/09/07 ECQ Sweden 0-0 Denmark