The Netherlands are not technically eliminated from a chance at a spot in the next World Cup but realistically cannot get a second-place finish even with a win from this game. Holland is currently third in Group A with 16 points and a goal differential of 7 while Sweden is in second with 19 points and a goal differential of 19. It seems inevitable that Oranje will miss its first World Cup since 2002 and quality players like Arjen Robben, Virgil van Dijk and Memphis Depay will not be seen next year in Russia. This Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (11:45 AM Pacific) the Netherlands will host Sweden at the Amsterdam Arena for a match in the UEFA 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Both teams are still seeking a possible first or second-place finish and should provide an entertaining game.
Title here watch now’ Sweden hosted their final game of qualification as they welcomed a Luxembourg side coming off an impressive draw in France last time out. Captain Andreas Granqvist led from the front by opening the scoring on ten minutes. Marcus Berg had scored four goals prior to Matchday 9 but he would put his mark on the match scoring the next three Swedish goals to have them 4-0 up early in the second half.
Celtic defender Mikael Lustig made it five on the hour mark before Andreas Granqvist snatched his second of the game seven minutes later. Berg scored his 4th of the contest in the 71st minute with the scoring concluding on 76 minutes when Ola Toivonen got in on the act to keep the Swedes in the hunt for automatic qualification. Janne Andersson’s side has been in great form throughout the qualifiers and are a step away from at the very least a play-off spot. Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen combined for five of the eight goals in Stockholm and will once again be relied upon for the goal scoring thrust in Amsterdam. Unlikely to see any changes made as Sweden look to edge closer to Russia.
Mathematically, Sweden can still qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia automatically but they will need help. Janne Andersson’s men sit in second place on the table entering the final matchday of qualification with France hosting Belarus who sit second to bottom in the group. For Sweden to qualify automatically, there are two scenarios that can play out. If France draw to Belarus, Sweden must defeat the Netherlands with the score line not playing a factor. However, if France somehow lose to Belarus, then Sweden only need a draw to secure their ticket to Russia as they possess a much better goal difference than the Group A leaders. Will Sweden take care of business and hope for a French collapse?