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Estonia vs. Sweden, probable lineups

Angelo PalmeriComment

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15:08 CEST -Sweden line-up and formation as predicted by 'Aftonbladet' colleagues was confirmed by Swedish FA website several hours ahead of the game. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start and has the chance to become the all-time topscorer of the Swedish national team being only one goal short from Sven Ryddel: 49 vs. 48.


After Konstantin Vassiljev got injured, the biggest speculation has been who will take his place in a 4-2-3-1 formation in the role of trequartista, the guy pulling the strings behind the lone striker and between the two high flankers.

‘Rumori’ tries to give its take on how Estonia will look like tonight in the friendly game against Sweden at Friends Arena (20:45 EEST, 19:45 CEST).

The Swedish XI according to Oskar Mansson (Aftonbladet)

Before giving our prediction (with some alternative) about the ‘Eesti Koondis’ we have asked a colleague from ‘Sportbladet’, the sport section of popular Swedish newspaper ‘Aftonbladet’, to figure our how Zlatan&Co. will look lile on the pitch.

Oskar Månsson took the challenge together with his colleagues. ‘We’ve been speculating about this in the last hours’ tells Oskar to ‘Rumori’.

The XI includes Zlatan (notwithstanding his sore throat) and other two acquaintances of Italian football, Albin Ekdal (Cagliari), Mikael Antonsson (former Bologna FC) and Andreas Granqvist (former Genoa CFC).

The latter was in Tallinn in July with his new club, FC Krasnodar (read our interview with him here).

Eesti Koondis XI according to 'Rumori'

What about Estonia?
Our take gives three alternatives for three roles: central defensive midfielder, trequartista and left flanker. Dmitrijev, Antonov and Purje seems to have an advantage over Mets, Lindpere and Zenjov, with the latter probably being the most likely to start from the bench.

Magnus Pehrrsson might well opt to try a different line-up in the second half thanks to substitutions.