This Monday, November 13, 2017 (11:45 AM Pacific) Italy will host Sweden at the San Siro for the second leg of a UEFA World Cup qualifier play-off. Sweden has the slight one-goal advantage heading into the match but should have a tough match away from home.
Neither team was particularly impressive in the first leg of this matchup but Italy had a very disappointing display. Gli Azzurri dominated possession with 63-percent in the first leg but did not do much with the sphere with just one shot on goal. Sweden’s goalkeeper Robin Olsen only had one save throughout the match and will surely be worked more in this second leg.
The strike force of Andre Belotti and Ciro Immobile was very ineffective and midfielder Marco Verratti also failed to generate much play. Some players that did not start in the game like Alessandro Florenzi, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardreschi may be able to make an impact in Milan if they get into the starting XI. Gian Piero Ventura will surely need to make some modifications to his lineup after such a poor performance in Stockholm.
Sweden did not shine at all in the first leg but did manage to get the favorable 1-0 win with a goal by Jakob Johansson off the bench. Emil Forsberg proved to be the Nordic team’s best player throughout the first round of the qualifiers and was the clear standout in the first leg.
Italy is a team that cannot afford to miss out on the next World Cup while Sweden is trying to prosper after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s retirement from the national team. The game is set up to be a very, intense, hard-fought and entertaining encounter as both teams will be motivated to book their ticket to Russia.
How to Watch Italy vs Sweden
The Italy vs Sweden match will be broadcast this Monday, November 13 at 11:45 AM Pacific:
TV Schedule: Fox Sports 1
Watch Live Online: Sling TV (Watch 7 Days Free)