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Sweden v Denmark Euro 2016 play-offs live & preview

On Saturday, November 14, Sweden hosts Denmark in the first leg of their Euro 2016 playoff double header. The game will be played at the Friends Arena in the city of Solna and will kick off at 20:45 BST.

The hosts finished 3rd in qualification Group G with 18 points from 10 games, while the visitors also finished their group in 3rd place, with 12 points from 8 games. The winner of this two legged tie books a place at the showpiece tournament in France.

These Scandinavian rivals have met 104 times in the past, with Sweden winning 46, Denmark winning 40, and 18 of the games ending in draws.

The Swedes, managed by Erik Hamren are in good form with three wins, and two defeats in their last five games, all of which were Euro 2016 qualifying matches. Their wins were in game against Montenegro (3-1 on June 14), Leichtenstein (0-2 on October 9), and against Moldova (2-0 on October 12).

The Blue-Yellow lost consecutive games to Russia (1-0 on September 5), and Austria (1-4 on September 8).

The Red and White, managed by Morten Olsen are in poor form, with one win, two draws and two defeats in their last five outings. This single win was against Serbia in Euro 2016 qualifying (2-0 on June 13).

The Danes played two consecutive goalless stalemates against Albania (on September 4), and against Armenia (on September 9). They suffered defeats to Portugal in final group qualification match (1-0 on October 8), and to Euro 2016 hosts France in a recent friendly (1-2 on October 11).

Captain and talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovich knows Euro 2016 might be his last big chance to impress for Sweden on the International stage and he will be looking to fire his team past their bitter rivals. Michael Krohn Dehli has been in good form for SEvilla this season, and will need to be at the top of his game if the Danes are to secure a victory in this first leg match.

Sweden are in better form, and have a genuine world class player in Zlatan Ibrahimovich. I expect the Swedes to rally in front of their fans and secure a first leg victory in this game.

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