Croatia and Sweden will be looking for their first Uefa Nations League points when they face each other on Sunday at 5 PM.
The pair have been placed in a tough group in League A, joined by defending Nations League holders Portugal and world champions France. As such, the battle between Sweden and Croatia is expected to be one to decide who gets relegated to League B, and who remains in the top group.
The games between the duo will, of course, be key to that, with both sides losing their opening two games against Portugal and France. For Sweden, it was a 1-0 loss to France and 2-0 defeat to Portugal, keeping them currently off the bottom due to goal difference despite failing to score. That’s because Croatia opened the group with a 4-1 defeat to Portugal and followed that up with a 4-2 loss to France, a repeat of their 2018 World Cup final scoreline.
But who will take the upper hand in the fight against relegation, and get their first points on the board?
Where to watch Croatia vs Sweden on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Premier League
- US: TUDNxtra, ESPN+
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Croatia & Sweden’s previous line-ups:
- Croatia (vs Switzerland): Livakovic; Uremovic, Vida, Caleta-Car, Melnjak; Badelj, Kovacic; Brekalo, Pasalic, Bradaric; Petkovic.
- Sweden (vs Portugal): Olsen; Krafth, Helander*, Jansson, Augustinsson; Kulusevski, Svensson*, Olsson, Forsberg; Berg, Isak.
Croatia came through their friendly against Switzerland without any injuries but will likely reintroduce Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic to the starting XI after their substitute appearances.
Sweden, meanwhile, are without Filip Helander, who withdrew from the squad, and the suspended Gustav Svensson, who was sent off during the Nations League defeat to Portugal last month.
Players to watch:
Croatia: Ivan Perisic was only given a substitute role in the friendly against Switzerland which should mean he is going to start on Sunday. And Croatia will need him. Although Croatia haven’t struggled for goals in their recent games, it will be helpful for them to have the added firepower Perisic brings. The 31-year-old is the highest scorer among the current Croatian squad, and fourth overall, with 26 goals. He is just three strikes away from levelling striker Eduardo’s tally and seven behind Mario Mandzukic, something Perisic may find achievable before he hangs up his boots. Perisic is also getting valuable game time for Inter Milan once more, starting two of their three Serie A games so far, having spent 2019/20 on loan at Bayern Munich.
Sweden: Sweden don’t have too many goals in their current squad, with Marcus Berg the only player to have hit double figures, and they are yet to score in the group. But one player that could help change that is Dejan Kulusevski. The 20-year-old had a fabulous season at Parma in 2019/20, earning a move from parent club Atalanta to Juventus as a result. In 36 Serie A games, Kulusevski scored 10 goals but, more importantly for this Sweden side, he also recorded eight assists. It’s his creativity that makes Kulusevski stick out in this Sweden squad, and while it has taken a slight hit for Juventus due to their stars (he still ranks third at the Old Lady), it should be on full display against Croatia.