Spain’s players celebrate his team victory over Greece at the end of the World Cup 2022 group B qualifying soccer match between Greece and Spain at the Olympic stadium in Athens, Greece, Thursday, Nov 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
It is Spain vs Sweden in Round 10 of UEFA World Cup qualifying on Sunday, November 14 at 3:45 pm ET
The top two in Group B clash in a winner-takes-all tie for a place in Qatar 2022
We preview the game, look at the odds, and offer some picks below
It is crunch time in UEFA World Cup 2022 qualifying as Spain and Sweden go head-to-head in a winner-takes-all clash. It all kicks off in Seville on Sunday, November 14, KO at 3:45 pm ET, with the victors heading to Qatar and the losers heading to the playoffs. With Spain leading the Group B by one point, they would qualify if the game is tied.
La Roja comes into this off the back of Thursday’s vital 1-0 win over Greece. Sweden suffered a costly 2-0 defeat in Georgia.
We list the odds, preview Spain vs Sweden, and offer below the best picks for this World Cup qualifying Matchday 10 clash.
Spain vs Sweden Odds
Spain vs Sweden
SPA -1.5 (+130) | SWE +1.5 (-145)
SPA -260 | DRAW +400 | SWE +750
Ov 2.5 (-110) | Un 2.5 (-115)
Odds as of November 13 at DraftKings
Fine Win in Athens
Spain has been playing catch-up in World Cup qualifying after the last international break was taken up with their involvement in the UEFA Nations League finals. In that competition, they played well to beat the hosts Italy 2-1 in the semifinal. They came up short against the French in the final where they came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline.
🤯 ¡¡¿¿PERO QUÉ MARAVILLA ES ESTA!!??
📸 Así vivimos, foto a foto, el penalti de @Pablosarabia92 a golpe de cámara y a pie de campo.
🤔 ¿Seríais capaces de adivinar cuántas capturas hay estos seis segundos? #VamosEspaña #Catar2022 pic.twitter.com/ENNvz3ORNU
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) November 13, 2021
The Reds were quick to hit their stride on their return to Group B. On Thursday, they went to Greece and came away with a 1-0 win in what was effectively a must-win. It was a victory that crucially, helped by a surprise Sweden defeat in Georgia, moved them above the Swedes at the top of the group with one game left. It was a challenging night in Athens for Spain and they were made to work hard for their win by a determined and feisty Greek team, but a first-half penalty from Pablo Sarabia was enough to earn them the three points.
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Just a Point Needed for Spain
The upshot of events in Batumi and Athens is that now Spain needs just a point to secure automatic qualification to next winter’s World Cup in Qatar. On home soil in Seville – a stadium renowned for producing a raucous, intimidating atmosphere – the Spanish will be confident of getting the job done, albeit respectful of a Sweden team who beat them 2-1 in Stockholm in September.
🤩❤️ ¡¡QUÉ GANAS TENÍAMOS DE VOLVER A VERTE, SEVILLA!!
🚍 La @SeFutbol ha aterrizado en el aeropuerto de San Pablo y se dirige ya por carretera a su hotel de concentración. #VamosEspaña #Catar2022 pic.twitter.com/S07Xz1kCJI
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) November 12, 2021
This still remains a Spain side in transition after the old guard, one-by-one, have departed from the international stage. It’s a talented group who have the ability to emulate the Class of 2010 – the last Spanish team to win the World Cup. They will view getting to the semifinal of last summer’s Euros as progress but will want to go a step further in Qatar.
But first, they have to qualify.
Spain vs Sweden Head-to-Head Stats
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Nightmare in Batumi
The Swedes’ 2-0 defeat in Georgia was a hammer blow, as prior to that game they looked to be in pole position for automatic qualification. On a nightmare of a night in Batumi, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia scored twice to give the Georgians a massive win; one that cast huge doubts on Janne Andersson’s team’s chances of avoiding the playoffs. Only a win now in Seville will see them top the group and head to Qatar automatically.
But it has been an outstanding campaign for the Blue and Yellows who will not want it to fizzle out in Seville. They have won five of their seven games, losing only to Greece and Georgia. They have shown massive improvements in collecting their 15 points.
While they are guaranteed at least a playoff place – Greece is six points behind them – the automatic route has always been their aim and they still head to Spain confident of causing an upset.
Inte resultatet vi hoppades på i kväll. Nu tar vi nya tag mot Spanien på söndag – Tillsammans 💛💙 pic.twitter.com/TjL4F0x2Z2
— Svensk Fotboll (@svenskfotboll) November 11, 2021
Swedes Keen Not to Miss Out
Having performed so well in the 2018 World Cup – they reached the quarter-finals before being beaten 2-0 by England – Sweden will be keen not to miss out this time around, especially after under-performing in this summer’s Euros where they exited at the round-of-16 stage after losing 2-1 to Ukraine after extra-time.
This is a talented Sweden team, as they proved when beating the Spanish in Stockholm, but they will need to find their A-game if they are to get the win they need. They have been full of goals though, having scored 12 in their seven games, and will believe they can sneak the win they need, especially with Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in the fold.
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— Svensk Fotboll (@svenskfotboll) November 11, 2021
Spain vs SwedenPrediction
The win in Greece was massive for Spain and they will be full of confidence ahead of this game. With a good performance at the Nations League finals also in the bank, they will believe they can handle anything the Swedes can throw at them and emerge with a minimum of a draw.
Sweden will battle and make life tough for a Spanish team who will dominate the ball but it is hard to see the visitors having quite enough to win in what will be a hostile atmosphere. For me, despite the tempting price for a Sweden win, the value is still with a narrow home win.
Pick: Spain to win (-260) / Spain to win 2-0 (+550)