Competition: World Cup qualifiers
Market: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime
Odds: 4/6 @ 888sport
Welcoming back their national icon on Thursday night, Sweden will look to get their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a flying start when they host Georgia.
Starting with the hosts, last seen back in November getting hit with a 4-2 defeat against defending world champions France, Sweden only continued to show a string of issues last year. Collecting just a single win from their six Nations League contests and dropping down to Group B, The Yellows have now turned back to a former icon to steady the ship. Looking to fire Sweden to the 2022 World Cup finals and set to feature at this year’s European Championships, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will mark his return in midweek. Only continuing to shock many and enjoying another real purple patch with Italian giants AC Milan, the 39-year-old was last seen heading into the international break with a goal against Fiorentina earlier in the month. With 17 strikes so far this season, the former Manchester United ace should be confident of making a goalscoring return on Thursday.
As for the visitors, while Georgia might have opened last year’s Nations League campaign with a flurry, it appears that was just a minor bounce for The Crusaders. Last seen playing out a dull 0-0 stalemate against Estonia on home soil back in November, Head Coach Willy Sagnol has seen his side fail to win any of their last five matchups across all formats. Also failing to book their spot at this year’s European Championships after a 1-0 loss against North Macedonia in Tbilisi, it should also be noted that The Whites have managed to win just one of their last five fixtures on foreign soil. Facing what should be an overwhelming test when they mark Ibrahimovic’s return on Thursday, it is hard to see anything other than a long night’s work for Georgia.
Bet: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 4/6 to score anytime against Georgia in Thursday’s World Cup qualifier @ 888sport