There's nothing on the line for Germany or Sweden in Tuesday night's Group C World Cup qualifying match; both sides have punched their tickets to Brazil and are assured of a one-two finish in the table regardless of the outcome in Solna.
Although it's a glorified friendly, Germany will seek to earn some revenge and atone for their only setback in Group C—a 4-4 draw with Sweden in Berlin during the first leg of this matchup in 2012.
Needless to say, the No. 3 team in FIFA's world rankings wants to settle the score with Sweden.
Although Joachim Low's side lost to the United States and drew even with Paraguay in friendlies earlier this summer, Germany has responded from those setbacks with three straight 3-0 wins over Austria, Faroe Islands and Republic of Ireland.
The Swedes, managed by former player Erik Hamren, have won each of their last four decisions and would like to head into the playoffs on a high note with another victory over one of the world's top teams.
We'll prepare fans of both sides for all the action with a complete match preview below.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. ET)
Where: Friends Arena; Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
Watch: GOL TV
Live Stream: LiveSport.TV
Odds*: Sweden (+375), Germany (-165), Draw (+300)
*Odds via Bovada, accurate as of 10/14/13.
European Group C World Cup Qualifying Table
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Germany Seeks Revenge
Germany has already secured their spot in Brazil, and as a result, Low expects to be awarded with a new contract sometime in the near future. As reported by Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke, dominating Group C has certainly helped his cause.
That said, Low and Co. will not soon forget their last match with Sweden.
A perfect 30-point finish was ruined in Berlin last October, when Germany blew a four-goal lead and allowed Sweden to draw even by the end of the match.
Miroslav Klose had a brace for the Germans and Mesut Ozil added an early second-half goal to increase the lead to four, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal just six minutes later started a comeback that would finish with Rasmus Elm's strike in stoppage time.
Nearly a year later, you can bet the sting of that draw still resonates with Germany.
Germany 2, Sweden 1
Although there's little doubt Low will allow his reserves to play a hefty portion of this match, Germany is a deep side and has the talent to keep things close with their first-teamers on the sideline.
Ibrahimovic is on an epic tear for Sweden during World Cup qualifying, but he will have a tough time against a German defense that has yielded just seven goals in nine qualifying matches.
Germany has more to play for in this match than other sides in similar positions, largely because of the draw in 2012 lingering heavy in their minds. However, momentum for the World Cup can't be overstated, and Germany needs that confidence just like Sweden does.
Behind a pair of first-half goals, Germany picks up a victory to get to 28 points in the table. Luckily for Sweden, their World Cup dreams won't be over with the loss.
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