Germany and Sweden have a long footballing history. The nations faced each other 15 times before Germany split into West Germany, East Germany and Saarland.
Before the start of World War II, Germany won five times and Sweden six times, with two draws.
After World War II, West Germany beat Sweden six times, lost five times and drew four games.
After east German sports organisations ceased to exist after 1990 following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, a reunified Germany are unbeaten in six games against Sweden, winning four times and drawing twice.
Germany central defender Mats Hummels is unlikely to feature after hurting his neck in training, Joachim Low said.
Sweden scout Roger Sandberg is not expecting Germany to make many changes despite a defeat to Mexico.
A likely replacement for Hummels is Antonio Rudiger but Low said he would wait until tomorrow to see Hummels’ condition.
Sweden, meanwhile, could be missing a few men due to illness and injury. Three players, including starting central defender Pontus Jansson, remained in Gelendzhik on Friday after becoming ill with a stomach bug while the rest of the team flew to Sochi.
In a statement posted on the Swedish Football Association website, team doctor Anders Valentin said defenders Jansson and Filip Helander, and midfielder Marcus Rohden all became ill on Thursday night. Unsure if the illness was contagious, the decision was made to keep the three players behind at Sweden’s training base
Illness isn’t the only issue Sweden is dealing with. Forward Isaac Kiese Thelin hurt his ankle in practice and did not train on Friday when the Swedes worked out at Fisht Stadium. Kiese Thelin came on as a substitute in the 77th minute of the opener against South Korea.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press and Reuters.
Predicted starting line-ups
Germany XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Rudiger, Plattenhardt, Kroos, Khedira, Muller, Ozil, Draxler, Reus
Sweden XI: Olsen, Augustinsson, Granqvist, Lindelof, Lustig, Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Berg, Toivonen
Group F : Sat 6/23,
23June : 2018
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