Germany vs Sweden Preview
Rustam is the younger man by 2-years. This bout was originally scheduled to take place last March, but Khabilov pulled out due to injury and Johnson defeated Stevie Ray. Kajan has been a road warrior, going in bouts in England, Japan, and the Philippines and will once again face a crowd favourite in Khabilov. He is while fighting inside the Octagon at home. Johnson is a capable fighter wherever the fight goes, but his level of aggression often gets himself in trouble.
In recent bouts, he has shown an improved focus on his defence- but that has resulted in a downturn in overall offence. In similar fashion, Khabilov is far from an overwhelming striker but supplements his vertical offence with a multitude of takedowns. He does have some pop in his vertical offerings, he is usually looking to close the distance and shoot.
The Canadian has an avenue to victory in this fight, but he needs to maintain an above average striking pace while keeping Khabilov on the feet for the duration of the bout.
That is not going to be easy. Taisumov has won 6 of his 7 UFC fights including 5 in row- all by knockout. Green is the younger man b a year. A capable wrestler, Green has had mixed results inside the Octagon.
He successfully took Michel Prazeres down on 3 occasions but also gave up a trio of takedowns. Rustam Khabilov completed 3 as well. The biggest knock on Green has been his lack of aggression, but against Tibau he showed an increased focus on striking output,. Green was recently involved in car accident in which 2 people lost their lives. Piling up the body count, Taisumov has knocked out 16 opponents- 5 in the UFC. He is the first and only man to have knocked out each of the last 3 fighters he has faced.
He throws heavy combinations and augments his boxing with a strong kicking attack. Taisumov has not fought a full minutes since his loss to Michel Prazeres. His longest fight during his current streak lasted just seconds into the middle round. Nonetheless, Green has struggled with less capable strikers than Taisumov and unless Desmond is able to offer an uptick in his offense striking and wrestling , he is going to struggle.
Taisumov needs to be mindful of going for the finish early and gassing out. Mairbek outworks Green, landing the more frequent and impactful strikes- my prediction is Mairbek Taisumov to defeat Desmond Green by decision. A pair of fighters coming off of devastating defeats will try to return to the win column as Magomed Ankalaev takes on Marcin Prachnio in the Light Heavyweight division. Ankalaev dominated Paul Craig in his debut, before surrendering the tap to a triangle choke at the 4: Prachnio made his debut against Sam Alvey, getting hurt during an exchange before walking face-first into the fight-ending knockout blow.
The Russian is the younger man by 4-years. In his debut, the big Russian dominated the majority of the action, outlanding his foe Magomed did get taken down on a couple of occasions, but he was able to counter into top position. From top position, he is capable of unleashing brutal, fighting ending ground and pound. An aggressive finisher, Prachnio has stopped 11 opponents, 10 by knockout, and all 11 in the first frame. Marcin tends to hold his hands a little low and was overextending on his strikes.
Building on his Kyokushin background, his techniques had good pop behind them and he was effectively mixing up his offence to the head and body.
His body language suggested he never got comfortable prior to the end of the fight. Prachnio should also have a better performance with his debut behind him as well as fighting a little closer to home. Sat, Sep 22 Ponzinibbio Live on FS1. Headlines TV Schedule Forum. Fight Pass Early Prelims. Streaming Live Eddie Bravo Invitational: Streaming Live Team Grappling: Streaming Live UFC Till - "I'm focused on making and then destroying Woodley".
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Sweden find themselves joint-top with Mexico after just one game. Both won , which means that the current goal difference is identical. Germany have work to do and are joint-bottom with South Korea. With Germany losing their opening group match, the remaining fixtures in Group F could be very interesting indeed. Sweden come into this match having already gained three points from their opening match and would regard a draw as a very good result in their quest for round of 16 qualification.
Germany, on the other hand, need a win and will hope that the problems that plagued them throughout the Mexico match will not be repeated. Germany need nothing less than a victory in this match and Sweden will probably play it tight knowing that their European opponents cannot afford to make any mistakes. Joachim Low is likely to go with a very similar line up as in the Mexico game and will be expecting much better performances from his men here.
Sweden will defend resolutely but expect Germany to get off the mark in this one. Thomas Muller has the most World Cup goals of any current player and Sport are offering good value on the German attacker getting the first goal against Sweden. With so much resting on the second round of fixtures this could be a particularly tight game. Germany only allowed four goals in their entire qualifying campaign so will be hoping that their defensive quality will return after the disaster against Mexico.
Sweden are also able to get players behind the ball and will possibly have one eye on their own Mexico match after their victory over South Korea. Expect a tense game between these northern European sides with neither side wanting to make a mistake. Their defence was watertight and conceded just four times during qualifying.
Thomas Muller — 5 Goals — Timo Werner — 3 Goals —