LIVE STREAM: Friday Night Football from Sweden – Tyresö Royal Crowns v Stockholm Mean Machines 6:30 pm CET

In the only true “derby” of the year in Sweden, crosstown rivals the Tyresö Royal Crowns and Stockholm Mean Machines will square off in the fifth edition of Friday Night Football in Sweden at Tyresövallen park outside Stockholm.

This is the first meeting between these two teams this year but Stockholm’s record against the Royal Crowns since 2010 is dismal. They have lost nine straight games stretching back to the 2010 Swedish championship game. Since then Tyresö has played in three Swedish championship games while the Mean Machines have been cellar dwellers.

This season is different.

Stockholm WR Michael Sander leads the league in receiving

Stockholm enters the game as the favorites after trouncing the Uppsala 86ers last week 48-13. Meanwhile, Tyresö was stripped of its only win of the season for the use of an ineligible player. And the team has lost many of its players, some of whom switched to Stockholm. With three coaches, four players and a kicker who played for Tyresö in 2016 now playing for Stockholm, there is no doubt this will be a heated game.

And to top it off, in a six-team league, this game has become a must win for both teams.

The Royal Crowns are coming off a much-needed bye week and will see the return of  Finnish national team quarterback Otso Flinkman. Meanwhile, Stockholm’s Anders Hermodsson is the second leading quarterback in Sweden having thrown for 878 yards and five touchdowns. And he has also rushed for 78 yards and four touchdowns.

Photo: Lars Johnson

Stockholm’s Michael Sander leads the Swedish league in receiving with 21 catches for 386 yards and two touchdowns while teammate Omar Fall is fifth with 221 yards on seven receptions. The Royal Crowns secondary will have their work cut out for them. Tyresö running back Emil Knutsson is looking to get back on track after a dismal season so far.

Stockholm’s defense is anchored by Noghor Jemide who played for Tyresö last year. Royal Crowns linebacker Erik Rauge is the third leading tackler in the league.

Kickoff is 6:30 pm (12:30 EDT) and the game is being broadcast live on CMore in Sweden (PPV) and shown in a tape delay at 10:20 pm on TV4.

Watch the game live (Pay per View) by clicking here. Click on the button that says “Prova 2 veckor gratis – Try it for 2 weeks for free” . Then fill in your email address, name and password and click Skapa konto, Open account. Add your credit card number. You have two weeks free viewing. After that, if you don’t cancel it costs 99 Swedish kronor, or about $11 per month.

Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.