Sweden v Portugal betting tips



The Scandinavian side very nearly kept the Portuguese at bay for the full ninety minutes before Ronaldo stole in to break the deadlock, with the Swedes now hoping that some Zlatan Ibrahimovic magic can help them reach Brazil next summer.

Sweden are available at 11/4 with William Hill betting to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals, although they will have to come out of their shell in Stockholm after a largely defensive display in Lisbon as they looked to contain their opponents.

Paddy Power offer 7/4 that the home side win on the night, although a recent 5-3 reverse at home to Germany illustrates that Erik Hamren’s team can be vulnerable when they go on the offensive and the Portuguese are naturally well-placed to expose any gaps in the defence.

Indeed, the 9/5 about the visitors claiming victory in this second leg match looks attractive when you consider that Sweden will have to start taking risks if they don’t manage to find an early breakthrough, especially with Ronaldo capable of causing some major problems.

The Real Madrid forward will be desperate to take his place at the 2014 World Cup and is also one of the favourites to win the 2014 Ballon d’Or, with William Hill offering 4/1 that he scores the first goal of Tuesday’s encounter.

Nevertheless, Ibrahimovic feels that Sweden “have Portugal’s measure” ahead of the match in Solna, with the Paris Saint-Germain star one reason why the home side have a chance of getting over the line and they will be targeting a clean sheet during the ninety minutes which means just one goal will take the tie to extra-time.

Ibrahimovic was starved of chances in the first leg encounter although he’s a 9/2 chance to score first in this match and demonstrated in a friendly against England last year how he can destroy a team singlehandedly, with the forward plundering four goals on that occasion.

Paulo Bento’s team go into the tie with an advantage and a decent enough defence not to take too many chances initially, with Sky Bet offering 17/2 that there is No Goalscorer during the ninety minutes and if the game is goalless with an hour on the clock, we can be sure that the visitors will look to run the clock down.

Portugal are a 2/7 chance to qualify for the finals and know that scoring a goal will need Sweden needing to find the net three times during the ninety minutes to go through, with a 1-1 correct scoreline available at odds of 6/1.

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