Portugal v Sweden Preview

November 14, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_new2014 World Cup Qualification 1st Leg Play-Off action Friday Night comes from Estadio do Sport featuring Portugal versus Sweden.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Portugal v Sweden Preview, 2014 World Cup Qualification, Friday 15th November 2013

With the 3 – 0 victory over Luxembourg now in the bag it also secured Portugal’s play off spot against Sweden Friday night in the 1st leg. It took half hour to break down a side who went down to 10 men early on after Joachim see red on 28 minutes. It only took 2 minutes before Portugal made advantage of the extra man as Varela broke the deadlock with Nani following suit 6 minutes later when he smashed home the 2nd. Postiga finished off the game after a Luxembourg fightback was dismissed.

With Swedish striking legend Zlatan Ibragimovic stating the his side are indeed the underdogs for this match against Portugal in which he only spoke of admiration for the countries recent achievements in football, and that Sweden need to overcome a huge hurdle if they are to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year. With Sweden the team in better fprm the coach Erik Hamren believes his side should purely focus on their own strengths and not that of the Portuguese.

Portugal v Sweden Team News

Portugal Team News:

Portugal only have a couple of players who have pulled out of Fridays qualifiers, with Fabio Coentrao out with a sprained ankle and Joao Pereira also missing with a hamstring injury.

Sweden Team News:

No recorded injury issues for this Swedish side, as Ibrahimovic looks set to start yet another international match and continue his impressive score tally.

Portugal v Sweden Head to Head Statistics

Every now and then two teams meet and all they seem to do is cancel each other out and finish the game a draw, much like Portugal and Sweden here with only one win by Portugal in the last 5 head to head results, the rest ending as a draw. It was only back in the early eighties the results were more open with both teams winning equally.

28/03/09 WQE Portugal – Sweden
0 : 0
11/10/08 WQE Sweden – Portugal
0 : 0
28/04/04 FRI Portugal – Sweden
2 : 2
16/10/02 FRI Sweden – Portugal 2 : 3
12/10/88 FRI Sweden – Portugal 0 : 0

Average Goals Per Game?

With only 9 goals scored in the last 5 head to head results, Friday nights football is not looking to be too exciting with another potential draw on the cards. With a goals per game average of 1.8 I would be hoping for too many balls to be hitting the net as in the last 2 results we have only seen goalless games.

Portugal v Sweden Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Portugal: W D L W D

Sweden: L W W W W

With Sweden’s run of form you may well be asking why they are having to qualify, the reason is they actually came 2nd to Germany who finished an incredible 8 points clear after the 10 qualifying matches.

Portugal v Sweden Match Betting Odds Market.

Portugal are the bookmakers favourites for Fridays clash with the best odds coming in @ 4/6 with Ladbrokes – £30 Free Bets when Registering a New Account.

The Draw is of course a serious option here considering these two nations seem to always find that result after 90 minutes with the best odds found @ 3/1 with Bet365 – £200 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

Sweden are indeed the underdogs here with bookmakers giving reasonable odds for them to win with the best found here @ 9/2 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers)

Portugal v Sweden Match Betting Tips, Predictions & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Fridays match will be a good one regardless of their previous bore no score draws and you would have to give Portugal the advantage for this match with being at home. but what score to go for as they always seem to cancel each other out in previous results and it makes little difference be it a friendly or as important as a World Cup Qualifier.

But over the 90 minutes I myself plan to back the Portuguese in a 2 – 1 win on the night, the other for Manchester Uniteds winger Nani to score anytime during the game. I think both predictions are very achievable and right now with looking at the statistics I also feel Sweden could win at home but with Portugal stealing the result with a better goal difference.

The Verdict

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