Portugal vs Sweden Prediction and Betting Preview 14 Oct 2020

Portugal vs Sweden PredictionCurrent holders of the UEFA Nations League trophy, Portugal play host to Sweden at Estadio Jose Alvalade, as they continue their quest to defend their victory at the inaugural edition of the tournament held last year.
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Match status: 2020 UEFA Nations League
Venue: Estádio José Alvalade (Lisbon)
The Portugese have gone about defending their title in ruthless fashion, winning two and drawing one of their three opening fixtures.
Sweden, on the other hand, have seen their aspirations turn to dust, and at this point, it is safe to say they’re just playing for pride. 

Portugal vs Sweden Team News

Last time out, Portugal were held to a goalless draw by France, in a matchup that promised so much, yet delivered little. As reflected by the final stats, neither team outplayed each other, with both teams tied on possession, as well as goal attempts.

Nevertheless, that win was enough to ensure that Portugal remain top in what is, one of the UEFA Nations League’s toughest groups. 

Last year’s winners are in pole position to defend their crown next year, with seven points from their opening three fixtures, and a superior goal difference enough to see them sit atop Group 3, ahead of European heavyweights, France. 
The Navigators are also, arguably, the best side in the tournament so far, having scored six times, and conceded just once in that period. 

Sweden’s abysmal performance in this year’s Nations League campaign continued as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Croatia, in their last outing. The Swedes fell behind to a Niko Vlasic goal midway through the first half, but a Marcus Berg goal in the second half gave them hope of securing all three points. 

However, Croatian forward, Andrej Kramaric had other ideas, and his strike, late in the second half, ensured the Swedes would be going home with nothing. The Swedes sit bottom of Group 3, with no points from their opening three fixtures, and are all, but out of the running to make next year’s finals.

The reverse fixture between these two sides ended with a 0-2 victory for Fernando Santos’ side, away from home. It is also worth noting that Portugal and Sweden have faced each other 19 times in the past, with the Portugese coming out on top six times, and the Swedes recording seven wins.

However, three of the last four matches between these teams have ended in victories for Portugal, and Fernando Santos’ men will certainly be fancying their chances in this one.  

Injured or Suspended Players

Portugal: No injuries or suspensions.
Sweden: No injuries or suspensions.

Pre-Match Odds

Portugal: 1.47
Draw: 4.3
Sweden: 7.5

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

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Who will win the match?

Portugal vs Sweden Predictions

The odds are firmly stacked against Sweden, as Portugal are overwhelming favourites to come out tops in what should be a straightforward win for the European champions. The Navigators are in great form, and coupled with their strong home record against the Swedes – one loss in 36 years – this looks to be an easy pick.

Also, with a record for the most international goals in sight, talismanic forward, Cristiano Ronaldo is a man of a mission, and you can expect this to translate into a couple of goals for Portugal.
Our Betting Tip:
X2 @ 2.28
Correct Score:
Portugal 1-1 Sweden @ 7.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score:
BTTS @ 2.20
Match Winner:
Draw @ 3.76
Double Chance:
X2 @ 2.28
Under 2.5 @ 1.74
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