The Portuguese national team is fighting the French for the top spot in the UEFA Nations League group. Sweden is the obvious outsider of this quartet. Will the guests bring problems to the favorite in the match on October 14, 2020? – the answer will be given by the forecast of our experts.
Portugal won the 2019 UEFA Nations League debut season. Then the reigning European champions successfully passed the group stage, leaving behind the teams of Italy and Poland.
At the playoff stage, Fernando Santos’ charges first knocked out the Swiss (3: 1), and beat the Netherlands with a minimum score (1: 0) in the final.
The Portuguese started the new tournament with a confident victory over Croatia (4: 1), and in the second match Ronaldo’s double provided the team with an away victory over the Swedes (2: 0). The Portuguese brought the last match in France against the reigning world champions to a draw (0: 0). On the eve of the upcoming fight, it became known that Cristiano Ronaldo passed a positive test for COVID-19 . In this regard, the forward will miss the match.
In a recent test match, Portugal scored a draw with the Spanish national team (0: 0).
Sweden’s debut in the elite division of the UEFA Nations League has been challenging. Last season of the tournament, Janne Andersson’s team played in Division B, where they managed to bypass Russia in terms of additional indicators, and were four points ahead of the trio outsider – the Turkish team.
The Swedes have not yet scored points in the company with the leading European national teams. The team started the tournament with a minimal defeat from France at home (0: 1), after which they lost to Portugal (0: 2).
In a meeting with a direct competitor in the struggle for survival in the person of the Croatian national team, Andersson’s team also did not score points. In Zagreb, the Swedes conceded the second goal six minutes before the end of regular time, and suffered their third defeat in a row (1: 2).
Before the defeat in Croatia, the guests of the upcoming meeting were marked by an away victory over the Russian national team in a friendly match (2: 1).
Portugal are unbeaten in their last 15 home matches in all competitions.
Portugal have won four of their previous five home wins without conceding a goal.
Portugal defeated Sweden in three of the previous four head-to-head matches.
Portugal have scored at least three goals in three of their last four home games.
09/08/20 Sweden Portugal 0: 2
03/28/17 Portugal Sweden 2: 3
Portugal is deservedly considered the obvious favorite of this meeting. Santos’ team is fighting with the French for a ticket to the playoff round, and just like that they are not going to concede the first line to their principal rival. In Paris, the guests used the main squad without disqualification. The loss of the captain and the main scorer will certainly affect the performance of the hosts in attack.
As for Sweden , its chances of avoiding a return to Division B are rather slim, but the Scandinavians are known for their intransigence and fighting qualities. Of course, it will be difficult for the guests to cling to the points in the upcoming meeting, but they are quite capable of avoiding a major defeat.
We offer a combined forecast – Portugal will win plus total under 4.5 goals and we bet on this at Marathonbet bookmaker with odds of 1.70.