Portugal vs Sweden Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Portugal vs Sweden predictions for Tuesday’s international friendly in Madeira. Portugal hope to extend their winning streak when they host Sweden. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Portugal VS Sweden Predictions
Full Time: 2 - 3
Handicap Tip: Portugal -1 lose
Reason For Portugal VS Sweden Betting Tips
Portugal continued their excellent run of form on Saturday as Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva inspired them to a 3-0 win over Hungary, making it four wins in a row. In these four games they have scored 19 goals and conceded just once.
However, their 2-0 loss in Switzerland back in September could prove crucial come the end of this qualifying campaign. Portugal remain behind the perfect record of the Swiss, and they will need to make up that three point deficit in order to automatically qualify for the World Cup.
Sweden were expected to struggle massively without the influence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his retirement in the summer, but they have actually responded really well to that expected setback.
The visitors beat Belarus 4-0 on Saturday to follow on from an emphatic 6-0 friendly win over Slovakia in January. They have won five, drawn one, and lost two of their eight games since Ibrahimovic retired, scoring 19 goals and conceding just five in the process. To put that into perspective,their last 19 goals took them 13 games to score, so they are definitely improving.
This has taken them to 2nd in their World Cup qualifying group, three points adrift of France but three points ahead of the out of form Holland down in 4th. Bulgaria sit between them on nine points.
They are facing a Portugal side who have won seven on the bounce at home though, scoring 30 goals and conceding twice in the process. Sweden have won four, drawn two, and lost two of their last eight on the road.
Portugal are in great form at the moment, and look defensively sound as well as ruthless going forward. Cristiano Ronaldo has netted nine goals in his last four games for Portugal so odds of 4/6 for him to score anytime actually look good value for our goalscorer predictions.
I do expect Portugal to get another win here, and considering six of their last seven home games have seen them win by at least a two goal margin and they have won all of them, odds of 2.1 for a Portugal -1.0 Asian Handicap look good value. I’m backing that alongside a 3-0 correct score predictions at 10/1.