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Portugal and the Nations League – they just go together! After the reigning European champion was able to win the first edition of the controversial new competition, the perfect start into the second season was made on Saturday evening. At home against Croatia, Fernando Santos’ men had the upper hand 4-1 without Cristiano Ronaldo.
The performance shown over the weekend is certainly one of the main reasons why the best bookmakers offer lower odds on the away win in the duel between Sweden and Portugal on matchday two. Despite the home advantage, which will once again be in a slimmed-down form due to the lack of fans in UEFA competitions, the Scandinavians are therefore considered underdogs.
The fact that the “Tre Kronor” does not feel uncomfortable in this role was ultimately also acknowledged by the French without envy. The world champion struggled to a happy 1-0 victory in Stockholm and only fired a single shot on goal in the entire match. If the yellow-blue players manage to defend in a similarly compact manner on Tuesday, in our opinion between Sweden and Portugal the forecast of a maximum of two hits in the course of the game should pay off again.
Alternatively, it can even make sense to allude the very high odds of a surprise from the Andersson team with a low stake. Even if CR7 will return to the team on the part of the guests in all likelihood, the World Cup quarter-finalist of 2018 has proven time and again in the past that you can absolutely keep up at the top European level.
For the Swedish national team, the Nations League definitely has an important character. On the one hand, the Northern Europeans want to use the numerous competitive games against top opponents to prepare for the European Championship in 2021. On the other hand, relegation should be fixed in group 3 of division A at best.
The fact that coach Janne Andersson’s team is even allowed to play in the top division of the newly created format is thanks to the first edition in 2018/2019, when the yellow-blue team prevailed in Division B just ahead of the Russians and the Turks and thus the Ascent. Only a 2-0 win on the last match day at home against the Sbornaja made the jump to first place.
In the past calendar year, the “Tre Kronor” secured the second direct ticket for the pan-European finals next year with just one defeat in the European Championship qualification. The world number 17 remained until the weekend. unbeaten in eight consecutive international matches (six wins, two draws) before world champions France celebrated a narrow 1-0 win at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
The performance of the Scandinavians should be encouraging, because goalkeeper Olsen did not have to intervene at all with the exception of the goal. In the end, the home side even had a higher percentage of possession, more deals and more appropriate passes. Not least because of this, from our point of view it is not one hundred percent comprehensible that a tip on the double chance 1 / X is considered so unlikely between Sweden and Portugal.
The under 2.5 should also be kept in mind, given the strong defensive performance and the fact that in 2018 an opponent was last able to score more than one goal in Stockholm. Many changes in the starting XI are not expected. Only Serie A legionnaire Kusulevski is pushing into the team.
The Portuguese national team has played seven matches in the Nations League so far. Six wins and a single draw underline the intimate love relationship that the 2019 winner has built with the European tournament, which is controversial in insider circles. On Saturday, the European champions from 2016 convinced again across the board on the first day of the second edition.
At home against the World Cup finalists, coach Fernando Santos’ protégés played themselves into a real frenzy at times and in the end clearly got the upper hand with 4: 1. The “Selecao das Quinas” benefited in particular from a weak and sometimes blue-eyed performance by the Croatians, who allowed themselves numerous ball losses and thus invited the defending champion to score goals.
The compact and stable Sweden Portugal will not do it that easy. Logically, the prognosis for a tendency towards a few goals in the upcoming duel is close. Interesting: In four of the six Nations League games 2018/2019, no more than two hits were ultimately scored.
The hope on Tuesday evening is of course Cristiano Ronaldo, who was last missing but should now return to the team. Together with actors like Joao Felix or Bernardo, the superstar forms the outstanding offensive, which in the past often found it difficult to bring its own quality to the field. We remember the flattering 2-0 win against Luxembourg in the European Championship qualification, the 1-2 defeat in Ukraine or the point losses against Serbia and again the Ukraine, all of which came about against a massive line of defense.
Sweden vs Portugal head to head matches
28.03.17 FI Portugal Sweden 2 : 3
19.11.13 WC Sweden Portugal 2 : 3
15.11.13 WC Portugal Sweden 1 : 0
28.03.09 WC Portugal Sweden 0 : 0
11.10.08 WC Sweden Portugal 0 : 0