Sweden host Portugal in the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday. Ronaldo has scored seven goals in his last four matches against Sweden but has tested positive for COVID-19. Can Portugal overcome his absence in Lisbon?
Portugal started their UEFA Nations League title defence with a 4-1 win against Croatia. They hit the woodwork three times in a dominant win, taking 27-5 shots including 11-2 on target.
The Seleção produced another comfortable 2-0 win in Sweden. The Swedes were reduced to 10 men in the first half, Ronaldo taking advantage with his 100th and 101st goals for his country.
Portugal drew 0-0 against Spain in a friendly before a 0-0 draw against France in the Nations League. It was an even match in Paris, the European champions matching it against the World champions.
Portugal Team News
Joao Cancelo is a chance to start at left-back with Raphael Guerreiro starting both matches last week.
Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho could be given a start in midfield with William or Danilo getting a rest.
Cristiano Ronaldo has 167 caps and scored 101 international goals. He is close to breaking the all-time international goals record but won't get an opportunity here, the 35-year-old testing positive for COVID-19 and dropping out of Portugal's squad.
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Anthony Lopes, Rui Silva
Defenders: Pepe, Domingos Duarte, Raphaël Guerreiro, Rúben Dias, João Cancelo, Nélson Semedo, Nuno Sequeira, Rúben Semedo
Midfielders: João Moutinho, William Carvalho, Bernardo Silva, Danilo Pereira, Bruno Fernandes, Renato Sanches, Rúben Neves, Sérgio Oliveira, Daniel Podence
Forwards: André Silva, João Félix, Diogo Jota, Trincão
Sweden lost 1-0 against France to start the new UEFA Nations League season. It was a close match but they couldn’t match it against the World Cup champions.
Janne Andersson’ side lost 2-0 at home to Portugal with Gustav Svensson sent off on the stroke of half-time. They beat Russia 2-1 in a friendly in Moscow before another defeat in the Nations League.
Sweden lost 2-1 in Croatia, Marcus Berg equalising in the 66th minute before the hosts won with a late goal.
Sweden Team News
Defenders Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson and midfielder Jimmy Durmaz were not called up to the Sweden squad.
Centre-back Filip Helander is injured with Victor Lindelof and Pontus Jansson likely to start against Portugal.
Midfielder Gustav Svensson is available after suspension.
Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt
Defenders: Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelöf, Sebastian Holmén, Pierre Bengtsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson
Midfielders: Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal (vice captain), Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Mattias Svanberg, Ken Sema, Kristoffer Olsson, Dejan Kulusevski
Forwards: Marcus Berg, Robin Quaison, Alexander Isak, Sebastian Andersson, John Guidetti, Isaac Kiese Thelin
Portugal vs Sweden Head to Head
Sweden have a 7-6 advantage against Portugal with six draws in 19 matches. Portugal won 1-0 and 3-2 in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers Playoffs with Ronaldo scoring all four goals.
These nations last met in the UEFA Nations League in September, Portugal winning 2-0 in Stockholm with both goals scored by Ronaldo.
Portugal vs Sweden Odds
Portugal are 1.48 favourites at Unibet
with Sweden priced at 7.50 with bet365
. A draw is available at 4.50.
Portugal vs Sweden Stats
- Portugal have won 4 of their last 5 matches (UEFA Nations League).
- Portugal have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 6 matches including friendlies.
- Portugal have won 3 of their last 4 matches against Sweden (all competitions).
- Sweden have lost their last 3 matches (UEFA Nations League).