Sweden host Portugal in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday. Portugal are firing on all cylinders after crushing Croatia 4-1, can they overcome Sweden in Solna?
Sweden qualified for the European Championship after finishing second in Group F. They lost one of their 10 games, finishing five points behind Spain and four points ahead of Norway.
Janne Andersson’ side drew 1-1 against Spain before a 2-0 win in Romania and 3-0 win against Faroe Islands. The Scandinavians competed in two non-FIFA friendlies in January, winning 1-0 against Moldova and Kosovo.
Sweden lost 1-0 against France to start the new Nations League season. It was a close match but they couldn’t quite match it against the World Cup champions.
Sweden Team News
Defenders Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson and midfielder Jimmy Durmaz were not called up to the Sweden squad. Experience comes from defender Mikael Lustig (82 caps), midfielder Sebastian Larsson (118) and striker Marcus Berg (76 caps).
Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof is likely to partner Pontus Jansson against Portugal. 20-year-old prospects Dejan Kulusevski and Aleksandar Isak continue to wait for chances in the starting side.
Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt
Defenders: Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelöf, Sebastian Holmén, Pierre Bengtsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, 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 won the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League, overcoming Italy and Poland in the group stage before beating Switzerland and Netherlands in the finals.
The Seleção qualified for the European Championship after finishing second in Group B. Fernando Santos’ side lost 2-1 in Ukraine but rebounded with a 6-0 win against Lithuania and 2-0 win in Luxembourg.
Portugal got the new Nations League campaign off to a winning start with a 4-1 win against Croatia. They were far too strong in Porto even without Ronaldo, João Cancelo, Diogo Jota, João Félix and André Silva on target.
It could have been a bigger margin, Portugal hitting the woodwork three times in the first half and ending the contest with 27-5 shots including 11-2 on target.
Portugal Team News
Midfielders William Carvalho, Pizzi and João Mário and were not called up. Winger Rafa Silva is another player to miss out.
Central defender Domingos Duarte was called up but might have to wait for his international debut.
Midfielder Bruno Fernandes' availability is in question following the birth of his child. He could be replaced by Ruben Neves.
Captain and influential forward Cristiano Ronaldo has 164 caps and 99 international goals. He missed the Croatia match with a foot injury but could return in Sweden.
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Anthony Lopes, Rui Silva
Defenders: Pepe, José Fonte, Raphaël Guerreiro, Rúben Dias, João Cancelo, Nélson Semedo, Mário Rui, Domingos Duarte
Midfielders: João Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Danilo Pereira, André Gomes, Bruno Fernandes, Renato Sanches, Rúben Neves, Sérgio Oliveira
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Captain), André Silva, Gonçalo Guedes, João Félix, Diogo Jota, Trincão
Sweden vs Portugal Head to Head
Sweden have a 7-5 advantage against Portugal with six draws in 18 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 a 2017 friendly, Sweden winning 3-2 in Madeira after overturning a 2-0 half time deficit.
Sweden vs Portugal Odds
Portugal are 1.95 favourites at bet365 with Sweden priced at 4.90 with Unibet. A draw is available at 3.55.
Sweden vs Portugal Stats
- Sweden have lost 2 of their last 3 home matches (UEFA Nations League).
- Portugal have won 8 of their last 9 matches (all competitions).
- Portugal have won by 2+ goals in 6 of their last 7 matches (all competitions).