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World Cup Qualifying Betting: Sweden vs Austria

World Cup Qualifying Betting: Sweden vs Austria

Brian Lawless

A win at home today over Austria would lock up the playoff spot for Sweden. I like William Hill's headline offer of 3.00 for Ibrahimovic to score coupled with the Swedish win.

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Sweden is currently three points ahead of Austria with only two games left which is why today's game Group C clash is sure to be a very hard fought affair.

The Swedes have yet to lose at home with two wins and a draw so far and an overall record of 5-1-2 (W-L-T). With their final game coming against the already qualified but always tough Germans, the Scandinavian side will not want to wait until that final game to see where their fortunes lay.

The hosts are coming in at 1.73 and at 3.80 to win with both teams scoring. The latter result cracked when they met in Austria in which Sweden lost 2-1. The 2.70 for the halftime/fulltime is attractive though I prefer the headline offer from the British bookmaker instead.

That sees a goal from Ibrahimovic and a Swedish win offered at 3.00. The greatest striker in the history of their national team has five goals from eight matches averaging one per game over the last three games.

Without the win, the Ibrahimovic strike at any point in the game is at 1.91 while John Elmander can be taken at 2.25 to add to his three goal tally so far.

The over 2.5 total goals at 1.73 seems the preferred option as Austria need to win or see their playoff spot hopes out of their hands.