The grand finale of World Cup Qualifiers is here and the most anticipated match has Sweden hosting Portugal and trying to overcome a 1-0 deficit. The odds are dead even for both.
Sweden was so close to holding a 0-0 bore draw from the first leg in Portugal on Friday, but Cristiano Ronaldo finally delivered the valuable lead late in the game. Today, it is do or die for Ibrahimovic and Co., as a loss or draw ensures their elimination from participating at next year's World Cup.
The first game was pretty even in the opening 45 minutes, but Portugal stepped up and dominated the second half. But as has always been the case with the Seleção, a lack of finishing has been their Achilles Heel. Expect Paulo Bento's men to hold the fort again today, but don't expect an avalanche of goals on either side.
Sweden and Portugal come in exactly at 2.70 each to win the game outright. Sweden is paying 3.75 to qualify regardless of how it's accomplished, while Portugal is at a paltry 1.25. William Hill has a headline offer which sees an Ibrahimovic goal combined with the Sweden win at 4.00. Keep in mind, though, that Ibra was held to only a single shot last game while Ronaldo fired off seven.
Now, if Sweden wins it's one thing, but if Portugal gets that valuable away goal it forces the Scandinavians to score three, meaning they will look to pump up the offence which could also lead to Portuguese counter attacks.
I like the both teams to score pick with the tie result at 4.00. The 1-1 correct score pick adds some juice to the table with odds of 6.50. Even a Sweden 2-1 at 10.00 isn't that bad of a longshot, but I don't see Portugal's back four allowing a pair of goals.
The correct goalscorer picks are going to tempt you, with Ibra offered at 2.20 notch one while Ronaldo is listed at 2.00. For all the hype centred around these two, I expected that to be a bit lower than evens.