Sweden-Germany Betting Preview: Why the visitors look good value to seize early initiative

Erik Hamren's men go head-to-head with Joachim Low's side in what promises to be an entertaining game, and our tipster expects the visitors to lead at half-time in Solna
Germany secured their place at World Cup 2014 with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Republic of Ireland on Friday night and die Mannschaft will look to round of their qualification campaign in style when they take on Sweden on Tuesday evening.

The Germans have been in impressive form throughout qualifying, winning eight of their nine Group C fixtures and Joachim Low's men are 8/11 (1.73) favourites with William Hill to claim another three points in Solna.

Germany’s only slip in qualification came against Erik Hamren’s men last October when the Swedes came from 4-0 down to force a stunning 4-4 draw in Berlin, and the hosts are available at a chunky 3/1 (4.0) with William Hill to get the better of thier hosts on this occasion. The draw is available at a tempting 11/4 (3.75) with the same firm.

Sweden’s dramatic late victory over Austria on Friday night ensured Erik Hamren’s men of a play-off berth and, with little at stake for either side, this match may lack the intensity that would normally be expected of a World Cup qualification fixture.

Nevertheless, the odds compilers are expecting goals here with William Hill offering just 6/10 (1.60) that both teams hit the target on Tuesday, while the same firm also offer 6/10 (1.60) that at least three goals are scored in Solna.

It is worth noting that just four of Sweden’s 16 goals during qualification so far have come in the first half, while Germany have yet to concede a first-half goal in Group C so the 5/4 (2.25) quote from William Hill for Joachim Low’s men to lead at half-time looks to be excellent value.

Given Sweden’s propensity for late goals throughout the qualification campaign, there may also be value in backing most goals to arrive in the second-half at an appealing 19/20 (1.95) with William Hill.

Germany, though, may well feel that they have a point to prove after their capitulation in the corresponding fixture and, thus, there is plenty of value in backing Low’s side to lead at half-time at a juicy 5/4 (2.25) with William Hill on Tuesday evening.

Germany to lead at half-time at 5/4 (2.25) 2pt stake with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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