Sweden - Portugal Betting Preview: Why neither side is likely to keep a clean sheet

Phil Kitromilides believes both sides will find the back of the net in Tuesday's deciding World Cup play off clash at the Friends Arena
Portugal are 90 minutes away from the World Cup after Cristiano Ronaldo's late goal gave them a valuable, albeit slender 1-0 lead in the first leg of their play-off with Sweden on Friday.

The contest in Lisbon was a somewhat nervy affair with the magnitude of the prize on offer clearly weighing on the respective minds' of the two sides. Sweden know an early goal in this second leg could put them in the driving seat and Paddy Power price a home victory at 8/5 (2.60).

Portugal meanwhile are offered at 7/4 (2.75) while the draw can be backed at 11/5 (3.20) with the same firm, who clearly believe there is little to chose between these two sides.

Following Friday's first leg which was not overflowing with clear cut chances, the bookies clearly see this as being a low scoring encounter with under 2.5 goals priced at just 4/6 (1.65).

Yet Portugal's scoring record has been solid, with the side netting in each of their last 13 matches, including against both Brazil and Netherlands.

Led by the relentless Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal should be backed to score against against a Sweden side whose only clean sheet in their last six games came against Kazakhstan, especially as this game is likely to be a little more open than the cagey affair that unfolded in Lisbon on Friday evening.

The Swedes are capable of netting too though, having scored in eight of their last nine matches, and have the added motivation of knowing that they must score to keep alive their World Cup hopes.

All this therefore means that backing both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) looks a solid option and one which has regularly paid out in matches involving these two sides over the last few months.

Both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) 1.5pt stake with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid