Sweden vs Italy World Cup 2018 Qualifiers Betting Tips And Offers
The most balanced game of the European playoffs for the World Cup in Russia is, without a doubt, the one between Sweden and Italy – both from a historical perspective as well as according to present results.
Both are teams which have participated in lots of editions of the World Cup, with Italy even winning a few. The Italians are far from the form that brought them world titles but are still a potent team. Not that the Nordics are any worse – finishing 2nd in a group with France and the Netherlands is no easy task.
Home ground advantage could prove essential in this double. The Swedish have the honor of hosting the first game of the series, in which they want to take any lead that they can get. Although they haven’t beaten Italy in an official game since 1987, they have all the reasons to believe they could do it now – they’ve even beat Euro 2016 finalists France at home.
With that good of a form, the Italians should be very careful about this game, though Ibrahimovic has long retired from the Swedish national team. He has been replaced by young strikers who can easily score against any opposition.
But Italy is hardly the team you want to be against in these encounters. Lots of their players are in great form at the moment. Immobile is the top goalscorer in Europe, all their teams are doing great in European cups, and Juventus isn’t dominating the Serie A as strong as last seasons.
Napoli, Inter, Milan, Roma, and Lazio are all close by – and all give quite a few players to the national team. They also have a great coach and good patience as a team, not minding leaving possession to their adversaries for prolonged periods of time.
They only finished second in their group because they couldn’t beat Spain at home, while losing to them away. That does mean that Italy can be beaten, but only by top-tier performances.
Betting Offers & Tips
We have quite a few betting recommendations for this fixture: first off, we believe we won’t see lots of goals. Sweden will have possession, but probably without materializing it into goals, while Italy will be very content with defending and playing counter-attack.
An under 2,5 goal bet is a great idea, as well as an X2 bet. We do believe that the Swedish team is relatively inexperienced and will not manage to carve the Italian defense open enough times.
Betting Tips & Latest Odds
Under 2.5 Golas @ 1.50 or 1/2
Italy & Under 2.5 Goals @ 4.33 or 10/3