Sweden v Denmark betting tips for the crucial Euro 2016 play off match which also renews hostilities between these Scandanavian neighbours. We have the best bets for the match.
Sweden v Denmark betting tips
It's always a closely contested match when these two nations meet and they arrive here with plenty at stake. A place in France 2016 is up for grabs and both of these sides won't want to be sat watching it on TV. They last met in Copenhagen for a friendly and it ended 1-0 to the Danes. Morten Olsen's side have won all 4 of the last contests between these sides, but I think they will struggle to break down a well organised Swedish side.
Denmark failed to score in their last 3 competitive games and and two of those were away from home, so they need to rediscover their goalscoring touch here. Nicklas Bendtner is one of their main goal threats, but as Arsenal fans know too well, he can't be relied upon. He does have a decent International record, but he can't carry the burden alone.
The Danes are ranked 10 places above their opponents and they haven't far to travel here, but neither side will want to give an inch to their opponents. The alarming stat is that Sweden have never scored against Denmark in a home qualifying match against their neighbours. All 3 matches contested here between these sides in all competitions have finished with fewer than 3 goals. The last one being played in 2009 with Denmark emerging 1-0 winners.
These teams are quite evenly matched in recent form, despite their goalscoring draught, Denmark have lost just 1 of their 5 away qualifying matches whilst the Swedes have been defeated just once in their 5 home matches.
One man who cannot be ignored is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the maverick PSG striker will have a big say over the 2 legs and he could be the difference between the sides. WIll he score in Solna though? He's scored in all of his last 6 PSG games in Ligue 1 and is in sparkling form and he could be the man to unlock the Danish defence.
I think Sweden will be slightly affected by the fact they threw away their qualification and will be desperate to beat their rivals from across the bridge. I think this one could end all square though as chances come and go. Denmark's recent lack of firepower worries me, but they are well-drilled in defence with Simon Kjaer earmarked to keep an eye on Zlatan.
The first of our Sweden v Denmark betting tips is for the match to end in a draw. It can be backed at 21/10 with Coral
Often in 2 legged ties, the first will be tight, tense and cagey with the contest finally opening up when they meet again. This could be the case. Denmark haven't scored in their last 3 away games whilst Sweden have kept two consecutive clean sheets – albeit against Moldova and Liechtenstein. Erik Hamren will expect the same again from his team and this one could lack goals.
The second of our Sweden v Denmark betting tips is for Both Teams to Score? No – It can backed at 7/10 with Coral
We've already mentioned the threat he possesses, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be desperate to qualify for the Euros as it could be his last appearance there. He is 34 now and will be nearing 40 by the time the next one comes around. There's no guarantees that Sweden will qualify for that of course and he will want to be responsible for guiding his side to France.
The third of our Sweden v Denmark betting tips is for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime. He can be backed at 4/5 with Coral ***
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Sweden v Denmark betting tips
Draw – 21/10
Both Teams to Score? No – 7/10
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Anytime Goalscorer 4/5
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