Prediction and odds for the game: Sweden (4/1) v France (8/11)
We are backing the draw at odds of 13/5
When: Saturday, 5th September 2020, Kick-off 19:45
Where: The Friends Arena
On Saturday night, Sweden and France go head-to-head at the Friends Arena in Group A3, in what promises to be a potentially fascinating clash.
The Scandinavian team have for so long punched above their footballing weight. Their most recent success came in qualifying for Euro 2021, finishing second in Group F behind Spain and ahead of local rivals Norway.
What was noticeable in Sweden’s recent games has been their ability to stop opponents scoring, as Janne Andersson’s team has kept clean sheets in five of their previous six international games. Those recent stellar defensive performances have contributed to under 2.5 goals scored in four of their previous five international matches.
Sweden built that that Euro 2021 qualification on the back of finishing their inaugural Nations League campaign on a positive note. Andersson’s team finished their last campaign with a three-game unbeaten run, including victories over Turkey and Russia in their final two group games. The home side finished the competition by topping their group.
The recent history of this fixture favours the home side, as they have won two of their last three meetings with the World Cup champions.
The visitors head into this potentially difficult clash on the back of a run of ten wins in their last 12 international outings. Like the home side, Les Bleus recent matches have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in three of their last four international games.
The world champions coasted to Euro 2021 qualification, topping their group, having won eight of their previous ten matches in qualifying. They were prolific towards the end of their Euro 2021 qualifying campaign, scoring at least twice in five of their last seven matches.
France endured a mixed campaign in the first Nations League, winning two of their four matches and finishing second to the Netherlands in a tough group. Les Bleus only scored four goals in the previous edition of the Nations League.
The visitors failed to find the net on their travels in their two games in the first Nations League campaign. Didier Deschamps team will be looking to up their game this time around, but they have a potentially tough group campaign.
This game could be a very tough one for the world champions, as Sweden are a tough team to face, especially on home soil. We believe this could be a very tight, and low-scoring encounter. As we previously mentioned, Sweden have a decent recent record against the visitors. With all these things in mind, we are backing this game to finish in a low-scoring draw.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 13/5 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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