Although they were drawn in the same group with Euro 2016 finalists France, Sweden and the Netherlands have quite similar objectives as the French.
Both teams stated they will fight for first place, and with a hint of luck, they might even win it – without this hint of luck, they will both compete for second place, meaning that their direct games will prove to be critical in the economy of the group.
World Cup 2018 Qualifying: Betting Prediction, Odds & Tips
Sweden vs Netherlands – 6th September
Betting Odds: Sweden 3.30 or 23/10 Draw 3.30 or 23/10 Netherlands 2.37 or 11/8
Sadly, the Swedish team receives attention these days because this game is the first after Zlatan’s retire. The leader of the national team in recent years will be just another fan for this game, leaving his teammates to try and win points without him.
To make matters worse, the Swedish don’t have anyone ready to fill Zlatan’s shoes and win games almost by himself. They will now have to change their game and tactics significantly in order to be successful.
On the other side, the Dutch want to forget their latest qualification campaign as soon as possible, due to the fact that it ended in them missing the European Championship.
They now start a new campaign, but are in desperate need of new leaders – Sneijder, Van Persie and Robben are no longer the players they were 2 or 4 years ago. The new generation of Dutch footballers is facing their first real objective – to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
This is one of the hardest games to predict from Day 1 of these qualifications, because we haven’t seen the teams play so far. The Dutch haven’t found their style without their former great players, while the Swedish were completely dependent on Zlatan in recent times.
Sweden vs Netherlands Betting Prediction & Tips
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This is why we believe we will be faced with a rather dull game, with few chances and few goals – so an under 2,5 bet might be good, while an under 3,5 is almost sure to happen.
The home ground advantage could also lead Sweden to score a goal and maybe escape undefeated – a good value bet would be 1X, if you fancy the chance.
Total Goals – Under 2.5: 1.60 or 3/5
Sweden or Draw: 1.60 or 3/5