Sweden vs Portugal 11/19/2013 Free World Cup Playoff Pick and Preview
Portugal vs Sweden
Tuesday 19th November 2013 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Sweden Draw Portugal See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports;ESPN2
In all of the build up to the first leg the media built this game up as Ibrahimovich v Ronaldo , if it was a boxing match it would have been stopped. Ibrahimovich went missing and with his absense Sweden couldnt create anything meaningful in the opposition half. Ibrahimovich actually did not register a touch in Portugal's box for the entire ninty minutes. On the other side of the field Ronaldo was involved in everything Portugal did. He created chances, missed chances, made the goalkeeper work, won free kicks and eventually scored.
Sweden have a good solid unit but they really need Ibrahimovich to be at the top of his game to get through this game. Defensively the Swedes were very good in Portugal and frustrated Ronaldo and co for long periods. The question is now though can Ibrahimovich, Elmander and Larson raise their game for this playoff and will they take advantage of a home game?
Portugal were excellant in the first game they dominated both possession and chances and really could have won the game comfortably were it not for some way ward shooting and to be fair some excellant defending. Ronaldo was cutting a frustrated figure until his goal and was a little lucky not to get a red card after flicking a head in the direction of a Swedish player late in the second half.
Its a tough game and there are sure to be lots of nerves involves. I think we will see a cagey game though similar to the one in portugal and while it might open up after half time I think the first half is going to be a tense and strained affair. I'm going for the draw at half time again in this game as I just dont see either team going for it in the first half. Follow me on twitter@antonpipo