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Peru vs. Sweden - 6/9/18 International Friendly Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Sweden vs. Peru
Date & Time Saturday June 9, 2018, 1:15 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Peru +204 / Swe +157 / Draw +215 -- Over/Under: 2
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Soccer | Sweden vs. Peru
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Sweden and Peru meet Saturday in International Friendly soccer action at Friends Arena.

Sweden plays its last friendly match before it makes its first World Cup appearance since 2006 with an opening match against South Korea. Sweden is coming off a 0-0 draw against Denmark and hasn’t won a match since its previous meeting against Denmark back in January. The Blue-Yellowhave become more a balanced team since Zlatan Ibrahimović stepped away from international play, as this squad focuses more on defense and moving the ball on offense. Sweden forces its opponents into a lot of mistakes and has seven different players with at least five goals scored. Sweden has been shutout in each of its last two matches, but if this club can find some offensive success early, this will be a team that can surprise while sending home a few stronger sides home earlier than expected. 

Peru plays its final friendly match before it opens up its World Cup run with a match against Denmark. Peru has been on quite a tear recently, winning each of its last five matches, which includes a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Peru got a much needed boost to their chances of success in the tournament when Paolo Guerrero was granted the right to play despite a drug ban, and he scored twice in the most recent match for the White and Red. Two teams are in better form right now than Peru, and with two experienced strikers in Guerrero and Jefferson Farfan leading the way, there’s reason to think this club could make some noise in its first World Cup appearance since 1982. 

There’s no previous meetings between these two sides.

At this point its about motivation, as both of these clubs have clinched a spot in the World Cup and aren’t trying to kill themselves to win a meaningless match. Sweden is the more balanced team and probably wins if they both play their best, but Peru has won five straight matches and is playing with much more excitement given the Guerrero news and the fact this club hasn’t played in the World Cup in forever.

In terms of a value bet, Peru winning may be the way to go.

Pick:
Peru

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