Portugal vs. Sweden 10/14/20 UEFA Nations League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portugal 2-1-0, Sweden 0-0-3
10/14/20 2:45 pm
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Portugal is hosting Sweden at Jose Alvalade in round 4 in the UEFA Nations League.
Portugal hasn’t lost any of their last 4 games, but they also haven’t won any of their last 2 games during which Portugal hasn’t scored or conceded a goal. The latest news for Portugal is that Cristiano Ronaldo is positive for Coronavirus, and he will miss this game for Portugal, and probably a couple of the next games for Juventus. No other Portuguese players are infected. This is the third positive test for Portugal in the last week. In their group in the Nations League, Portugal is in first place with 7 points, 6 scored goals, and 1 conceded goal. In their latest Nations League match against France on the road, Portugal has had 51% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and high 89% of the correct passes. This match ended in a 0-0 draw. Portugal is a team with two different soccer styles, one with Ronaldo, and one without Ronaldo in the lineup, and I actually think Portugal is playing better without Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo is the leading goalscorer with 2 goals, while Silva, Concelo, Felix, and Jota each added 1 goal. Felix, Silva, Guerreiro, and Pepe each added 1 assist. Portugal is a good team with players who are playing in some of the best teams in the world, and without Ronaldo in the lineup for this match, I think we can expect a fantastic game from Portugal.
Sweden is still without a win in the Nations League, and they are in the last place with 0 points, 1 scored goal, and 5 conceded goals. The only win in their last 4 games came against Russia in a friendly match. In their last match against Croatia on the road, Sweden was solid with 46% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 79% of the correct passes. Sweden was the worse team in the first half, but they came out determined in the second half, and they were even able to score a goal in the 66th minute. Despite scoring a goal, Sweden has lost this match 2-1. Marcus Berg is the only goalscorer for Sweden in the Nations League, while Forsberg added 1 assist. Sweden will most likely end the Nations League in the last place, but the good news for them is that Sweden has already qualified for the Euro Cup next year. Sweden is proving each game that they can play well in the midfield and on the defensive end, but they lack offense most of the time, and only because of that I don’t see Sweden advancing past the group stage in the Euro Cup.
Portugal hasn’t lost any of their last 6 games, while they haven’t lost any of their last 17 home games. Sweden is on a 3-game losing streak in the Nations League. I think this could be a good game, but Sweden has shown us some great things in their match against Croatia, and for that reason, I will give this a shot at a draw.