Truth be told, if Sweden or Slovakia have ambitions of qualifying from Group E of Euro 2021, then they will need to win this game – the Sweden vs Slovakia betting odds, currently favouring Sweden at 1.78, suggest it’s a contest that is almost too close to call.
The reason why this game is so vital is that other teams in Group E are Spain and Poland, who you could argue are the strongest outfits in the bracket. So, three points here for the Swedes or the Slovaks is vital!
Getting them might be a different matter altogether. Sweden, who qualified for Euro 2021 with relative ease, have been in poor form since the start of the 2020/21 campaign and lost six of their last eight games in all competitions.
The truth is that they have been outclassed by the likes of Portugal, France and Croatia, so a step down in grade here to take on Slovakia will be welcome.
But let’s not completely write off the underdogs in our Sweden vs Slovakia betting picks. They beat both the Republic and Northern Ireland in the play-off system, and beat Hungary home and away in qualifying. Okay, so that’s hardly world-beating form, but it shows that they are capable.
Of course, the real question for our Sweden vs Slovakia preview is whether the Swedes, who will dominate the game, have the class to finish off their chances and defeat Slovakia in this must-win game.
They have the better players and the higher pedigree, so the Swedes were always likely to be named favourites in the Slovakia vs Sweden betting odds.
The bookmakers give Slovakia little chance of qualifying from Group E in their Euro 2021 betting odds, but Sweden are only fractionally behind Poland in their hierarchy so that’s another reason to favour the Scandinavians in this game.
Throughout the years, Sweden have had some tremendously gifted footballers but it has never quite come together for them on the major stage.
And we have to conclude that this present squad isn’t going to improve things on that front….
The news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come out of retirement is very good for Sweden, who will benefit from his physical presence, his goals and his larger-than-life personality.
If I’m going to be a part of the squad for the Euros we’re going to win the Euros. I only play to win. - Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eurosport
But otherwise this is not a vintage Sweden team. The spine is okay – Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof, RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg and frontman Zlatan are all excellent players, but the Swedish set-up is just lacking in quality in key areas.
Indeed, the only reason they qualified so comfortably was that they held Scandinavian rivals Norway to two draws in qualifying – and then outperformed them in games against the group’s weaker teams.
There is an opportunity for Slovakia then, although the jury is out on their qualities too. In their last seven games, they have failed to score on four occasions – clearly, their tactics in Euro 2021 will be to try and keep things tight and grind out results, which is not exactly conducive to a goal-laden game – food for thought in our Sweden vs Slovakia predictions.
So, here we have two weak teams trying desperately to win a game in the only means they know how – defending in numbers and trying to find the net from breakaways or set pieces. Our Euro 2020 betting tips have to reflect that fact….
3. Sweden vs Slovakia Betting Tips
All we have to work with in our Sweden vs Slovakia betting tips is that the Swedes are marginally the better team, and that we don’t expect there to be many goals.
So let’s start compiling our Slovakia vs Sweden betting tips. We can back Sweden to win at odds of 1.78 or Slovakia at 5.3 if you think they have a chance.
And then we can turn our attention to the goals markets – we’ll be taking Under 2.5 Goals at 1.64 and Both Teams to Score – No at 1.66.
4. Sweden vs Slovakia Live Stream
We’ve not exactly set this game up as the most entertaining spectacle in football – sorry about that! – but if you do want to catch a Sweden vs Slovakia live stream then be sure to check the TV listings in your area. In the UK, either the BBC or ITV will be the place to watch the action.
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Having placed your bets, taking into consideration Sweden vs Slovakia betting odds, make sure you watch the Sweden vs Slovakia live streaming to cheer them home.