Football betting fans will be able to get stuck into a Sweden versus Finland fixture for the first time in European competition tomorrow night but despite the lack of games at this level, the home side go into the game as firm favourites.
In recent history, the Swedes have the advantage over Finland, winning two and drawing one of the last three. However, a look further back paints a picture of dominance for Erik Hamren’s side.
In total the sides have met on 83 occasions, with Sweden emerging victorious 63 times, drawing 11 games and losing just nine.
The fact that Sweden are the home side further points to a loss for the visitors as Finland have won just twice when travelling to play the Swedes, once in 2001 and once in 1921.
This form shows why the hosts are priced at betting odds of 13/50 to secure all three points and close the gap at the top of Group E to three points.
While the home win may seem to be a foregone conclusion, football betting enthusiasts expecting an upset can back the draw at 4/1 or the away win at 10/1.
However, Sweden have been in prolific form of late, having averaged three goals per game thus far in qualifying.
As such, punters could be tempted to give Finland a head start in the game to improve their returns.
By giving Mixu Paatelainen’s men a 2-0 lead from the off, the odds of a Sweden win move to 11/5.
The same starting scoreline sees the draw priced at 11/4 and the away win at 22/25.
Even without captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is currently serving a suspension, Sweden have been a force to be reckoned with in front of goal. Johan Elmander, among others, has been chipping in with his fair share in the Milan man’s absence.
This could tempt a number of people looking for Euro 2012 qualifying odds to back Sweden to be among the goals again.
Betting £10 on the game seeing exactly three goals will return £41, while a four-goal encounter is priced at 19/4.
Fans looking to take their predictions one step further could look toward the goal bet markets, with a 3-0 home win offering odds of 25/4.
That said, Finland’s Mikael Forssell is among the top scorers in the competition. The former Chelsea man, now plying his trade in the Bundesliga for Hannover, has six goals from five games so far.
With such a goal threat on the pitch, a 3-1 win for the home side could attract a lot of the sensible money going on the game.
At 11/1, a £10 stake on this outcome would return £120. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.