After a more or less comfortable 3-2 victory over Iceland last week (certainly more convincing then France’s win over the same side by the same scoreline), next up for Sweden in their preparations for Euro 2012 is a friendly against Serbia.
Bwin places the Swedes at short odds of 18/25 in their 3way football betting market to come away with the victory this evening.
Hang on though, haven’t France just played them as well?! Les Bleus ran out 2-0 winners against Serbia on Thursday night, but assuming that Erik Hamren’s thinking stretches further than “France have beaten them before… I’ll do what they do”, then Serbia will act as a sort of Ukraine-alike test to prepare Sweden for their opening game against the co-hosts next Monday..
However, it seems unlikely that this ‘test’ will prove a very stringent one as they face a side who have failed to score in six of their last seven matches. Such timidity in front of goal is represented by odds of 17/4 on Serbia springing a surprise and winning the game (the draw is a 14/5 chance).
Five of Serbia’s last six matches have also featured exactly two goals and bwin offer odds of 5/2 on this being the case again here.
Punters registering with bwin can claim a free £25 bet and placing this on exactly two goals to be scored in Serbia v Sweden would return £87.50 if successful.
New Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic showed masochistic tendencies by arranging his first two games to be against two of the best sides in the world in Spain and France and although Sweden may not seem quite as formidable a proposition, their recent form is strong as they head into the tournament.
Hamren’s side have won their last three games, having defeated both Bahrain and Croatia this year in addition to the aforementioned victory over Iceland, and they will be desperate to continue this winning streak ahead of their opening Euro 2012 fixture.
Mihajlovic, who developed a yearning admiration of the Italian game during his long career in Serie A, will be looking to instil a strong defensive mentality in his Serbian team, led by Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
But it’s the impotence of their strikers that points to another victory for Sweden, so back them to achieve the perfect preparation for that opening clash with Ukraine.
Recommended bet: Sweden to beat Serbia @ 18/25
Outside punt: Exactly two goals in Sweden v Serbia @ 5/2
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