Kick-off: 1945, 05/09/2020
Stadium: Friends Arena
TV: Sky Sports
Janne Andersson has done a good job as Sweden coach and will be eyeing an upset when entertaining France in the Nations League on Saturday.
Les Bleus lost on their last trip to Stockholm for a June 2017 World Cup qualifier and the timing of this return trip makes them vulnerable in our book.
We’re having a value bet on a home victory at 4/1 with our opening Sweden vs France prediction.
A Look At Sweden’s Betting Odds
Sweden did well to win a tough B section featuring Russia and Turkey in the inaugural staging of this competition.
They built on that with a solid Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, finishing second to Spain and only losing away to La Roja in 10 fixtures.
Victor Lindelof of Manchester United and Newcastle’s Emil Krafth have come through to bolster the defence.
RB Leipzig star Emil Forsberg is an established playmaker in midfield, while Marcus Berg and Robin Quaison are reliable goalscorers.
Alexander Isak looks a front man with a big future after the 20-year-old impressed for Real Sociedad last season.
Andersson told UEFA: “It will be fantastic to finally be able to play international matches again.
“During the pandemic, we made the best of the situation. We feel as prepared as we can be.”
Looking at the Sweden vs France odds, we think Evens for the hosts to avoid defeat is another good option.
A Look At France’s Betting Odds
France were only edged out on goal difference by Holland in this tournament two years ago, but their away form gives cause for concern.
Les Bleus lost 2-0 when visiting the Netherlands and were grateful for a fantastic goalkeeping display by debutant Alphonse Areola when drawing 0-0 in Germany.
Didier Deschamps enjoyed a relatively smooth campaign in Euro 2020 qualifying, but there was a bit more travel sickness when beaten 2-0 in Turkey.
With regards this trip, there are several issues which make the 2018 World Cup winners worth taking on at tempting odds.
Paul Pogba’s withdrawal has left the midfield short of creativity, especially with Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso rested.
Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe have had little time to recover from PSG’s Champions League final defeat, plus Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann finished last term in moderate form.
Deschamps commented: “We always have the same problem with the first gathering of the season. In September, we frequently see physical difficulties…this time, those will be significant.”
Let’s finish off our Sweden vs France betting tips by taking 9/5 for the hosts to score first.
SWEDEN 1-0 Kosovo – Hedlund
Albania 0-2 FRANCE – Tolisso, Griezmann
Head-to-head: Sweden 2-1 France, France 2-1 Sweden, France 1-0 Sweden, Sweden 2-0 France
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