Sweden are a gutsy team who are ranked seventeenth in the FIFA world rankings, with Janne Andersson continuing to preside over a squad of players who are firmly accustomed to playing together and they finished runner-up in World Cup qualifying to earn a shot at the Qatar tournament through the play-offs.

It was always going to be a tall order to topple a Spain side who were among the best teams at Euro 2020 under Luis Enrique, although the Scandinavian side claimed five wins from their eight matches. All four of the games at the Friends Arena saw Sweden achieve a victory and that bodes well for this coming clash.

The lack of goals within the team is a slight concern and there were defeats at Georgia and Spain at the end of the group stage where the team didn’t create many chances and didn’t score any goals. Alexander Isak is a promising forward and the 22-year-old has scored nine goals in thirty-two appearances for his country.

Czech Republic Bidding to Reach First World Cup Since 2006

The Czech Republic have only reached the World Cup once since changing from Czechoslovakia, with the team making an appearance at the 2006 tournament. Although the country have failed to qualify on the past three occasions, there is something of a resurgence after a successful time of things at Euro 2020.

The Czechs managed to overcome the Netherlands at the last sixteen stage before a defeat against Denmark, with Jaroslav Šilhavý now bidding to steer the Republic to victory over Sweden before a potential clash against Poland in the play-off final. Some might feel as though Czech Republic are available at attractive betting odds to beat Sweden.

The team will be full of confidence after achieving three straight wins over Belarus, Kuwait and Estonia towards the end of 2021 and there is a real livewire in the form of Patrik Schick who has scored a very tidy seventeen goals in thirty-three games played. Tomáš Souček also takes centre stage in midfield after a solid season for West Ham.

What Are the Best Bets for Sweden v Czech Republic?

This is a high stakes game between two teams who will be desperate to have a chance of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Ultimately, the Czech Republic will be wary of a Sweden side who boasted a 100% record at home when it came to World Cup qualifying, with the visitors fully aware that Andersson’s side can claim an advantage and then defend that lead to the hilt.

Therefore, we are leaning towards Under 2.5 Goals as our World Cup betting prediction for this game. We also like the idea of backing Czech Republic to win the game on the Draw No Bet market considering that the game could easily go into extra-time and possibly a penalty shootout.


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