Sweden vs France
World Cup Qualifiers First round
Today, 19:45 (CET)
Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup has reached a critical stage in Europe, as the teams embark on the sixth round of fixtures in their group.
For both Sweden and France, who meet on the Friends Arena on the 9th June, top spot in Group A is at stake and the potential of automatic qualification to the World Cup in Russia.
The host currently sit in second place in the group, with 10 points from their 5 matches played. Sweden have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 and cannot afford to lose this match, if they are to remain in contention for top spot.
France travel to Stockholm as leaders of the group and the opportunity to open a cushion between themselves and Sweden. France are undefeated in Group A, having won 4 and drawn 1 of their 5 games and are in pole position to make it to Russia next summer.
1. 1X2 Betting Odds
France come into this match as the heavy favourites to win and can be backed at 1.70 with Bet365 to take maximum points.
The French are yet to taste defeat in the group and have lost only 2 of their previous 18 competitive matches, stretching back to the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. This highlights what a tough team they are to beat.
However, Sweden should not be underestimated and are available at 5.75 to win this game. The Swedes narrowly lost the first meeting between these teams in the group, having taken the lead in Paris. They have lost only 1 of their previous 9 competitive games at home.
The draw is also available at 3.75 with Bet365.
Sweden vs France - Best odds
2. Sweden vs France Betting Tips
Sweden have played 3 fixtures at home in Group A, winning 2 and drawing 1. The draw come against Holland and having held the Dutch, Sweden will be confident of taking something off the French.
The victory may prove too much for Sweden but a draw is not out of the question. Having conceded only 1 goal at home in the group, the draw and under 2.5 goals makes a good bet here.
Despite topping the group, France has not been convincing when playing away from home. They were held to a 0-0 draw in Belarus and were being held 1-1 in Luxembourg after 34 minutes of the game, before going on to win it 3-1.
If France are to claim the victory, it will be by a small margin and you can go for France to win the game by a 1 goal.
Sweden will be hoping the likes of Emil Forsberg and Victor Lindelof can keep fit in the closing stages of the season, as they are vital to their team’s chances of getting something from this game.
France have enormous strength in depth, especially with the emergence of young French players at Monaco this season. However, Paul Pogba is a key player, as proved with his winning goal in Holland and Didier Deschamps will hope he comes through the Europa League final without any issues.