Sweden (0) v Portugal (1): World Cup play-off match preview
A look ahead to tonight's World Cup 2014 qualifying match in Solna
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Both Sweden and Portugal will have one final chance to secure a World Cup finals place tonight when they face off in their last qualifying match. Portugal have the advantage after beating Sweden 1-0 in Lisbon last Friday, however with a spot in next year’s tournament in Brazil on the line, look for the home side to put up a considerable fight.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have to be more influential on the field as he failed to even touch the ball in the opposition’s penalty area on Friday. Sweden will now be forced to play more attacking football than they showed in Lisbon, with Portugal controlling 68% of possession. With only a slim one goal lead, the away side are by no means in the clear for a World Cup spot, something that makes this game an enticing match-up to watch.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 8.00pm
Portugal 1 (Ronaldo) Sweden 0, World Cup Qualifying, Play-Off, November 2013
Portugal 0 Sweden 0, World Cup Qualifying, Group Stage, March2009
Sweden 0 Portugal 0, World Cup Qualifying, Group Stage, October 2008
Portugal 2 (Pauleta, Gomes) Sweden 2 (Kallstrom, Jorge), International Friendly, April 2004
Zlatan Ibrahimovic only mustered one shot against Portugal in Lisbon, while Cristiano Ronaldo fired in seven.
Portugal are unbeaten in major tournaments playoffs (World Cup or European Championship), winning four and drawing one.
Sweden have won none of their last eight encounters against Portugal (D5, L3).
Portugal have not failed to qualify for a major tournament (World Cup or European Championship) since 1998, while Sweden have missed World Cup 2010
75% of European teams have qualified for a major tournament (World Cup or European Championship) having won the first leg 1-0 at home.
Sweden to win: 2.7
Portugal to win: 2.8
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 7.45pm
Latest in Sport
Perth midfielder Ruben Zadkovich sent off 17 seconds after coming on against Wellington
England vs Samoa match report: England finally end losing streak as Jonny May stars in unspectacular win ahead of Wallabies showdown
Manchester United transfer news: Robin van Persie could leave this summer with Edinson Cavani and Thomas Muller on United wish-list
Arsenal vs Manchester United match report: Wayne Rooney and a Keiran Gibbs own goal make Gunners rue missed chances
Arsenal vs Manchester United player ratings: Who was the star man? Jack Wilshere, Wayne Rooney, Kieran Gibbs or David de Gea?
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 3 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 4 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
- 5 Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabaab militants kill 28 non-Muslims who failed to recite Koran