Live on ESPN: Tues 19.00: Sweden are 3/10 favourites with to beat Finland in the pair’s Euro 2012 qualifier.
Sweden tightened their grip on second spot in Euro 2012 qualifying Group E with an emphatic 4-1 triumph in Moldova last Friday and Erik Hamren’s men look set to rack up a fifth win of the campaign in six outings as they welcome neighbours Finland to the Rasunda Stadium.
The Finns struggled to break down San Marino in Serravalle last time out, a solitary Mikael Forssell strike the difference between the two teams and that result doesn’t bode well ahead of this assignment.
Accordingly then the hosts are strong favourites at 3/10 with and they have to be considered a home banker, although their opponents will take heart from the fact that they only went down 2-1 away to runaway leaders the Netherlands; subsequently, it might not be the emphatic Swedish success the odds suggest.
Finland’s resilience therefore lends appeal to Boylesports’ 5/2 for Hamren’s troops to shade it by a one-goal margin in Solna, where William Hill quote the Swedes at 8/1 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.
Elsewhere, Germany are just 1/9 (Stan James) to follow up their 2-1 success in Austria with another victory, this time against Azerbaijan. Joachim Low’s side won the reverse fixture 6-1 so they have to be fancied to register another comfortable triumph in Baku.
They’re 4/11 courtesy of Stan James to prevail by at least two clear goals but a win by three or more might be worth a flutter at 10/11 with Paddy Power given how ruthlessly the Germans tend to dispose of weak opposition.
Fresh from a 1-1 draw against France meanwhile, Belarus are 4/9 (Paddy Power) to beat Luxembourg ‘to nil’.