Portugal vs Sweden Prediction, 10/14/2020 UEFA Nations League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portugal vs Sweden
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Location: Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal
Odds/Point Spread: Portugal (-133) Sweden (+100)
Estádio José Alvalade is the venue where Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal (2-1-0 in Nations League) will take on Sweden (0-0-3 in Nations League) on Wednesday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Anthony Lopes for Portugal and Robin Olsen for Sweden. The odds on this contest have Portugal priced at -133 and the Swedish are priced at +100. The total is set at 2.5.
Portugal has been able to control possession for 58.3% of contests. They have committed 37 fouls and have drawn 33 fouls in this tourney. They have tried 57 shots at their opponents goal with 22 of them being on target, which is a 38.6% SOT percentage. Portugal as a team have earned 6 goals this tournament, which has them 4th in the league.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a guy who should impact this matchup for the Portuguese. He has 145 assists while accumulating 72 yellow card warnings so far in his career. Ronaldo has had a starting assignment in 517 outings during his soccer career and accounts for 0.88 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Portugal has earned 453 goals in 46,488 mins. Someone else who should impact this match is João Félix, the forward representing for Portugal. Félix has earned 3,705 minutes in 45 starting assignments and has been given 9 yellow card warnings. He has helped a teammate on a goal 9 times in his career while scoring 22 total goals. He is averaging 0.53 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Portugal will be Anthony Lopes. Lopes (127-56-64 record during his career) has recorded 89 shutouts, which leaves him with a 35.7% clean sheet rate. The keeper taking the field for Portugal has seen 945 shots tried at him in 249 starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.08 (268 goals surrendered) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .735. Lopes has been on the field for 22,351 mins and has earned 698 saves in his career.
Sweden has committed 35 fouls this tourney (44th in the league) with 34 fouls drawn. As we sit, they control possession of the ball 43.3% of the time. The Swedish earn an average of 2.33 shots on target per 90 minutes and have a total of 1 goal so far. They have completed 21.2% of their shots on target on 33 shots.
Marcus Berg should provide a spark for Sweden. He is averaging 0.59 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 141 contests in his career. The forward from Sweden has been on the pitch for 22,111 mins and has scored 145 goals. He has earned 46 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 40 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Emil Forsberg, the midfielder playing for Sweden. He has scored 72 goals during his soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 57 times. Forsberg has been handed 13 yellow card cautions in 20,070 mins (240 starting assignments). His G/90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.32.
Robin Olsen will reside in front of the goal for Sweden. Olsen has totaled 59 shutouts while seeing 669 shots tried against him in 15,897 career mins. He sports a save percentage of .729 and his clean sheet rate is 33.3%. He has conceded 1.07 goals per 90 while holding a record of 96-49-30. So far in his career, Olsen has given up 189 goals while totaling 490 saves in 177 starts.
Who will win tonight's UEFA Nations League game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portugal (-133)
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