Ibrahimovic and Sweden to Rise to the Occasion


One has to wait until Tuesday for the best bet in the next batch of UEFA European Championship games but one thinks that Sweden will reward one’s patience by beating Austria.

Sweden was sufficiently good to draw 1-1 with Austria in Vienna in the opening round of UEFA European Championship Group G action and the state of the section is what leads us to rate the Swedes as being overpriced at odds of +115 with BetVictor and Totesport to win their home match.

Austria is seven points clear at the top of UEFA European Championship Group G and, with a home game versus mighty Liechtenstein up its sleeve, the Austrians are prohibitive odds to qualify for next year’s tournament in France. And, therefore, one thinks that Austria is unlikely to match Sweden’s energy when the sides lock horns in Solna.

There are few better big-game performers than Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the match is a must win for him and his teammates if they want to retain control of their own destiny in UEFA European Championship Group G. One was expecting Sweden to open up at odds on so snap up the odds-against quotes given the difference in motivation.

Greece’s football side is almost as big a laughing stock as its economy at the moment and it is difficult to make a case for anything other than an away loss when the Greeks travel to Bucharest to play UEFA European Championship Group F’s only undefeated team, second-placed Romania, on Monday.

Greece has drawn two and lost five of its UEFA European Championship Group F games, with its latest shocking effort resulting in a 0-1 home defeat at the feet of Finland on Friday. Greece has absolutely nothing for which to play, whereas the opposite is true of Romania, which is one of three sides scrapping over the two automatic qualification berths. Romania beat Greece 1-0 in Piraeus earlier in the UEFA European Championship Group F program and that was despite having its goal scorer, Ciprian Marica, sent off.

SkyBet is offering odds of -143 about Romania making it five wins out of eight UEFA European Championship Group F matches and that bet rates as the best odds-on option.

Finally, one cannot see Ireland slipping up in its UEFA European Championship Group D clash against Georgia on Monday at odds of 1.53 with Bet365 and Coral.

One had the misfortune to watch Georgia’s UEFA European Championship Group D game versus Scotland on Friday and the 1-0 win for the Georgians was an indictment on how poorly the Scots played. Scotland was in a decent position to qualify for next year’s tournament but its embarrassing performance in Tbilisi has put it behind the eight ball.

Ireland did the business over Georgia in the reverse UEFA European Championship Group D fixture and, while the Irish required a 90th-minute Aiden McGeady goal to secure three points, they deserved their victory on the balance of play.

Georgia has not beaten what one would class as a competent team in a competitive match outside its native land since the turn of the century so one is happy to side with Ireland in a game that means a lot more to it than its opponent.

Tips Summary

Sweden to beat Austria
8th September 19:45 GMT
Odds:  +115

Romania to beat Greece
7th September 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -143

Ireland to beat Georgia
7th September 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -189

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