Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Portugal will be looking to cement top position in Group 3 when they take on Sweden on Wednesday evening. A Selecao have been impressive at the back in the Nations League this term, with the team conceding no more than one goal in the process. Fernando Santos’ men did well to hold France to a goalless draw in round 3, and they should now take advantage of Sweden’s poor form.
Despite failing to find the net in Stade de France showdown, Cristiano Ronaldo will be the man to watch in the home team. The Swedes suffered a loss in each of their first three group games, and, no doubt, they have little to play for in Wednesday’s football match. When the two teams met in Stockholm last month Ronaldo’s brace helped Portugal beat Sweden, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. The good news for the visitors is that experienced midfielder Gustav Svensson returns from suspension.
Highlighted Player (Pepe):
Pepe is a professional footballer who plays for Porto as a defender. The Portuguese international played for Maritimo at the start of his senior career and in 2004 he moved to Porto. After making 64 league appearances for the Dragons, he signed a contract with Real Madrid in 2007 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular.
Pepe is well known for his hard tackles and referees often show him red card. The Real Madrid centre back often played as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in all competitions in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign.
The Portuguese footballer won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in the 2015/2016 season and later in 2016 he helped A Selecao win the European Championship trophy. Portugal defeated France in the title game and Pepe played an important role in Fernando Santos’ team in the Euro 2016 final. The Real Madrid defender was born in Maceio, Brazil on 26 February, 1983.
Highlighted Team (Sweden):
Sweden are the most successful Nordic side on international stage having been present at major competitions since 1934. Blagult missed out on the 1952 World Cup trophy on home soil as they were beaten by star-studded Brazil side, while they finished in third place at the 1950 and 1994 tournaments, and finishing fourth on their second appearance in 1938.
As far as their European Championship record is concerned, Sweden also achieved their best result in front of home fans, reaching the last four in 1992, and they have since reached the quarter-finals at Euro 1994 in Portugal.
Anders Svensson and Thomas Ravelli are team’s most capped players with over 140 appearances each, but it is strikers Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic that will go down as the most famous Swedish footballers in history. The later also leads the goalscoring charts with over 60 strikes for the national team and he is widely regarded as one of the most colourful characters, not only in Scandinavia, but in world football.