Our prediction for this Nations League match:
All eyes will be on Friends Arena when Sweden and Portugal face each other in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday. The Swedes failed to make life difficult for France (0-1) in their opener, and they face yet another difficult task against Portugal. Experienced attacker Marcus Berg failed to impress in the defeat to les Tricolores, but he should keep his place up front. Portugal, on the other hand, rolled over Croatia to climb to top position in Group 3.
A Selecao aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and we are positive that they will go for a win against Sweden as well. Cristiano Ronaldo missed the Croatia match due to the effects of a bee sting, but he should play some part in Tuesday’s showdown. Anyhow, Portugal are more of a team than Sweden, and we predict that the visitors will prove their worth on the field.
Highlighted Player (Marcus Berg):
Marcus Berg is a Swedish footballer who was born on 17 August, 1986. The 184-cm-tall attacker played for the likes of Torsby, Velen and Goteborg during his youth career and he continued playing for the Anglarna at senior level.
Marcus Berg joined Groningen in 2007 and two years later he moved to Bundesliga, signing a deal with Hamburger SV. After spending the 2010/2011 season on loan at PSV, the Swedish striker made 13 appearances more for Hamburg and on 8 July, 2013 he joined Panathinaikos. Berg signed a four-year deal with the Greek outfit and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the team on his debut against Panetolikos.
The Swedish striker scored 15 goals in the 2013/2014 Greek Superleague campaign with Panathinaikos. Berg has 19 appearances for Sweden U21 team and he made his 42nd for the first team at the 2016 European Championship finals in France. The Swedish forward is well known for his heading ability.
Highlighted Team (Portugal):
Portugal started competing at the biggest stage in the 1930’s, but they had to wait for almost seventy years to establish themselves as a top side. The third place finish at the 1966 World Cup was a one-off result as the Selecao needed another 40 years to get past the group stage, reaching the semi-finals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Portugal enjoyed more success on the continent, finishing third at the 1984, 2000 and 2012 European Championships, while losing in the final to Greece at the Euro 2004 that was held on home soil. Despite being able to count on one of world’s best ever footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, the Selecao have yet to lift a major trophy and they will not have too many opportunities to do so before the Real Madrid superstar retires.
Eusebio remains the most famous footballer to have played for Portugal, while Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Pedro Pauleta, Rui Costa and Nani are also worth mention. The Selecao currently boast an impressive pool of world-class talent and it should not be long before they end the trophy drought.