* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change
One of the most interesting matchups in the first round of Euro 2024 Qualifiers will be between Sweden and Belgium on Friday, March 24th. Here is our preview of this match and some betting tips for it, but don't forget to check our other Euro 2024 predictions too.
Our Top Sweden vs Belgium Predictions and Tips
If you are looking for the best soccer 6 tips for Euro 2024 Qualifiers duel between Sweden and Belgium, you've come to the right place:
Sweden and Belgium to Draw
While Sweden has been in a downfall for the past few years, culminating in their drop to Division C of UEFA Nations League, they have been in good form over the summer and won four games in a row, even if they were only friendlies.
Meanwhile, Belgium suffered a shocking group-stage exit at World Cup in Qatar and after that a coaching change, so it's pretty much unkown what we can expect from them. All things considered, a close game is realistic and our first Sweden vs Belgium prediction is for the match to end in a draw.
Under 2.5 Total Goals
The last duel between these two nations happened all the way back in 2016, but still, if we look at their h2h record, four of their last five duels have gone under 2.5 total goals.
This is also the first match of the Qualifiers, so both teams are bound to be extra careful. So, our second Sweden vs Belgium prediction is for the match to go under 2.5 total goals.
If you want to check some of the best Sweden vs Belgium odds, stats, and betting markets, here they are:
Sweden odds: 5/2 (3.50) – 28.60% Probability
Draw odds: 12/5 (3.40) – 29.40% Probability
Belgium odds: 21/17 (2.24) – 44.70% Probability
We can see that the bookies consider Belgium the more likely winner in this game, as expected. However, the home team is not without a chance either. Meanwhile, the top candidate to be First Goalscorer in this match is Romelo Lukaku at 9/2 (5.50) odds, which is the same as a 18.20% probability. Also, the most probable Correct Score for this duel is a 1-1 draw at 11/2 (6.50), which comes to a 15.40% probability.
Sweden Last Five Matches: WWWWD
Belgium Last Five Matches: DLWLL
Sweden – Belgium Preview: Latest Form, Recent New, and Probable Lineups
Here you can find all the latest info on both teams, including our predicted Sweden vs Belgium lineups:
After failing to qualify for World Cup in Qatar, which was their first missed major competition since failing to reach the main stage of the 2014 World Cup, Sweden continued with disappointing performances in UEFA Nations League and finished bottom of their group, which saw them relegated to Division C of the competition. On the bright side, the team is on a four-game winning streak since then, albeit in friendlies.
When it comes to team news, Ibrahimovic is back with the team after missing more than a year with injuries and Sweden is pretty much fully fit ahead of this game.
The Golden Generation of Belgium ended its reign with a whimper instead of a bang in Qatar, failing to even get out of the group stages. Clearly, that was a huge disappointment for a team that finished third last time around in Russia, so it was time for Martinez to go and some fresh blood at the coaching position, in form of Domenico Tedesco.
In addition to the coaching change, Belgium's veterans Eden Hazard and Toby Alderweireld announced retirement from the team, while Axel Witsel and Dries Mertens were left out for this international window.
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Teams will often release their starting lineups one hour ahead of the kickoff.
Player to Watch: Kevin de Bruyne
While we expect a close match and we can see a few different players from both teams standing out in this game, our choice as a player to watch is Kevin de Bruyne, as the arguably best player in the game.
The baby-faced midfielder is having another good season with Man City and he is undoubtedly the leader of this generation, so with new coach at the helm and a tough opponent, it will be interesting to see what de Bruyne can do against Sweden.