Denmark v Sweden Tips – A place in the Euro 2016 finals awaits the Swedes

Sweden have put one foot in next year's European Championship finals and they can complete the job tonight

Denmark v Sweden Tips – A place in the Euro 2016 finals awaits the Swedes

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Glen Laidlaw

November 17th, 2015

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Sweden and Denmark have another shot at reaching the Euro 2016 finals and it is the former who enjoy the advantage at the half-way stage of this two-legged play-off. The Swedes made home advantage count with a 2-1 win in the first leg, Emil Forsberg firing them into the lead shortly before half-time with Zlatan Ibrahimovic making sure of the win with a strike five minutes after the interval.

Danish hopes were raised with a goal from Nicolai Jorgensen late into the second half, however Sweden held on and manager Emil Hamren was a happy man following the hard-fought victory.

“I am delighted with the victory and it feels good to get the win because we have been lacking big results in recent games,” he said to reporters. “That said, I am disappointed that we conceded. We were tired in the second half and Denmark used their substitutes to good effect, with two of them combining for their goal. However, it still feels good to get the victory. Of course it would feel better if it had been 2-0 instead, but we have the tie in our hands now having won the ‘first half.’”

Will Sweden manage to hold onto this slender lead and progress through to the Euro 2016 finals when the sides lock horns in Denmark tonight? We don’t see why not, given that Hamren’s side have won their last three games. Nevertheless, they haven’t performed quite so well on their travels with just two wins from their last nine away outings, these victories being against Moldova and Liechtenstein. As a result, we’re slightly wary of backing Sweden to beat Denmark tonight at odds of 27/10 with BetVictor, although we feel that they will manage to avoid defeat with 888sport going 11/14 on the double chance market for Sweden/Draw.

Unsurprisingly, tonight’s visitors will look to Ibrahimovic to help fire them to the European Championship finals next year, although Hamren maintains that his men won’t rely too much on their star-player. Nevertheless, this is perhaps the most important match that Sweden have played in many years and in important matches such as this, you need to rely on your big players to be at their very best. As such, we’ll be backing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the anytime goalscorer market at 39/19 with 888sport.

 

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