Italy 9/20 to beat Sweden in Monday’s World Cup playoff
Competition: World Cup playoff
Market: Italy to beat Sweden
Odds: 9/20 @ Bet365
The World Cup playoffs move into their final round of fixtures as teams across Europe turn their attention to a defining 90 minutes in their campaigns. While every side does have a chance of making it to the World Cup, some have stronger claims than others, and with this in mind, Italy are looking to overturn a one-goal deficit against Sweden on Monday.
For Italy, it was a difficult campaign to stomach following a strong showing in Group G. Seven wins, two draws and one defeat saw them collect 23 points, while top-side Spain won every game bar one, resulting in 28 points in total. Against Sweden, Italy were very poor as their defenders looked unsure and their attack was toothless. The atmosphere in the San Siro on Monday will be incredible, and the players must rise to the occasion by improving dramatically from the side that were beaten on Friday evening.
For Sweden, it was a very strong campaign in Group A. While France went through with 23 points, the Swedes managed to pip Holland to the playoffs with both teams collecting 19 points, but Sweden going through via their superior goal difference. Sweden were superb in the game against Italy as they dominated the first-half before snatching a goal against the run of play in the second. Despite needing a goal, Italy could find no way through Sweden’s defence. The Italians will fancy themselves at home though despite their ineffective display on Friday, and Bet365 are giving them odds of 9/20 to win the game.
Bet: Italy to beat Sweden in Monday’s World Cup playoff: 9/20 @ Bet365>>