The global World Cup fever is on. From the far east of Tokyo to Chile all the way at the southern tip of South America, football fans are excitedly waiting for the first ball to kick off. Gamblers are at the edge of their seat for the biggest sports betting event of all time.
Once every four years, bookmakers go crazy with the number of markets—the number runs to the thousands! Think best player, number of goals, match outcomes, group odds… analysts are running wild with their bets. There are opportunities around every corner for punters.
To help you navigate this football betting frenzy, we produced a series of articles covering each of the 32 World Cup teams in detail. Knowledge is power, am I right? Anyway, in this article, we dive into Sweden. We help you understand the betting odds Sweden to win World Cup 2018.
We break down the player squad, this little nation’s performance at previous World Cup tournaments, how they stack up against their Group F opponents, Sweden to win world cup 2018 odds and more. See you below.
Sweden World Cup 2018: World Cup History
Sweden shocked Italy back in the qualifiers last year. They booked their spot at the 2018 World Cup by winning 1-0 in a play-off against Italy and finally finishing second in Europe’s Group A. It is the team’s first World Cup since 2006, after missing out on the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.
Did you know that Sweden’s best achievement at the World Cup is runners-up in 1958? Not bad for a relatively small country, population wise. The Swedes have also made four appearances at semi final level, most recently in 1994. A history like that means that Sweden is a tough contender for odds Sweden win world cup 2018.
Well, expectations for Sweden at Russia 2018 is more modest. The current side lacks the attacking talents of Brolin, Dahlin, Larsson et al. The current squad relies heavily on team organization. What do you think are Sweden World Cup 2018 odds? Would their good momentum keep building up and propel Sweden forward?
Sweden World Cup 2018: Team
Swedes are mourning the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Manchester United striker who recently retired from international soccer following Euro 2016. This legendary Swedish footballer scored 62 goals in 116 games for his country. Rumours swirled on whether he’d come out of retirement to play for World Cup 2018.
Just few months ago, the 36-year old athlete mentioned that he would attend the 2018 World Cup in Russia, without specifying in which capacity. However, the Swedish FA chief, Lars Richt has confirmed that Ibrahimovic will not be playing.
So, who have we got to watch instead? Marcus Berg has replaced Ibrahimovic as Sweden’s main attacker. Berg filled Ibrahimovic’s shoes quickly by scoring eight goals in eight qualifiers. As the commentators like to say, Berg provides power, panache and plenty of goals.
At the base of Sweden’s central ‘spine’ (that’s how Sweden’s coach refers to his team’s unifying strength) is goalkeeper Robin Olsen and team captain, Andreas Granqvist. Both of them played all 12 of Sweden’s Russia 2018 qualifiers.
Olsen managed back-to-back shutouts against Italy. Granqvist’s tough tackling and astute positioning skills were recently recognized when he was crowned Sweden’s Player of the Year. Of course, who can forget Jakob Johansson, the scorer of the decisive goal in the play-off win over Italy.
Coach Janne Andersson is also in the spotlight. He took charge after Euro 2016 after Ibrahimovic’s retirement. Many would agree that he has successfully rejuvenated the team after Ibrahimovic’s retirement and led them to the famous World Cup play-off win over Italy.
The Sweden national team isn’t a team built on star players. As coach Janne Andersson puts it, “We have a good group, a good team and we work hard together. We are also tactically smart and we have to be that way no matter who we play. We are strong together.” A team like this definitely boosts the odds on Sweden winning 2018 World Cup.
Sweden World Cup 2018 Odds; World Cup 2018 Sweden Fixtures
Here are the betting odds Sweden to win World Cup 2018:
Odds Sweden World Cup 2018 Matches
Sweden vs. South Korea (Monday, 18th June 2018)
- Sweden 11/10
- Draw 11/5
- South Korea 11/4
Sweden vs. Germany (Thursday, 23rd June 2018)
- Germany 1/2
- Draw 16/5
- Sweden 11/2
Sweden vs. Mexico (Wednesday, 27th June 2018)
- Mexico 11/8
- Draw 21/10
- Sweden 21/10
The odds and predictions above were provided by SkyBet.
Odds of Sweden World Cup Top Goalscorer
- Marcus Berg 11/4
- Ola Toivonen 6/1
- Emil Forsberg 7/1
- Christoffer Nyman 10/1
- John Guidetti 12/1
Odds on Sweden winning 2018 World Cup
The current odds for Sweden to win world cup 2018 stands at 11/1. The odds for Sweden’s stage of elimination are as follows:
- Group Stage 8/11
- Last 16 9/4
- Quarter Final 15/2
- Semi Final 25
- Runner Up 66
- Winner 150
Sweden World Cup 2018 Fixtures
Sweden kicks off the World Cup season in Group F. If you’re betting on the odds on Sweden to win world cup 2018, better add these matches to your calendar!
Sweden vs. Korea Republic: Monday 18th June, 3:00 PM (Local Time), Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Sweden vs. Germany: Saturday 23rd June, 9:00 PM (Local Time), Fisht Stadium, Sochi
Sweden vs. Mexico: Wednesday 27th June, 7:00 PM (Local Time), Ekatarinburg Arena, Ekatarinburg