Being one of the final pair of group games means that both of these teams will know exactly what they need from this match to ensure their progress to the last 16 or what result would be preferable in terms of who they will face in the next round should they be fortunate enough to already have qualified.
That will need to be taken into account when considering where to place any Sweden v Belgium free bets, as it’s perfectly possible that (for example) a contrived draw could suit the requirements of both teams.
If earlier results have been poor for the Swedes, this could also potentially be the final appearance for Zlatan Ibrahimovic in international football. Were that to be case, it would be no surprise were he to leave producing something a bit special.
Belgium and Sweden have met seven times dating back to 1953 prior to the Euros 2016, with Belgium having won four of those matches, one ending as a draw and Sweden having a couple of victories to their name.
For all the undoubted quality within their squad, the jury is very much out on Belgium and their coach Marc Wilmots. As yet the performances really haven’t lived up to the hype and perhaps no team goes into Euro 2016 with as much weight of expectation as Belgium. Sweden are likely to be hard-working and physical and could disrupt Belgium’s game.
The pre-tournament Sweden v Belgium betting odds strongly favour Belgium, but the uncertainty over who will need what at this stage and nagging doubts over Belgium’s ability to finally reach their full potential, would make any early bets very risky.