Sweden v Romania Betting Tip Under 2.5 goals – 23 March 2019

Goals to be at a premium in Sweden

Euro Qualifiers Tips

SwedenSweden v RomaniaRomania
Saturday 23rd March 1700hrs 
Football – International – European Championship Qualification
Pick Under 2.5 goals
Bookmaker Ladbrokes
Odds: 8/15 (odds taken 21.45 GMT, Thursday 21st March)

With Spain in this section as well, it’s likely that both Sweden and Romania will be vying with Norway for the second of the automatic qualifying spots, making Saturday’s match in Stockholm and important one at beginning of qualification.

European Championship Qualifying Betting at Ladbrokes

Sweden Preview

Sweden have a great record over the years of making it to the major tournaments and they will be looking for that to continue as they bid to qualify for Euro 2020. Now in the care of Jan Andersson – who led them to the World Cup last summer – the Swedes have played at the last five European Championships, so qualification is a route they know well. Andersson had the unenviable task of getting the first squad in the post- Zlatan era to Russia last year so he will take great confidence from that, as well as having finished top of their UEFA Nations League group towards the end of last year, meaning they will be in the top league next time around. Topping the group also means they have secured a playoff spot for next summer’s finals but it’s one they would be more than happy to forego if it meant finishing in the top two in this section. In theory, they are the second-best team in this group but that counts for little and they will be hoping to get off to a winning start in front of their own supporters on Saturday.


Key-Facts – Sweden v Romania

  • Sweden have struggled at home of late, winning only one of their last eight matches
  • Romania appear to be on an upward curve under Cosmin Contra and are unbeaten in their last five away games
  • Eight of Sweden’s last 12 home games have went under 2.5 goals and it looks another solid wager here


Romania Preview

Romania qualified for Euro 2016 but managed to gain just a solitary point from the three games they played in France. It’s one of many indications of how the expansion of the European Championships has meant more countries are able to qualify, but there’s a lot of them who fail to be competitive or make an impact. Regardless of that, these campaigns represent the best opportunity for countries like Romania to play in major tournaments, as proven with their disappointing effort in attempting to reach the last World Cup. The Romanians bounced back from that with a strong showing in the Nations League, a competition they went unbeaten in and only missing out on promotion by a couple of points to group winners Serbia. That sort of campaign will have stood them in good stead for the challenges that await them in this section, starting with a difficult looking match away to Sweden this weekend. It has been a positive 18 months in charge for manager Cosmin Contra and there will be some confidence within this squad that they can spring another surprise and finish in the top two.

Sweden v Romania Betting Advice

There’s no doubt that Sweden and Romania have ambitions of making it through to Euro 2020, and the format is such (with the top two automatically qualifying) that it presents a realistic chance for at least of them to do just that. Sweden are a much more experienced outfit in terms of making it through these campaigns but they will definitely be wary of an improvement opponent who drew home and away with an impressive Serbia side in the Nations League.

Sweden have a difficult looking second match of this international break coming up when travelling to Norway on Tuesday whilst Romania have a much more winnable game at home to the Faroe Islands after their trip to Scandinavia. Sweden are favourites being the higher ranked team and having home advantage but Romania come into this match on a five match unbeaten streak away from home, so the hosts will have their work cut out, particularly as they have struggled in home matches of late – which is not something you would associate with a Swedish team. It’s now just one win in eight for Sweden at home, suggesting there is a vulnerability. A bet of under 2.5 goals appeals in this one as it has been a winner in eight of Sweden’s last 12 at home and five of Romania’s last nine away games.