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Sweden And Portugal Renew Rivalry At Zlatan Arena

Sweden know an early goal in this second leg could put them in the driving http://yourtrainings.com/gavinvpti/trainings/912620/ seat and Paddy Power price a home victory at 8/5 (2.60). Portugal, meanwhile, are offered at 7/4 (2.75) while the draw can be backed at 11/5 (3.20) with the same firm, who clearly believe there is little to chose between these two sides. Following Friday's first leg, which was not overflowing with clear-cut chances, the bookies clearly see this as being a low scoring encounter with under 2.5 goals priced at just 4/6 (1.65) . Yet Portugal's scoring record has been solid, http://www.dailystrength.org/people/3007324/journal/7872611 with the Seleccao netting in each of their last 13 matches, including against both Brazil and Netherlands. Led by the relentless Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal should be backed to score against against a Sweden side whose only clean sheet in their last six games came against Kazakhstan, especially as this clash is likely to be a little more open than the cagey affair that unfolded in Lisbon on Friday evening.
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Since the start of the programme in 2011, Fitch's assumption has been that Portugal would need further official support when its current programme ends in June 2014. Fitch believes an enhanced conditions credit line is more likely than a precautionary credit line given stringent criteria for the latter. Even if the IMF-EU programme were derailed by political shocks or by a harder stance from Portugal's official creditors, Fitch does not believe private sector involvement (PSI) is likely as it would, among other things, result in a higher upfront outlay from official creditors, and keep Portugal out of debt markets for much longer. Further, Portugal's debt dynamics are not as bad as Greece's were when Greece undertook its PSI debt exchange in 2012. Similarly, Fitch does not believe that Portugal will opt for a distressed debt exchange involving an extension of debt maturities to fill a financing gap. While a bond maturity extension may reduce immediate gross financing requirements from the official sector and may be less economically disruptive than PSI, it could hinder the country's efforts to regain market access. Therefore, while a distressed debt exchange may seem a more attractive option for creditor countries than PSI, it may not save official creditors gross outlay over the long term as this default could keep Portugal out of the market for a prolonged period.
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Ibrahimovic represents Sweden's best hope and despite coach Paulo Bento's suggestion that Portugal are not overly dependent on Ronaldo, the Real Madrid forward is by far and away their most potent weapon in attack. TOP SCORER The former Manchester United player, on 44 goals, http://wallinside.com/post-6031636-quarterly-changes-to-the-nasdaq-golden-dragon-china-index.html is now only a hat-trick away from equalling Pauleta (47) as his country's all-time top scorer. "What is a fact for me, not only in this match but throughout qualifying, is that we had a load of chances and lacked effectiveness in front of goal," Bento said on Friday. "But good things are coming and I believe we will be better on Tuesday." Although Portugal restricted him to one effort on goal in Lisbon, all eyes will be on Ibrahimovic at an arena where he seems to score at will. The tall Swede is hoping the home fans can inspire his side on Tuesday. "We're usually spoiled when it comes to support from the people," said Ibrahimovic. "Now it's just a case of standing behind us and supporting us so we can go in and do our best." With the tie delicately balanced, the stage is set for a showdown in Stockholm between two of the best players in the world.
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But what changes should both teams make for the second leg of their pivotal playoff showdown? Ola Toivonen in forJohan Elmander Playing Norwich City target-man Elmander in Lisbon made sense with sites Sweden needing to give themselves another option besides Ibrahimovic for holding up the play high up the field. Toivonen was a central figure in PSV Eindhoven's incredibly high-scoring season in 2012-13 and offers a more dynamic attacking threat than his compatriot. A creator as well as a scorer, he will also be able to work the passing angles in the final third to a greater degree too, helping to ensure that Ibrahimovic isn't left to provide the offensive impetus on his own. Use Ronaldo As a Centre-Forward While Portugal may be able to boast the world's most powerful individual footballer on the flanks, the Seleccao lack a striker of sufficient quality to act as a foil to Ronaldo. Helder Postiga and Hugo Almeida are frustrating rather than effective, with the former spurning at least one golden chance to make it 2-0 in the first leg. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Yet with Bento's squad filled with other exciting wingers, the Real Madrid superstar could be pushed further up the pitch to play as the team's nominal striker.
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Portugal aren't a one-man team, says coach Paolo Bento

"I think it will be a similar situation to our own, when we try to stop the organisation of Sweden and us having in mind of course trying to stop (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic," he told a news conference on Monday. Bento is confident his team, leading 1-0 from the first leg, can conjure goals from sources other than their prolific captain. (Getty Images) "There is no way to stop a single player, we have to do it collectively. I think Swede will also try to stop Ronaldo as a team, but what we will try to do is attack well, not only counting on Ronaldo of course. "If there is a special marking on Ronaldo that may give us an opportunity to score from other players and zones on the pitch." Portugal lead the tie thanks to a goal from Ronaldo, who bravely dived in among flying boots to notch a late winner in Lisbon.
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The manner of their defeat in Kiev on Friday prompted the sports daily L'Equipe to write off their chances. View gallery." Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and Pepe arrive for a training session at Luz Stadium in Lisbon, on "In terms of what we saw on Friday night ... the French would do well just to draw the second leg," offered the newspaper. And if they are to overcome the investing Ukrainians, they will have to do so without Laurent Kolchensky at the heart of their defence after the Arsenal defender was sent off late on following a clash with Oleksandr Kucher as tension spilled over. France coach Didier Deschamps, who admitted his side were undone by Ukraine's sheer physicality in the first leg, said: "We've got to put them under pressure, to go at them. On Tuesday, we've got to be in the battle.
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