Betting on Swedish Football
Sweden has a big football legacy, despite it being a relatively small country with an interest in many sports. Although the domestic leagues don't attract the attention of their major European counterparts, most teams have a dedicated following, despite the fact the country doesn't attract a lot of notable footballing imports. Simultaneously, the best Swedish players tend to move abroad at a young age.
The top division in Sweden is called the Allsvenskan, a 16-team league which runs, slightly unusually for Europe, between March/April and November. The league operates on a promotion/relegation basis with the Superettan. The Swedish footballing pyramid then runs down all the way to a Division 8.
On our Swedish football odds comparison tool we feature games from the Allsvenskan, Superettan and Division 1, which is actually split into two 16-team divisions representing northern and southern Sweden. Furthermore, the six-tier Division 2, the women's top division (the Damallsvenskan), the two highest U-21 leagues as well as the Swedish Cup are all represented, resulting in a multitude of choice for your betting coupon.
Swedish teams also compete in European competitions, whilst both the men's and women's national teams, particularly the latter, are strong challengers at international level.
Sweden Football Odds
Swedish football, rather surprisingly, doesn't feature prominently on betting coupons, even accumulator betting slips. Perhaps it is because of the relatively unknown nature of many of the clubs outside of the country, and the fact that Swedish teams haven't challenged very competitively at European level for quite some time.
At international level, however, it is a different story, where in particular, the women's team are hugely competitive.
Delving down deeper into the statistics on the Allsvenskan, the 2019 season's competition so far has not been blessed with anything remarkable, and traditionally Swedish football is not high scoring, so avoiding the popular goals (over) betting markets could be wise. The league itself is immensely open, however, and the last 12 seasons have seen 7 different winners. Keeping up with form is vital, and so using our detailed statistics on each game is vital when assessing good value bets.
Swedish Football History
Swedish football has a proud history, and the country has always been perhaps an overachiever at international level, despite neither the men's or women's team having taken home the major prize of the FIFA World Cup. The men's team finished runners-up in the tournament the country hosted in 1952, also finishing third in 1950 and 1994. The women's team were also runners-up in 2003.
Swedish national teams, in addition, are renowned for their fight. The men's team reached the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia despite starting the tournament at outside betting odds of 100/1.
Sweden has always produced good players, with Tomas Brolin, Henrik Larssen, Patrick Andersson and Freddie Ljungberg notable examples. However, perhaps the country's most iconic player is also the most mercurial: one Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Away from 'the Zlatan', in the domestic league, Malmö FF and IFK Göteborg have been the historically most successful clubs, but it is truly worth noting how, unlike many leagues, the Swedish Allsvenskan is often hard to call, with this 2019 season being no exception according to the odds, where IFK Norrköping are positioned as slight favourites.