Group D: Sweden v England preview
England face Sweden in their second match in Group D. They were outplayed in their clash against France but they still managed a 1-1 draw. The Swedes are a bogey team and England have never beaten them in a competitive encounter.
Sweden are 11/4 to win the match, the draw is 21/10 and an England win is 11/10. With Sweden appearing to have the edge over England in recent years, they can be backed at 6/4 draw no bet and the double chance is Sweden or the draw at 4/6.
England mustered fewer shots on target than any other team during the first round of group games and four of their five shots against France were by defenders.
It should not be a cagey affair with both teams going for three points. England struggled on the break against the French and did not have many chances at goal.
The 0-0 draw is only 8/1 and under 2.5 goals is 13/20. Sweden need to attack if they are to make it out of the group and England must keep their star striker Ibrahimovic under wraps. He scored Sweden's goal on Monday and hit the post with their next best chance.
If England give him time on the ball, they will be punished and he is 8/1 to open the scoring and 11/4 anytime scorer. He has scored in each of his last four appearances for Sweden.
Joe Hart made more saves than any other goalkeeper on Matchday One and he has taken his City form to the international stage. England are 6/4 to keep a clean sheet and they would not want to concede against the Swedes. You can also back England at 11/5 to win to nil!
England are still without Rooney for one more match and they seem most likely to score from set-pieces. If you want some big priced first goalscorer bets, then you can punt on Terry or Lescott at 20/1 to open the scoring.
Milner seems to enjoy cutting inside and he looks a big price at 16/1 to open the scoring, he will be a major part of Hodgson's plans, as he is without Barry and Lampard.
The worry for England is that Hodgson has stated that Gerrard and Parker will need to rest as some point during Euro 2012, they should start against Sweden though. England may be without Ashley Cole, he will need to play through the pain barrier. He has long-standing ankle problems and he could only train for fifteen minutes on Wednesday.
One Swedish player that England's fans will be familiar with, is Sunderland's winger Seb Larsson. He has a vicious shot from distance. He is 16/1 to open the scoring and he looks value at 6/1 anytime scorer.