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Eden Jon 13th Nov 2012 - 19:00

Three Lions face an icy challenge in Sweden

Sweden v England

The two teams have met a total of 23 times, with England winning eight of those games, Sweden six with nine draws.

They last faced each other on that unforgettably night in the summer.

On June 15th the Olympic Stadium in Kiev witnessed a wonderfully exciting battle that swung one way then the other. Ultimately, Roy Hodgeson's England prevailed 3-2 after being behind.

Danny Welbeck hit the cheekiest of flicks in the 78th minute to win the match and gave cause for euphoria throughout England. (We have enhanced the odds on Danny Welbeck to score and England to win to 5/1 * Bet is voided and money returned if player does not start match)

Despite not getting his name on the scoresheet, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was and is an inspiration for the Swedish team and if there is anyone on the pitch who will have total confidence in their own ability, he is the one. Can he score on the way to a home win? (We are offering an enhanced price of 4/1 on Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score and Sweden to win. * Bet is voided and money returned if player does not start match)

Friendly Internationals can be as dramatic as their competition counterparts, with the occasional experimental line up or extra freedom of approach offering the players the chance to impress and express.

Historically Sweden v England is a close affair, with the odd goal the difference at the end of the day. Don't be mistaken that this means a lack of goals, as in the twenty three previous meetings, the ball has hit the back of the net 64 times, which equates to 2.78 goals per match.

A Swedish 2-1 win is 17/2, while an English win by the same score is 10/1.

As these prices confirm, Sweden (6/4) are slight favourites over England (9/5), with the draw available at the time of writing at 11/5.

The match is played in Stockholm and home advantage is always to be taken into consideration.

Roy Hodgeson is without talisman Wayne Rooney and will be hoping and expecting that some of the less experienced players brought into the squad will be up to the task of wearing the Three Lions on their chest.

Great news for every England fans on Monday, as Stevie G was passed fit to gain his 100th cap against the Swedes and the Liverpool wizard is 10/1 to score the first goal of the match and 7/2 to score any time. It would be fitting if Gerrard could hit the back of the net and no one would begrudge him the glory.

As is always the case, Sweden will not need any incentive to defeat England, as everyone wants to defeat us!

Worth a punt:

Correct Score - England to win 3-2 @ 40/1

Double Result - England/Sweden @ 28/1 & Sweden/England @ 33/1



Sweden v England Opta Facts

England have won two and lost just one of their last seven clashes with Sweden. Both victories came in the last two games; with the most recent fixture during Euro 2012 (3-2).

England have failed to score just once in their last 22 international matches.

Of their last eight away matches, England have won six and lost none. They have managed to keep five clean sheets in that run.

Sweden have won three and lost none of their last four matches, including a dramatic 4-4 draw with Germany last time out.

The Swedes have won seven and lost just one (to Brazil) of their last eight home internationals; although Wednesday's game is at a brand new stadium.

Joleon Lescott (849 minutes) has featured more than any other player under Roy Hodgson for England.

Theo Walcott have been used as a sub by Roy Hodgson seven times for England. No other players have been subbed on more than four times (Henderson and Oxlade-Chamberlain). Walcott has started just once under Hodgson.

England have scored just three goals in their last seven trips to Stockholm and have won none of these games (L4 D3).

Both England goals on their last two trips to Stockholm (1992 and 1998) came in the opening five minutes of each game. Sweden came back to win 2-1 on both occasions.

Roy Hodgson has won seven and lost none of his 11 games in charge of England so far (excluding penalties).

Should he play, Steven Gerrard will make his 100th appearance for England, becoming the sixth player to play 100 times for England and the first since David Beckham in March 2008.

Danny Welbeck has scored with all four of his shots on target for England.



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