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  • on 15.06.2012
  • at 10:29 AM
  • by KT

England 5/6 to score first against Swedes | England v Sweden Preview

Yes we all know that England have a poor record against the Swedes in competitive games. In fact they have yet to register a win in a competitive encounter, having drawn five and lost the other two.

England did make a decent start to their Euro 2012 campaign however with a draw against the French and come into this game as 13/10 favourites (best price with Victor Chandler). But despite that draw being recognised as a good result, it is worth noting that England’s back five had to work harder than any team has done so far in the tournament.

Joe Hart made more saves (six) than any other goalkeeper in the first round of group games, and England’s defenders blocked more shots in their group opener than any other team has done at the European Championships since 1980.

Even more alarming was the fact that England’s strikers didn’t attempt to take on a single shot against Les Bleus – the only side that failed to do so in the opening round of group games. So if you do fancy the Swedes to get one over Roy Hodgson’s men you can get odds of 11/4 (Bet365).

That said this Sweden side is not up to the standard that it was a decade ago. Of course Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a class act, scoring in each of his last four international games, but if John Terry and Joleon Lescott can keep him quiet, the likes of Steven Gerrard and Ashley Young should have more freedom to express themselves and hurt the Swedish back-line. Given Sweden’s lack of quality we fancy England to have enough to win the game and will be taking advantage of the 13/10 on offer.

The AC Milan striker is 8/1 to score first against the Three Lions, whilst Gerrard and Young are 10/1 and 9/1 respectively.

Another thing to remember is that Sweden are traditionally slow starters; often trying to ‘feel’ their way into the games. In fact 17 of Sweden’s 20 goals at European Championship finals have come in the second half of games and we fancy England to bag the first goal at 5/6 (Victor Chandler).

England v Sweden Tips

England to Win - 13/10 (Victor Chandler)
England to score first – 5/6 (Victor Chandler)

 

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