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Tips For Sweden England Betting – Three Lions End Sweden’s Hopes

Posted by Todd Shale on 6/13/2012 3:01:24 PM

Online betting players are watching a more practical England squad with their main striker out, but their counterattack will be the story in their second Group D match as Sweden has to attack and that plays right into England’s hands.

What: Soccer Betting
When: Friday, June 15th, 2:45 PM ET
Where: Kiev Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine
Pick: England

Why Bet On Sweden

The Swedes gave up a pair of headers to Andriy Shevchenko in a 2-1 loss to the co-hosts from Ukraine in a very entertaining match, and their best player was captain Zlatan Ibrahimovich, who played a more withdrawn role in order to see more of the ball. It worked as Ibrahimovich was at the heart of everything Sweden did well, scoring a goal, hitting the post with another attempt and he set his teammates up. However, Ibrahimovich was also the player that lost Shevchenko on the second goal during a set piece, and that was Sweden’s downfall as Ukraine scored both in a seven-minute span. But it wasn’t all Ibrahimovich as his teammates failed to convert on the chances that their talisman set up for them; substitute Johan Elmander missed out on a beauty of a chance in the late stages of the match.

Thanks to that loss, Sweden now has to go for it against England and that could leave them exposed at the back. But Sweden really doesn’t have a choice if they want to make it to the quarterfinal for the second time in their last four trips to the European Championship. Ibrahimovich will have to play an even bigger role, but it is frustrating for the Swedish captain as his teammates aren’t up to his caliber of play. If the rest of the Swedes can’t keep up, it is going to be a long day for Ibrahimovich as England is very sound defensively and will not give him a lot of room to roam.

Why Bet On England

England are without their star, Wayne Rooney, so they were always going to sit back and try to hit France on the counterattack or grab a goal from a set piece, which is what happened as Joleon Lescott nodded home a wonderful ball from captain Steven Gerrard after 30 minutes. But then England camped out in their 18-yard box and allowed Samri Nasri too much space as he rifled home the equalizer nine minutes later and the two teams settled for a draw. The final 20 minutes was dire as the heat seemed to drag the players down, and everyone seemed to decide that a point was best for everyone involved. But it was a workmanlike performance from England, led by Gerrard, who did well to help out in midfield as well as try and support Danny Wellbeck. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ashley Young ran at the French defense, but seemed to tire as the game wore on. Besides scoring a goal, Lescott paired with John Terry to form a strong defensive unit, and this was the England team that soccer betting sharps should have expected with Rooney on the sidelines, which is where he’ll be for this game as well, so England likely won’t stray from the plan.

However, James Milner could be in danger of losing his midfield spot as he was virtually silent, outside of missing a wide-open net. Since moving to Manchester City, Milner’s attacking instincts have been curbed and it is almost like he didn’t know what to do with the ball when he rounded French keeper Hugo Lloris, instead hitting the side of the net. Theo Walcott came on late and could look to steal Milner’s spot, or perhaps Jordan Henderson, who also entered the game in the later stages. With Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry injured, England’s midfield is short on bodies, so it’ll be interesting to see what moves they make, if any.

How It Will Play Out

Soccer betting odds have England as a +110 favorite in this huge Group D clash, while Sweden comes in at +265 and a draw is rated at +220. These two have been equal throughout their history with each side winning six and drawing nine of their 21 matches, although England has a better goal difference of +5. England came away with a 1-0 win at Wembley Stadium back in November thanks to an own goal by Sweden, but there wasn’t a lot between the sides.

Rooney didn’t feature in that match, either, so England will be confident that they can beat Sweden without their star player and they should be able to take advantage of the space allowed by a team that has to push forward, and we have seen that Sweden can play a little loose at the back. Take England to snag a win in your sports betting picks.

Sweden England Betting Pick: England


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