England versus Sweden Euro 2012

So today the English Football team take on Sweden, some might call it a crunch match or a grudge match, whichever way you look at it, winning this game is critical for both sides in order to progress to the next round.

Sweden has a very good record against England; the stats reflect that England has played Sverige 222 times and have won 7 drawn 9 and lost 6. So they are marginally ahead in terms of wins.

The 3 Lions still need to cope without Rooney and there seems to a some news about Carroll playing in this match. Sweden are supposed to be split asunder with their main man Ibrahimovich supposedly giving the team a talking to.

UK sports betting fans can get some pretty decent odds at a variety of sports books.

At Bet365 players can get the following odds: Sweden 3.20 / Draw 3.20 / England 2.37
If you have a Betfair Sports account you can get the following odds: 3.35 / Draw 3.30 / England 2.48

The next match for England will be against co hosts Ukraine and that could be a very tight affair. The Ukrainian teams have performed admirably backed up by vociferous home support . Even the old codger Schevchenko has managed to score and will be hard to beat.

Sweden also have a record of upsetting England in tournaments and are a very solid team with good technical skills. A lot of their players play in Italy and Spain and must therefore be regarded as technically superior to the English team.

We do think though that with the new defensive approach and the speed that the English team has on its wings , both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Young can step on the gas means England should scrape a 1-0 win. If Carroll does play it will add some height and bite to the side Come on England.