European Championships 2020
Tuesday 29th June 2021
Kick off at 8pm BST
Venue: Hampden Park
Sweden will be the favourites but make no mistake this will be an open market and this is a game that either side can win and both will fancy their chances.
Sweden finished 1st in their group, one that contained Spain in which they drew 0-0 against the Spanish. Wins followed against Slovakia and then Poland. Victory over Poland was secured in a stunning fashion as the Swedes ran into a 2-0 lead only to be pulled back to 2-2 before scoring a last minute goal through Viktor Claesson.
Before the tournament veteran player and all round super star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was injured and that had led many to believe that Sweden’s Euro’s were going to be derailed but far from it.
Ukraine looked to be heading out but made it by the scrap of their teeth as one of the best 3rd ranked teams. Andriy Shevchenko’s team have been entertaining and we witnessed the full force of this squad early on when they were losing 2-0 against the Netherlands only to score 2 goals in the space of a few minutes, though they ended up losing an entertaining match 3-2. Ukraine followed that up by winning their only match of the tournament so far, a 2-1 victory over North Macedonia. Their last game ended in a 1-0 defeat against Austria.
At the end of the day Ukraine have looked exciting going forward and one of their star players has been West Ham talisman Andriy Yarmolenko. However losing 2 of your 3 group games would usually mean the end of your tournament and Ukraine made it to the knock out rounds simply by having a 1 goal better record over Finland.
Sweden: The Swedes have no injuries coming into this game and should stick with the same tactical selection that has seen them make the knock out round.
Ukraine: Olexandr Zubkov looks set to miss out with a calf injury.
Sweden vs Ukraine Head to Head:
Sweden are the favourites but in the 4 games that the nations have played each other Sweden has just 1 victory.
It’s been 9 years since the team last played each other which was at Euro 2012 and Ukraine won 2-1.
Sweden’s only victory came in a friendly match in 2011, they won 1-0.
There is a 75% chance to see under 2.5 goals.
Sweden vs Ukraine Prediction:
Ukraine certainly have the better results over Sweden but looking at this competition Sweden do look the favourites here. The worrying aspect from Ukraine’s point of view is the lack of goals, 4 so far yes, but two of those were against North Macedonia who were arguably the poorest side at Euro 2020.
Ukraine will be a danger and there has been talks of a tactical switch, because clearly the 4-3-3 wasn’t working. This competition has already thrown up some surprises and there does seem to be an underlining case for teams showing fighting spirit and belief, we have seen it from Czech Republic, Switzerland and Denmark, and maybe Sweden can go further than they think.
Certainly Sweden would have taken at least a quarter final place before the competition started and if they show some of their vigour and prowess like they did in the group stages, they should have just too much for their opponents and we will be opting for a Swedish victory.
Sweden vs Ukraine Betting Tips:
Asian handicap (0.0 Sweden) at 1.625
Anytime goalscorer: Emil Forsberg at 4.00
Half Time Correct Score: 0-0 or 1-0 to Sweden at 2.50 and 4.00