Euro Betting: Sweden vs Ukraine
Round of 16 | June 29 | Glasgow
Their Euros So Far
Sweden have had an excellent Euro campaign so far, surpassing expectations by beating Spain and Poland to top spot in their group, and remaining unbeaten going into the last 16. Even without the talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedes have been brilliant so far, with Emil Forsberg scoring three goals and winger Alexander Isak being a thorn in every opponent’s side. They look in great condition going into the game against Ukraine.
For Andriy Shevchenko’s men, they can be thankful to the Swedes themselves for grabbing the latest of late winners against Poland, to help them progress as one of the best third placed teams in the tournament.
They did show a lot of fight and quality in a narrow 3-2 defeat to Netherlands and a win over North Macedonia, but their loss to Austria shows some vulnerability in their squad. Andriy Yarmolenko has stood out for the Ukrainians so far, scoring twice to put him just 6 goals behind his manager, and Ukraine’s arguably best ever player, Andriy Shevchenko. The West Ham star believes the best is yet to come for his side.
Euro Squad News
Sweden have no new injury concerns, with the only question preceding the Ukraine game being whether Dejan Kulusevski will start or be a super-sub, following his suberb two-assist cameo against Poland. What is for certain, is that Forsberg and Isak will be front and centre of Sweden’s approach to winning the game.
For Ukraine, there is a lot of debate about the formation that Shevchenko will go with against the Swedes. As well as the 4-3-3 that he’s chosen so far, his side can also line up in a 3-5-2, which proved successful in a recent 1-1 draw with France, and pre-tournament counterattacking wins against Spain and Portugal.
There are injury concerns with Oleksandr Zubkov and Vikor Tsygankov, both not expected to make the game. However, good news lies in the news that striker Roman Yaremchuk is expected to return to the side.
There have only been four games between Sweden and Ukraine, but one of the most significant for the Ukrainian’s was undoubtedly the last at Euro 2012. It was Ukraine’s first ever Euro finals and they were co-hosts with Poland, and in their first ever game, they earned an historic victory over the Swedes. Current manager Andriy Shevchenko scored both goals in the 2-1 victory, adding further significance to their pending meeting now, at Euro 2020.
Yarmolenko was part of the 2012 game and assisted for one of Shevchenko’s goals, as was Sweden right-back Mikael Lustig. All three will be looking to have their own lasting influence on the upcoming one too.
So, will Sweden continue to excel at Euro 2020? Or will Shevchenko repeat his last success as an international player again as a manager?