With both nations originally harboring ambitions of getting out of the group stages, Sweden and Ukraine face off here for a last eight berth in what looks the weakest of the last 16 fixtures.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Hampden Park
Sweden topped their group by virtue of a 94th minute winner from Victor Claesson in their 3-2 win over Poland. They have gone from strength to strength at Euro 2020 and have shown that they have many ways in which they can play.
Against Spain, the Scandinavian nation were dominated for much of it, but still managed to eke out a 0-0 draw. Up against Slovakia, they proved themselves to be too strong in defence for their opponents, running out 1-0 winners. Sweden’s ability to focus fully on defending and then switching to attack will be their biggest strength against Ukraine.
Ukraine have been mostly entertaining to watch at Euro 2020 but barely made it through the group stage as the fourth best third-placed finishers.
Now seeking victory in their first-ever Euros knockout round appearance as an independent nation, the Blue and Yellow need step up against the Swede as the two times they had come up against teams ranked higher than them by FIFA, they lost on both occasions.
Ukraine played really well against the Netherlands, coming back from two goals down but eventually losing the game 3-2, but against Austria however, they found it difficult to create chances and this is where they could struggle against a Swedish team that has kept a clean sheet in six of their last eight games.
Janne Andersson will have all 26 players available for the match.
Oleksandr Zubkov is set to miss this game due to an injury.
Sweden’s last five games: WWDWW
Ukraine’s last five games: WWLWL
Sweden are unbeaten in their last eight games, winning six of them.
Ukraine have scored exactly one goal in six of their last nine matches.
After securing clean sheets in their opening two group games against Spain and Slovakia, Sweden then showed their quality in attack by scoring three times against Poland.
Ukraine haven’t kept a clean sheet in the tournament so far and have relied on their attack to get them enough points to progress, but Sweden’s defence is more than capable of handling Ukraine’s attacking threats. Back Sweden for an outright win at odds of 13/10.
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