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Sweden vs Ukraine, UEFA Euro 2020, Today Match Prediction

Glasgow, Hampden Park




Unlikely group winners Sweden take on Ukraine with a Quarter Final place up for grabs

  • Sweden finished as unlikely winners of Group E, ahead of Spain
  • Ukraine were a third-place finisher, behind Netherlands and Austria in Group C
  • Winner will face England or Germany in the Quarter Final

Sweden to win 2-1

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020 | Venue: Glasgow, Hampden Park

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By topping Group E, Sweden have given themselves a fantastic chance of reaching the Quarter Finals of a Euros for the first time since 2004.

By holding out for a draw against Spain, and winning their other two matches against Poland and Slovakia, the Swedes have earned a slightly kinder draw by avoiding the big names in the first knockout round of the tournament.

They’ve certainly gone under the radar, with few predicting much of them before the championships. However, a solid backline and some clinical finishing has seen them surprise many.

Ukraine started the tournament well, scoring twice in a narrow defeat to the Netherlands, before losing to Austria on the final game of the group to confirm their third-place finish.

However, they too have avoided a big name in this round and if they can overcome a stern Swedish side, will find themselves in the last eight for the first time in their history.

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World Ranking: 18

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Semi-Finals, 1992

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Have been clinical so far at these championships

     Undefeated in last eight games

Reasons to be fearful:

     May not enjoy being the favourites for once

     One of the most-travelled nations at this tournament

Sweden have been quietly efficient at this summer’s tournament so far, confidently despatching two of their three group opponents and earning a draw against Spain.

They have certainly racked up the mileage so far, however, with a combined 7,000 miles travelled between Seville, St. Petersburg and now Glasgow in Scotland for this knockout fixture.

That shouldn’t worry them too much, however, although they won’t be used to being favourites in a knockout game, as they are against Ukraine here.

They have a talented forward line, a solid and well-drilled defence and a midfield which won’t give the ball away cheaply. 

Can they throw off the shackles of favourites and claim victory that they probably should here?

Star Man – Emil Forsberg 

Is the tournament’s third-top scorer with three goals so far. In combination with the pacey Isak, they can cause any team problems.

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World Ranking: 24

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Group Stage

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Will be excited at reaching the first knockout round in their history

     Beat Sweden in their only previous competitive meeting

Reasons to be fearful:

     Rather fortunate to have progressed to the last 16

     Have conceded more than they have scored so far

Ukraine can count themselves more than a little lucky to have qualified for the Round of 16, and actually have their opponents to thank. If it hadn’t have been for Sweden’s last minute winner against Poland, the Ukraine wouldn’t have been part of the four best third-place teams from the group stage, therefore going home.

As it stands, they now have the opportunity to bite the hand that fed them, and they have happy memories of they last time they met in an International tournament, beating the Swedes 2-1 thanks to a Shevchenko winner.

Shevchenko now leads from the touchline, and he will be hoping to inspire his players to the same result here.

Star Man – Andriy Yarmolenko 

The left footed winger has plenty of quality, and in combination with Yaremchuk can be deadly. Can they break down a stubborn Swedish defence?

     Possession should be evenly shared

     Both sides should have chances to score

     First goal could prove decisive

In these types of games, where there is no absolutely clear favourite, the first goal is often crucial.

Sweden have scored the fastest goal of the tournament so far, after just 82 seconds, and a quick start could prove decisive here.

Ukraine have quality upfront themselves, but will always need to be wary of the power and pace of the Swedish attack.

Sweden to win 2-1


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Author: Ross B.