Sweden v England Betting Tip Both teams to score – Friday 15th June 2012

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Sweden v England

Despite taking the lead against the Ukraine, Sweden lost two quick goals and ended up losing the match. They had numerous chances after going 2-1 down but couldn’t quite muster the equalizer and instead, head into Friday’s game with no points on the board. It makes a victory absolutely essential against England and although they are underdogs, they will take some comfort in the fact that they are unbeaten against the English in competitive football – a run of seven games. Records are of course there to be broken but they’re hard to break the longer they go on and it could be a factor. What Sweden have to do is make it difficult for England from the outset and not allow them to get a foothold in the game by the way of an early goal. With a player such as Zlatan in their side there is always a chance of victory but they must not lose the game before they can win it.

England frustrated France from the start of the game on Monday and denied them the chance to get in any sort of rhythm. By sitting deep and narrowing the field they couldn’t really hurt the French either though and you would have to think that they will have to alter their game plan to win on Friday. Sweden are unlikely to force the issue, opting to counter attack instead. This may force England’s hand and the talk is they will go two upfront, bringing Andy Carroll in alongside Danny Welbeck with Ashley Young moving to a wide midfield role. Roy Hodgson has to take the brakes off, slightly, if to put Sweden under pressure and he’ll have seen enough from their opening game to know that they are not watertight at the back so taking a bit of a risk by opening up their midfield could pay dividends at the end of the 90 minutes.

As much as neither side are associated with free flowing, attacking football, I think this could be quite an open game because of the circumstances. Both sides need the win and although they won’t abandon their usual systems completely, they must surely open up and this could leave space for the attackers to exploit.

Hodgson has adopted a defensive approach using the majority of his players to compensate for a fragile back four and ageing central midfield. Sweden have an ageing Olaf Mellberg at the heart of their defence as well as a lack of pace in their backline which has resulted in them counter attacking.

England look the most likely victors but their record against Sweden put’s me off. I think both sides will look to get forward and there could be enough attacking play for both teams to score.

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