Euro 2012: Sweden vs England Preview


A loss would eliminate Sweden from Euro 2012 following their defeat against Ukraine in the opening match while Roy Hodgson faces the nation in which he has won seven league titles in a crucial game for England.

Here are the probable line ups:

SWEDEN

Isaksson - Lustig, Mellberg, Granqvist, Martin Olsson - Svensson, Kallstrom - Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Toivonen - Elmander

ENGLAND

Hart - Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole - Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Oxlade-Chamberlain - Young - Welbeck

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be fit to start against England despite missing portions of Wednesday's training session due to an injury to his left thigh, that is the best possible news for Sweden. Apart from that, coach Erik Hamren could bring Johan Elmander in the starting eleven instead of Markus Rosenberg, who was the preferred man against Ukraine. There could also be a change in the middle of the park as Anders Svennson, an experienced player with 128 caps, could take the place of Rasmus Elm.

As for England, Roy Hodgson will probably stick with the line up that earned a draw against France. Hodgson said that he has concerns over how fatigue regarding central midfielders Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard but they probably will not be rested in such an important game.

Here are the match odds from Bet365:

Sweden - 11/4

Draw - 23/10

England - 11/10

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