Euro 2012 Odds and Predictions: Sweden vs. France Best Bet
|Written by Charlie Jimenez|
|Tuesday, 19 June 2012 04:19|
The group stage at Euro 2012 comes to an end on Tuesday with the definition of group D in Ukraine. Sweden and France closed the curtain in the first round of the maximum continental competition at national team in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.
Sweden comes to this commitment virtually no motivation whatsoever. The rapid elimination of the yellow Scandinavian conducive to only have the incentive to make life difficult for Les Bleus.
The run by Erik Hamren accumulated in Ukraine another blow that adds to its dismal performance in his last stakes in major tournaments (World Championship) where the last participation "salvageable" occurred in the 2006 World Cup, when he fell into second round final against hosts Germany.
Even the drive and the quality of Zlatan Ibrahimovic was enough this time to avoid a catastrophe: the defeat against Ukraine on debut (2-1) began to invade the Scandinavians doubt gave a great show against England but ended to fall again (3-2).
Against France, Sweden will try to close with dignity this event to then focus their energies on getting the pass to World Cup Brazil 2014. So while Erik Hamren may give chance to some elements not used in previous games, and no pressure and only with the idea of "putting the foot" in the top blue.
For its part, the "Bleus" come into this match with the idea of confirming their status as candidate for the title, presented in the first two games of the Euro. The run by Lauren Blanc tied at 1 with England on debut and then "placed" to "Zbirna", 2-0 the last time.
It is possible that the helmsman Blanc used some changes for this meeting, but the explosion in front that found in the game against Ukraine with Jeremy Menez, who replaced Florent Malouda could seduce him to give the opportunity, once again, striker Paris Saint Germain, responsible for the first goal against the whole host.
The problem is his warning to Menez achieved in the party, thereby putting in doubt his participation because it would alienate a yellow card for a hypothetical quarter-final duel. In the same situation are the defenders Philippe Mexes and Mathieu Debuchy.
Although France still fails its mathematical qualification to the next round, it is very difficult to run out of Euro on Tuesday. A draw automatically puts the next phase, even a defeat would keep them alive as long as they avoid the thrashing of the Scandinavians and, at the same time, England defeat Ukraine in Donetsk, only combination that eliminates the whole Gallic.
These selections have a showdown in European Championships, was the inauguration of Sweden in 1992, drew 1-1. Jan Eriksson scored for the Swedes and Jean-Pierre Papin matched by the French.
In total we have faced 17 times, France has an advantage with eight won by four losses, finished tied five times.
Sweden has four straight games without a win in Euro, has never linked five.
France accumulated 23 consecutive matches since losing to Belarus in September 2010. His best streak is 29, obtained between 1994 and 1996.
Head to Head: France against Sweden (8-5-4)
Score Prediction: France 3-1 Sweden
France against Sweden betting odds:
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