The last 16 of Euro 2020 throws up a battle of blue and yellow, as Sweden take on Ukraine at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Tuesday. This is a great opportunity for both countries to reach the quarter-finals, where either England or Germany await.
Where and when: Hampden Park – 29 June, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Sweden vs. Ukraine: BBC
Last time: These countries haven’t crossed paths since the opening match of the group stage at Euro 2012. Zlatan Ibrahimovic put Sweden into the lead, but a brace from Andriy Shevchenko handed Ukraine a 2-1 victory.
Sweden v Ukraine Predictions and Preview
Ukraine were joint hosts when these teams last met at Euro 2012, with both countries failing to get out of a group which also contained England and France. The English could be next up in the quarter-finals for one of these Blue and Yellows, with one country definitely progressing this time to face either the Three Lions or Germany.
This will be just the fifth ever meeting between these countries, and only the second competitive one. Ukraine have emerged triumphant on three occasions, with one of those a penalty shootout victory. This game could go all the way to extra-time and penalties if the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes, with that particular outcome 9/4 in the betting.
Sweden are the 11/8 favourites with William Hill, following a superb performance through the group stage. The Blagult shared a goalless draw with Spain before beating Slovakia and Poland to top Group E. Janne Andersson’s side showed plenty of grit and determination in their final group fixture, securing a 3-2 victory over Poland via a 94th-minute winner from Viktor Claesson.
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Ukraine, on the other hand, had a much tougher time of it in their group, only managing a single win in three games. That came over lowest-ranked side at the tournament, North Macedonia, in their second match, and even that was a narrow 2-1 victory with some nervy moments at the end.
The Blue and Yellow lost 3-2 to the Netherlands in their first match and 1-0 to Austria in their final game, only just securing their spot in the round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed sides. Even that was by a single goal from Finland in the goal difference column, with Shevchenko’s side the 5/2 underdogs in these Sweden v Ukraine predictions.
However, the Swedes are often more comfortable against stronger teams. They’re happy to sit in deep and defend with their backs against the wall, looking to nick something on the break or from a set-piece. They’ll need to show more of the initiative against Ukraine, which levels up the playing field somewhat.
That said, Sweden have no injury troubles coming into this game, while Ukraine could be missing Denys Popov and Oleksandr Zubkov, who both have calf injuries. Either way, the Swedes are the 13/17 favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals, with Ukraine available at 13/10.
One to watch for Sweden: Emil Forsberg was excellent in the group stage, netting three goals for the table-topping Swedes. Two of those were to open the scoring against Slovakia and Poland, with Forsberg looking attractive at 9/1 to break the deadlock for the third game in a row on Tuesday.
One to watch for Ukraine: Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring for Ukraine against North Macedonia, while the West Ham United forward bagged his country’s first goal against the Netherlands too – even if they were already two down at the time. He is also 9/1 in the first goalscorer market here.
Long shot: After a helter-skelter game against Poland, the Swedes will want to return to the sort of miserly performance that saw them keep clean sheets against Slovakia and Spain. A 1-0 Blagult victory is 6/1 in these Sweden v Ukraine tips, rising to 59/1 if you include Forsberg as the scorer.