Ukraine vs Sweden Preview Prediction
The joint host nation of Euro 2012 doesn’t look to be one of the stronger teams at the event. The lack of competitive football may hurt them at the end of the day, even though they will be cheered on by a partisan home support of course. The Ukraine have not had the greatest of build ups to the tournament in their own back yard either, losing against Austria and then Turkey, so that isn’t the kind of results that you want coming into a major tournament. Still, the general perception of the Ukraine is that they are a hard working side and organised enough in the middle to make for stubborn opposition. They have the veteran Andriy Shevchenko in their ranks as he enters his last major tournament, but they look as if they make struggle for goals and creativity against tough defences. They will have to rely perhaps more on a bit of passion and pride to get them through, because they are not strong enough to hold out for ninety minutes against top quality attacks. However, they are in Group D, which is an evenly balanced group and therefore they may have a chance at squeezing out a surprise or two. Whether their Euro 2012 is a major success or major failure could depend on this opening game. Maximum points here would be a major fillip as they then have to go on and face England and France. If they face those two with points in the bag already, then they will make even harder opponents for the two group favourites.

For some unknown reason, Sweden have pretty much been written off by the bookmakers. Reading Euro 2012 odds, and Sweden don’t look as if they are going to have any kind of look in. They are not even favourites to beat the Ukraine, which may be a bit strange. Sweden were the best runners up out of all qualification groups for Euro 2012 and booked an automatic place at the finals. They won a big, crucial game against the Netherlands for that to happen, and the Swedes have won all four of their international friendlies played this year. They beat Croatia away and secured recent wins over Iceland and Serbia. So they should be in a pretty confident mood, and their attack will be spearheaded by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who should get amongst the goals. Sweden are very strong in the middle of the park, and they averaged over three goals per game during Euro 2012 qualification and all of these things make up a sound reasoning for Sweden not to be totally dismissed from your betting plans in Group D. They are very competitive and strong and because they have been labelled with the underdog tag, well that just may make then even more of a threat to France and England in the group. There could be Swedish surprises waiting in the wings.

Ukraine vs Sweden Head to Head
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FIFA Ranking
Ukraine: 52
Sweden: 17

Ukraine 55% vs 45% Sweden

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