Ukraine v Sweden follows England France as Ibrahamivoc set to fire Swedes

Co-hosts Ukraine get their Euro 2012 campaign underway tonight, as Ladbrokes report free bets and announce they have taken plenty of money on Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to find the net.

It Ukraine v Sweden in a crucial Group D clash.

With the weight of a nation on their shoulders, Ukraine will be hoping that they can deliver the goods when it counts.

After fellow hosts Poland were held to a 1-1 draw in their opening game on Friday evening, Ukraine will want to take advantage of their evening in the spotlight.

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With England and France – who are both expected to progress to the knockout stages – making up Group D, Ukraine know that this is their chance for three points. Get the win here and momentum could take them through.

Looking at their form going into this tournament, they have obviously been starved of competitive action, but with three wins in their last four home games, they will be in good spirits on Monday night.

As for Sweden, well this is their chance to spoil the party somewhat. All attention will be on Ukraine in the build up and the Swedes – who do have some talented players in their side – need to keep their composure and look to start the game well.

Then, the home crowd could get nervous and the Ukraine players will be reminded that, actually, Sweden are a decent side and one they would do well to get a positive result against.

For this reason, it could be a slightly cagey start to the game. Sweden are naturally quite reserved in their approach anyway and Ukraine might be wise just to have a solid start to this opening game of Euro 2012.

Having said that, the home crowd could demand a positive approach. They might see this as the best chance for their team to do well in a major tournament for many years and to see the players waste it would be extremely frustrating.

Overall, a fascinating game awaits in this one and it gets underway at 7.45pm on Monday evening.


Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.