England will be looking for their first victory of Euro 2012 on Friday evening when they take on a Sweden side at odds against with Paddy Power who also report free bets, as Roy Hodgson’s side look to bounce back from defeat to Ukraine.
The Three Lions may well have conceded their first goal under new manager Roy Hodgson during Monday’s opener against France, but the 1-1 draw was a decent start for them in this tournament.
Avoiding defeat in the opening game is always important and this was especially the case for England as they were taking on an in-form France side. It is now important that they build on this with victory over Sweden.
With regards to what changes need to be made to ensure England at the very least maintain their performance against France, there is no doubt that Hodgson would like to see more creative spark in the final third.
Danny Welbeck was superb up front on his own, but he needs some help up there with Ashley Young needing to get on the ball a lot more. Then, Captain Steven Gerrard will look to take up more attacking positions too.
As for Sweden, they will see their good record against England over the years as a significant positive, but there is no doubt that they need to lift themselves after defeat to Ukraine.
Despite star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic opening the scoring for them, they were overwhelmed when the co-hosts hit back with two goals in quick succession. They had no answer for it and this is a worry with regards to their chances in this tournament.
They are expect to make changes for Friday’s match though so with Ibrahimovic leading the line and some fresh faces in the mix, they will hope for a much improved performance.
England are definitely favourites and if they play as well as they can, it should be three points for the Three Lions.
Sweden are fighting for their lives though so it should be a tense and evenly matched encounter from 7.45pm on Friday.