Its a bumper Friday of Euro 2012 action as England take on Sweden, with Roy Hodgson looking for his first win as William Hill make the three lions odds against, and also report free bets on the game. France v Ukraine precedes the game in what should be a facinating encounter, as all four teams battle for supremacy of Group D.
For England, the signs are all positive after a strong performance against France in their opening game, as Hodgson will look for goals this time out, with Andy Carroll and Theo Walcott included in the side to add more attacking bite.
Sweden themselves have to for the win after a 2-1 reversal against Ukraine, and all the pressure will fall on the shoulders of Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front.
If Sweden are to do anything in the game, the big AC Milan striker will have to play well.
With Ukraine still bouncing after their 2-1 win over Sweden you can rest assured France will need to be at their best to beat the co-host nation.
A win for France would put them just one point away from qualification whilst if Ukraine could continue their 100% record then they would be guaranteed a passage into the knockout stages.
The bookmakers are all-but ruling out the chances of Ukraine winning this match however and have the hosts as 11/4 (Bet365) to record another upset on their own patch after Andrei Shevchenko’s historic double against the Swedes.
France have been all-the-rage to defeat Ukraine though with their price now 11/10 – don’t be surprised if they go odds-on if the money continues to be piled onto Laurent Blanc’s side. The draw is available at 9/4 .
Any punter that reckons the game will end a draw may want to take their custom to Paddy Power as they have a great money back special for their Paddy Power Mobile customers. They are set to refund all losing first goalscorer, last goalscorer and correct score singles placed through Paddy Power Mobile if the match ends in a score draw.
This gives punters a real edge in those affected markets, especially if you want some security on latching onto a huge price. Followers of Ukraine may be interested to know that France have failed to win any of their two previous encounters against host nations at European Championship finals, therefore a Ukraine 1-0 win may tickle the fancy of a selection of punters.
France to win by the same scoreline can be backed at a terribly short 5/1 with Paddy. What may provide better value is backing the French to take advantage of a weak looking Ukraine defence and stick a fair few goals past them. Both 3-1 (19/1 Paddy Power) and 4-1 (50/1) look like giving you a run for your money.