England v Sweden

There will be plenty of focus on England's second match at Euro 2012 and they are likely to need a win here to have much of a chance of qualifying as group winners which would mean they avoid Spain in all likelihood.

There are no easy games against Sweden though and they will be looking to cause a bit of an upset here. The good news for England is Roy Hodgson has plenty of experience of Swedish football and that could help England's approach to the game.

England v Sweden Match Odds

Match betting is a massively popular market and the first market most punters choose to look at as your decision in this market is likely to impact all other bets you place on the game.
Italy v Rep of Ireland
Full Time Result
Odds Bookie
Italy 1.36
Draw 5.20
Ireland 10.00

Head To Head Record

Games Played England Wins Draws Sweden Wins
22 7 9 6

Recent Meetings

Date Competition/Venue Team Result Team
10/11/2001 Friendly/Manchester England 1:1 (1:1) Sweden
02/06/2002 World Cup 2002/Saitama England 1:1 (1:1) Sweden
31/03/2004 Friendly/Gothenburg Sweden 1:0 (0:0) England
20/06/2006 World Cup 2006/Cologne Sweden 2:2 (0:1) England
15/11/2011 Friendly/London England 1:0 (1:0) Sweden


England were one of just five teams to qualify for Euro 2012 unbeaten and Fabio Capello has installed that hard to beat spirit into his England team since taking over as manager. England also have a recent friendly victory over Sweden, less than a year ago England beat Sweden 1-0 in comfortable fashion and that means they will go into this match in confident mood. As for Sweden, they may have qualified automatically for Euro 2012 but they didn't win their group and they were even beaten by Hungary so most punters will expect England to beat Sweden and they are a decent bet to do so.

England v Sweden Asian Handicap Odds

The Asian Handicap is an interesting bet as it usually gives one team a lead that should be enough to cancel out any superiority the favourites for the game have.
Italy v Rep of Ireland
Asian Hcap
Odds Bookie
Italy -1.25 2.00
Rep of Ireland 1.25 2.00


Sweden made a fairly poor start to Euro 2012, losing to a Ukraine side who didn't look that brilliant and England should really be winning this match. On all evidence so far under Roy Hodgson England aren't going to be a very attacking team which makes backing them when giving away a handicap dangerous but the fact that Sweden now need a win should play into England's hands and England can counter attack themselves to a few goals and make this bet a winner.

England v Sweden Goals Odds

Take a look at recent results for the two sides to help decide what the best bets are in the over/under betting and also the correct score market.
Italy v Rep of Ireland
Total Goals
Odds Bookie
Over 2.5 1.75
Under 2.5 2.15
Correct Score
Odds Bookie
Italy #1-0 7.00
Italy #2-0 7.00
Italy #3-0 9.50
Italy #2-1 10.00
Win To Nil
Odds Bookie
Italy 2.20
Rep of Ireland 15.00

England Recent Competitive Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
12/10/2010 England 0-0 (0-0) Montenegro
26/03/2011 Wales 0-2 (0-2) England
04/06/2011 England 2-2 (1-2) Switzerland
02/09/2011 Bulgaria 0-3 (0-3) England
06/09/2011 England 1-0 (1-0) Wales
07/10/2011 Montenegro 2-2 (1-2) England

Sweden Recent Competitive Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
03/06/2011 Moldova 1-4 (0-2) Sweden
07/06/2011 Sweden 5-0 (3-0) Finland
02/09/2011 Hungary 2-1 (1-0) Sweden
06/09/2011 San Marino 0-5 (0-0) Sweden
07/10/2011 Finland 1-2 (0-1) Sweden
11/10/2011 Sweden 3-2 (1-1) Holland


England have goals in them, they averaged more than a goal a game in qualifying in a group that didn't really have a whipping boy like many other groups. If they had really gone for it against Sweden in the friendly match between the sides they could have scored two or three and it is worth noting that England gained that victory without Wayne Rooney, who won't be present in this match either. Sweden meanwhile had one of the worst defensive records out of the qualifiers, they conceded on average more than a goal a game and that is worrying ahead of a match against a team of England's calibre. England won half their games to nil in qualifying which is a great ratio and they scored exactly two goals in three of their last five competitive matches ahead of Euro 2012 so a 2-0 win looks likely here.

England v Sweden Player Odds

Some of the most fun markets to bet on are the player markets, such as first goalscorer and anytime goalscorer. They are usually relatively big odds and can give plenty of reward if you pick correctly.
Italy v Rep of Ireland
First Goalscorer
Odds Bookie
Antonio Di Natale 5.50
Mario Balotelli 6.00
Antonio Cassano 6.50
Fabio Borini 8.00
Anytime Goalscorer
Odds Bookie
Antonio Di Natale 2.25
Mario Balotelli 2.40
Antonio Cassano 2.60
Fabio Borini 3.10

England v Sweden Goalscorer Stats

Player Games (Sub) Goals Games Scored In First Goals Last Goals Hat Tricks Pens Scored
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Swe) 7 (1) 5 2 1 0 1 0
Sebastian Larsson (Swe) 8 (2) 3 3 1  0 0 1
Kim Kallstrom (Swe) 8 (2) 3 3 3 0 0 0
Christian Wilhelmsson (Swe) 3 (1) 3 2 0 1 0 0
Wayne Rooney (Eng) 7 3 2 1 1 0 0
Ashley Young (Eng) 5 (2) 3 3 2 2 0 0
Jermain Defoe (Eng) 2 3 1 1 1 1 0

England v Sweden Bookings Stats

Below are all the players who were booked more than once or sent off during qualifying for both teams.

Player Games (Sub) Yellow Cards First Yellow Card Of Game Red Cards
Wayne Rooney* (Eng) 7 2 1 1
Olof Mellberg (Swe) 6 0 0 1
James Milner (Eng) 4 (2) 3 1 0
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Swe) 7 (1) 2 0 0
Ola Toivonen (Swe) 7 (2) 2 0 0

*Please note that Wayne Rooney us suspended for this match.

England v Sweden Team News

Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker have been struggling with exhaustion following a tough match in the heat against France and both players are expected to recover in time, if there are problems with either Jordan Henderson is on standby to start. Glen Johnson has a toe infection but should start but Wayne Rooney remains out suspended and Martin Kelly misses out with a virus.

Sweden look likely to shuffle their pack slightly after an opening loss against Ukraine. Jonas Olsson should come in at centre back and that would see Andreas Granqvist move to right back. Markus Rosenberg could miss out with fit again Johan Elmander showing no ill effects having come off the bench against Ukraine, the former Bolton man is expected to come into the starting line up. 


Whether Andy Carroll starts this match or comes off the bench he looks a decent bet to score last against Sweden. With a 2-0 win predicted it could be that late on Sweden have to gamble to try to salvage something from the game and if that is the case England might help themselves to a late goal on the counter attack. Rooney is suspended so the man the chances fall to could well be Andy Carroll and if he doesn't play in this match stakes on him to score will be refunded so we don't have to worry about the team news on this bet. England scored last as often as they scored first in qualifying whilst Sweden only scored seven last goals compared to eight first goals so the last goal looks a better option for England players.

England v Sweden Half Time Odds

The latest tips that include the half time result in them, some of the most popular bets here are half time result and half time/full time.
Italy v Rep of Ireland
Half Time Result
Odds Bookie
Italy 1.80
Draw 2.70
Rep of Ireland 9.50
Half Time / Full Time
Odds Bookie
Italy - Italy 1.91
Draw - Italy 4.60
Draw - Draw 8.50
Draw - Rep of Ireland 19.00
Team Games HT Wins HT Draws HT Losses 1st Half Goals 2nd Half Goals
England 8 6 1 1 11 6
Sweden 10 5 3 2 11 20


England had a good record of getting goals in the first half of games in qualifying, they scored eleven first half goals compared to just six second half goals so they may get the majority of their scoring done in the first half. Meanwhile almost two thirds of Sweden's qualifying goals came in the second half so presuming England score in the first half we are likely to see England lead at half time and full time in this match, especially with England backed to keep a clean sheet in this match.

England v Sweden Best Bet

England look a fair price to win this game but it looks worth the extra risk of backing them to keep a clean sheet and to win to nil in order to give the odds a rather significant boost. This was a winning bet in half of England's qualifiers and with some little doubts over exactly how many goals England score it looks quite likely that Sweden won't be scoring any making England to win to nil the best bet in this match.
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