Ace Football previews the last-16 tie between Sweden and Ukraine in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, the best odds, and form guides.
Sweden and Ukraine lock horns for a clash in the European Championship this Tuesday to compete for a spot in the quarter-finals. In the FIFA world rankings, the Swedes sit in 18th and 6 spots above their 24th-placed opponents.
Sweden qualified for the knockout stages of Euro 2020 by finishing as Group E winners. They bagged 7 points from 3 games and hope to progress past the last-16 round for only the third time in their history, having previously done so in 1992 and 2004.
Ukraine, on the other hand, survived a 1-0 defeat to Austria in their Group C finale to reach the knockouts as one of the best 3rd-placed teams. They’ve done well to reach this stage and hope to extend their run onto the next round.
Stats and Analysis
When it comes to goal-scoring Sweden are not the most prolific side. The Blue and Yellow scored a sustainable 18 times in their previous 10 internationals across all competitions, making it 1.8 goals per game. But they have been great in defense, having conceded a lowly 8 goals at their own end. That is an average of 0.8 a game, with a clean sheet in 6 of those matches.
Ukraine, on the other hand, have fared worse than Sweden in the goal-scoring department. Andriy Shevchenko’s side have bagged 13 goals in their previous 10 internationals across all competitions to create an average of 1.3 goals per game. They held on for a clean sheet in 2 of these matches, conceding 12 goals which is an average of 1.2 per game.
Stats and facts for Sweden and Ukraine.
Fun stats Sweden
- Sweden unbeaten the last 9 matches in a row;
- Sweden has won the last 3 matches in a row at home;
- Sweden unbeaten the last 7 matches in a row at home;
- Sweden has won in the last 4 of 5 matches.
Fun stats Ukraine
- Ukraine scored in the last 9 of 11 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Ukraine’s last 5 of 7 matches;
- Ukraine conceded in the last 5 of 7 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Ukraine’s last 2 of 4 matches.
Swedes looking formidable.
Sweden look to have found a rich vein of form right now with yet another win last week.
In their previous 3 matches, Janne Andersson’s side ended with a 0-0 draw against Spain and went on to a 1-0 win against Slovakia. Their latest match served up a 3-2 win against Poland.
Ukraine struggling for consistency.
It has been up and down for Ukraine going into this match as recent results offer little sense of progress.
In their last 3 matches, Andriy Shevchenko’s men defeated 3-2 by the Netherlands, followed by a 2-1 win against Macedonia. Their most recent match brought a 1-0 defeat against Austria.
Sweden v Ukraine Fixture History
The last time the two nations squared up against each other, which was back on 11 June 2012, Ukraine ran away with a 2-1 victory.
Sweden enter the match against Ukraine with a 1-0-3 record in their previous 10 encounters in the European Championship.
Man of the Moment
Sweden are banking on Emil Forsberg to bring his A-game to the table as he has in recent internationals in which he claimed 4 goals in 6 outings.
Ukraine will hoping Andriy Yarmolenko can find the back of the net once again. He is on 4 goals in their last 6 internationals and Ukraine need him to shine.