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Sweden v Ukraine betting tips: Swedes can reach last eight again

| 29.06.2021

Preview and odds for the round-of-16 match

Both teams will be hoping to make the most of a kind draw in the round of 16 as we pick out potential Sweden v Ukraine betting tips.

Sweden were surprise winners of Group E ahead of Spain and have been rewarded with a meeting with Ukraine, who scraped through in third place in Group C.

Tuesday’s match is live on BBC One and kicks off at 8pm at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Sweden v Ukraine match odds

Sweden looked set to finish as runners-up in their group but Viktor Claesson’s stoppage-time winner in a 3-2 victory over Poland saw them leapfrog Spain.

Sweden had led 2-0 through Emil Forsberg’s double but they were pegged back by Robert Lewandowski’s second-half brace before Krasnodar winger Claesson held his nerve to slot home Sweden’s third in the fourth minute of added time.

It is the first time Sweden have progressed from their group at the Euros since reaching the quarter-finals in 2004 and they are in good form, having gone eight matches unbeaten this year with seven wins.

The only match they failed to win was a goalless draw with Spain and they had only conceded one goal during that run before coming up against Lewandowski.

Sweden are the 4/6 favourites to reach the quarter-finals, just as they did at the World Cup three years ago, and 27/20 to win in 90 minutes.

In terms of Sweden v Ukraine betting tips, the odds suggest a cagey contest with under 2.5 goals priced at just 8/15 while Sweden are 13/5 to win to nil.

Ukraine’s only win at Euro 2020 was a 2-1 victory against North Macedonia which came between defeats against Netherlands (3-2) and Austria (1-0).

Andriy Shevchenko's men are the underdogs in the Sweden v Ukraine betting tips

Boss Andriy Shevchenko admitted after the Austria game: “I think we physically were not ready. It is always difficult for us to play in such a short period of time three games.”

An eight-day break between games should help them improve for the knockout stage and Ukraine can be backed at 9/4 to win in normal time while the match is 2/1 to go to extra time when Sweden are still seen as the more likely winners at 10/1.

Five of the six goals in Sweden’s matches have been in the second half and 13/10 is on offer for the first half to be goalless while the most goals to come in the second half is 21/20.

Sweden v Ukraine head-to-head

Shevchenko will be on the touchline on Tuesday but was the hero on the pitch when the teams last met.

That was a group game at the European Championship in 2012 when Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Sweden a second-half lead but Shevchenko, at the age of 35, headed in two goals in the space of six minutes to secure a 2-1 victory for the co-hosts.

It remains the only competitive meeting between the two teams, with both enjoying one win apiece from three friendlies.

Previous XI

Sweden vs Ukraine - Football tactics and formations
Sweden: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Augustinsson, Danielsson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Olsson, Isak, Quaison.

Ukraine: Bushchan, Zabarnyi, Mykolenko, Karavaev, Matvienko, Sydorchuk, Malinovskyi, Shaparenko, Zinchenko, Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk.

Team news

Forsberg is expected to be fit despite sitting out training on Saturday and Sweden coach Janne Andersson has reported no fresh selection concerns.

Ukraine striker Roman Yaremchuk is a fitness concern, along with midfielder Viktor Tsygankov and winger Oleksandr Zubkov.

Key battles

Youngster Alexander Isak is the focal point of Sweden’s attacks and will have caught the eye of Europe’s top clubs but it is Forsberg who has been the biggest goal threat.

The RB Leipzig midfielder has scored three of Sweden’s four goals to make him a contender in our Euro 2020 top goalscorer tips, with Forsberg 7/2 to add to his tally here and 15/2 to open the scoring.

Victor Lindelof leads Sweden’s defence which will be up against Andriy Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk, who both scored in Ukraine’s first two matches and are 3/1 to find the net again.

View the latest Euro 2020 odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.