Sweden vs Ukraine Preview 29/06/2021
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The final match of the Round of 16 at the European Championship will take place on the 29th of June and is between Sweden and Ukraine.
The match will be played at Hampden Park, Glasgow and both teams will believe this draw gives them a great opportunity to reach the quarter-final of the competition.
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Sweden caused a shock by finishing top of Group E. They started their campaign with a good 0-0 draw against Spain, the team who were expected to win the group.
Sweden were then involved in a tight match against Slovakia which was decided from the penalty spot in favour of the Swedes.
The final fixture, against Poland, was a great game and Sweden opened a two goal lead only to be pegged back to 2-2 with 6 minutes remaining.
Poland were forced to push men forward as they needed a goal to qualify for the knockout stages and Sweden hit them on the break to score the winning goal in the 94th minute.
This is the first time in their last four attempts that Sweden have managed to progress from the group stage at the European Championship.
You must go back to 2004 to find the last time they played in the quarter-final but the format of the competition was different 17 years ago.
Trends show Sweden have scored 2 or more goals in 4 of their last 7 matches in all competitions. However, they have struggled in previous fixtures against Ukraine and the last time they met was in the 2012 European Championship, a game which was won 2-1 by Ukraine.
The Ukraine team finished third in Group C, having won only one of their three matches. They started with a 3-2 defeat against Netherlands in Amsterdam and will be disappointed not to have taken a point from the game having come back from 2-0 down.
The second round of fixes in the group saw Ukraine pick up their victory thanks to a 2-1 win over North Macedonia.
The final game was against Austria and the winner was guaranteed to go through in second place but Ukraine conceded a goal in the 21st minute and failed to get back into the match.
Trends show Ukraine have won just 1 of their last 8 matches in the European Championship. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 9 games in the competition.
Team news and Sweden could stick with the attacking duo of Alexander Isak and Robin Quaison. Emil Forsberg is a key man in midfield.
Andriy Yarmolenko has provided the spark for Ukraine in this tournament and he has a great goal scoring record for his country. Roman Yaremchuk is set to play up-front and Viktor Tsyhankov will be hoping to start in midfield.
This could be one of the games of the Round of 16 and we expect to see both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.
Ukraine have a good record against Sweden but the Swedes have looked superior in this tournament and could come away with the victory.
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