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Euro Cup 2012 Tips & Predictions: Sweden UEFA Euro 2012 Odds

UEFA Euro 2012 Predictions: More Than Zlatan Needed For Swedish Success: Sweden is a team that has had a bunch of ups and downs. The Swedes did finish in third place at the 1994 World Cup and were semifinalists in Euro 1992 on their own soil. They were also quarterfinalists at Euro 2004 in Portugal and made it out of the group stage in the World Cup in 2002 and 2006. Still, there hasn’t been a lot of extended successes for the team in blue and yellow, and this is a tough draw for it to succeed on the Euro 2012 odds as well.

Sweden is ranked No. 17 in the World FIFA Rankings, but we just don’t know if that is going to be enough to get out of this tournament. Group D is going to be a heck of a challenge. Not only do the Swedes have to contend with the hosts of this tournament from Ukraine, but they also have England (ranked No. 6) and France (No. 14). The only good luck is that the match against the Three Lions comes in the second of the three matches, and that means that England will not have Wayne Rooney back in the lineup, as he is serving a two-game suspension.

Sweden Euro 2012 Schedule
Monday June 11th: Ukraine vs. Sweden 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Friday June 15th: Sweden vs. England 12:00 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Tuesday June 19th: Sweden vs. France 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN2)

Of course, the first name that comes to mind when you think about Team Sweden and its UEFA Euro Cup chances is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ibrahimovic has 31 career goals in 77 matches for his country, and he has four goals in this contest in the past. He’s certainly not alone, though. Johan Elmander has 16 goals in his career for Sweden, while in the midfield, Anders Svensson has 18 goals, and Kim Kallstrom has 16 goals. There isn’t a player in either the midfield or the front line that has had fewer than 16 appearances for the Swedes, and Manager Erik Hamren will probably be utilizing all of these players at some point in some respects during the Euro 2012 schedule.

In defense, there is a significantly different situation. Olof Mellberg has played in 114 matches inhis career, but the Olympiakos back liner is now 34 years old and isn’t going to have a heck of a lot of help against some of the fantastic offenses that the Group D fixtures have to offer. In net will be Andreas Isaksson, who has played in seven matches in two European tournaments in the past. He is a solid veteran, but the PSV Eindhoven goalie isn’t going to be the best player in this group for sure. None of the goalies are remarkable in Group D, but this isn’t going to be a tremendous strong suit for Sweden either.

It was a tremendous accomplishment for the Swedes just to make it into this tournament. Group E was a tough, tough qualifying group for this tournament, and with teams like Finland and the Netherlands both in the group, someone solid had to be left home. The Dutch were supposed to be the winners of that qualifying group, but they ended up being the second best team and had to get into Euro 2012 the hard way. The friendlies since that point just haven’t been great for Sweden. Yes, the team has won four matches in a row, but beating Serbia, Iceland, Croatia, and Bahrain just isn’t going to be the same as going against England, Ukraine (on the road), and France.

Sweden 2012 Euro Championship Tips & Predictions: We really do feel bad for Sweden, a team that is +5000 on the Euro 2012 odds at The squad is the biggest underdog in Group D at +550, and the least likely to get into the quarterfinals at +200. In perhaps Group A or Group C, this might have been a situation where the Swedes would have had a shot to get into the second round. However, we just don’t know about this group. Without three points against the hosts in the opening match of the tournament, something that is incredibly difficult to accomplish in any major tournament, it is going to be difficult to see the Swedes succeeding.

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