England look good odds to beat Sweden

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Sweden v England (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1)

England look a cracking price at 2.15 with Paddy Power to win this and edge a step closer to qualifying for the quarter-finals.

They played well in their opening 1-1 draw against France, looking extremely well organised and solid in defence.

They made their opponents look ordinary, but one worrying factor is that they didn’t threaten upfront.

Roy Hodgson’s men were the only side without any shots attempted by strikers in the opening group games.

Four of their five shots against the French were by defenders Lescott (2), Johnson and Terry with the other coming from midfielder Milner.

The good thing is that he fact was not lost on Hodgson and they have reportedly been working hard in training to develop a more cutting edge.

It would certainly be nice to see the likes of Welbeck, Young and especially Arsenal’s Oxlade-Chamberlain being given the chance to road and express themselves without being caught up a a rigid formation.

The young Gunner played well in his first competitive game for his country against France and looks natural for the big stage.

As far as the stats are concerned England have never beaten Sweden in a competitive encounter (D5 L2).

However they did put an end to their 12-game winless streak against them in a friendly last November and are looking better with every game under the new gaffer.

Sweden were also poor at the back when they lost 2-1 to Ukraine in their opening game, a match would underlined how much they are reliant on Zlatan Ibrahimovic every time they take to the pitch.

If England can keep him at bay then they should be good enough to take all three points.

Given that England have won five of their last eight games 1-0, a punt on that outcome yet again makes plenty of appeal at 7 with Paddy Power.

As to who will get that all important England goal, it’s Welbeck and Caroll who head the market on 8 with Paddy Power.

Betfred go a top price about Gerrard at 11, while Paddy Power offer 15 about Oxlade-Chamberlain.

However, given that they could well be banking on a set-piece to unlock the Swedish back-line a small split stakes punt on Lescott and Terry that makes most appeal.

Lescott showed how powerfully he was when netting against France, and at 28 with bet365 and Boylesports he looks overpriced.

The same applies to Terry who is a 23 shot with bet365, Boylesports and Paddy Power.


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