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

England look a good bet 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  Oxlade-Chamberlain being given the chance to road and express themselves without  being caught up a a rigid formation.

In fact it’s vital that they are allowed to if England are to go far in  this tournament, as if they do make it through to the next stage goals will  become of even more greater importance.

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 Carroll who head the market on 8 with Paddy  Power.

Betfred go a top price about Gerrard at 11, and given his ability at set  pieces that looks a bit of value.

However, given that they could well be banking on a set-piece to unlock the  Swedish back-line a small 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.

Small split stakes on both looks the way to play for a potentially juicy  pay-out.




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