With Lars Lagerback having packed his bags after missing out on the last World Cup, Sweden have embarked on recapturing the spirit of 1994 – when they were the top scorers in the World Cup. Zlatan Ibrahimovic now occupies a deeper role where he can influence their play and will be expected to perform on the big stage.
- Sweden were one of only three teams to score 30 goals in qualifying, scoring in all 10 games and more than once on 8 times
- The last three European Championship hosts have lost their opening fixture (Portugal, Switzerland, Austria) so the Swedes have a good chance of improving on their record in openers. They have won their last two.
- Substitutes contributed 7 of Sweden’s goals in qualifying – more than any other side
Fulham: Star player playing a creative attacking role could be the key to success, with well-organised teammates giving him the platform to shine as they branch out to a more attacking style.
Any Other Business
The Swedes are somewhat in the shadow of the big names of France and England, as well as hosts Ukraine, but they could be the surprise package in Group D. They could be value in all of their matches.
23/20 available for the Swedes Draw No Bet against Ukraine.