Sweden take on Ukraine in a round of 16 Euro 2020 clash set to take place in Glasgow on Tuesday evening.
The two sides followed a contrasting route to the last-16 qualification. Sweden finished first in their group while Ukraine managed to qualify as one of the four third-placed teams.
The Swedes defeated Poland in their final group stage match, prevailing with a scoreline of 3-2. Emil Forsberg’s brace and a late strike from Viktor Claesson were enough for Janne Andersson’s side to top Group E ahead of Spain.
Meanwhile, Ukraine lost their last group game 1-0 to Austria. They ended up qualifying for the knockout stages with a record of one win and two losses, along with a negative goal difference.
Sweden vs Ukraine Head-to-Head
Sweden and Ukraine have clashed on four occasions. Ukraine have won three of those games, while Sweden have one win.
The two sides last met on matchday one at Euro 2012. Ukraine won the fixture 2-1, as Andriy Shevchenko’s brace marked the team’s finals debut with a win. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had opened the scoring in the game, but Sweden failed to find the back of the net following his effort.
Sweden form guide: W-W-D-W-W
Ukraine form guide: W-W-L-W-L
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Sweden vs Ukraine Team News
Juventus ace Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg had a COVID-19 scare in the initial days of the tournament but were recently declared fit to participate in the competition. The former is in contention for a berth in the starting XI.
Janne Andersson is expected to start the game in his preferred 4-4-2 shape.
Viktor Tsyhankov and Oleksander Zubkov are struggling with calf injuries, which puts their participation in Tuesday’s game in doubt.
Tsyhankov might still get a start, but it is highly unlikely that he will be able to last for more than 60 minutes.
Doubtful: Viktor Tsyhankov, Oleksander Zubkov
Sweden vs Ukraine Predicted XI
Sweden Predicted XI (4-4-2): Robin Olsen; Ludwig Augustinsson, Marcus Danielson, Victor Lindelof, Carl Mikael Lustig; Kristoffer Olsen, Albin Ekdal, Sebastian Larsson, Emil Forsberg; Alexander Isak, Robin Quaison
Ukraine Predicted XI (4-3-3): Georgi Bushchan; Vitalii Mykolenko, Mykola Matvienko, Illia Zabarnyi, Oleksandr Karavaev; Taras Stepanenko, Ruslan Malinovskiy, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk, Viktor Tsyhankov
Sweden vs Ukraine Prediction
Ukraine have a young, talented, and exciting side and they have played some attractive football in the competition so far.
However, they lack the guile and patience to break down a defense as good as Sweden’s. We believe that Sweden will have no problem getting past the relatively inexperienced Ukrainians.
Prediction: Sweden 1-0 Ukraine
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