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Sweden vs. France Preview

The first group stage of this summer’s European Championships comes to a close on Tuesday evening, with Sweden facing France in Kiev. The Swedes were eliminated from the competition following their 3-2 defeat to England on Friday evening.

Two goals from Olympiakos defender Olof Mellberg had had given his team the lead, though two goals in five second half minutes gave Roy Hodgson’s the points. They had also led in their opening game against Ukraine before going on to lose the match, so you might be tempted to take advantage of the 9/0 (8/1) offered by Paddy Power for France to come from behind and win the game.

That was what happened the last time these two sides met, with France running out 3-2 winners in a friendly in Goteborg back in 2008. Henrik Larsson had given Sweden an early lead, before a Karim Benzema goal, and two from Sidney Govou secured put the game beyond doubt before Kim Kallstrom’s late conciliation.

It is twenty years since their last met in a competitive fixture, drawing 1-1 in the group stages of the 1992 European Championships.

Sweden are unsurprisingly outsiders here, with most bookmakers offering 6.0 (5/1) for them to win the game, with France odds on at 1.65 (13/20) with Bet Victor. The draw is most prevalently a 3.75 (11/4) shot.

France go in to the game as favourites to win Group D, though that will depend on the outcome of England versus Ukraine in Donetsk, as well as their own result. If they avoid defeat, they will ensure their place in the quarter finals, as well as extending their unbeaten run to an incredible twenty-four games.

With Laurent Blanc’s men is such fantastic form, you might want to take advantage of the 4.20 (16/5) Bwin are offering for France to win with four or more goals scored in the game.

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