Sweden v England (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1)
England look a super 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 7.5 withLadbrokes.
As to who will get that all important England goal, it’s Welbeck and Carroll who head the market on 8 with Ladbrokes.
Spurs’ Jermaine Defoe is a 10 chance with Stan James, whilst team mate Scott Parker can be backed at 34 with the same firm.
However, given that they could well be banking on a set-piece to unlock the Swedish back-line a small punt Lescott and Terry that makes most appeal.
Lescott showed how powerfully he was when netting against France, and at 29 with Blue SquareCoral and Ladbrokes.
The same applies to Terry who is a 26 shot with Ladbrokessportingbet and Stan James.


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