Euro 2012 Las Vegas Betting Odds: June 11th Ukraine vs Sweden
Saturday, June 09, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
Despite being one of the biggest underdogs to win Euro 2012 at 66/1, many expect Sweden to get off to a strong start in the tournament with a win over Ukraine this Monday. With difficult matchups against France and England looming, Sweden must be careful not to overlook Monday’s opponent who will be fired up to play in front of their home fans. Sweden is currently No. 17 in the latest FIFA rankings and is listed at +600 on the Euro 2012 Las Vegas Odds to win Group D.
Elite striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be a thorn in Ukraine’s side all day, and he’ll be joined up front by Johan Elmander and will receive his feeds from the midfielder duo of Anders Svensson and Kim Kallstrom.
Home crowd support can be such a major factor in soccer, which is a big reason why the Ukraine are going off at 40/1 to win Euro 2012 and +400 to win Group D. On paper they’ll have trouble stacking up against the three opponents in their group, but to have any chance of advancing they need to win this opener against Sweden. The strategy will be to defend deep and look to create chances on the counterattack.
Midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and striker Andriy Shevchenko will look to set up that timely goal. Injuries to keeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy and defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy won’t help matters at all.
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