Euro 2012 Betting: Sweden v Ukraine - 10 Vital Stats


10. Ukraine and Sweden have met just three times, never at a major football tournament and all within the past four years. Both teams have earned a 1-0 win with the second game between the sides ending in a draw. Ukraine are slight favourites at 2.60 to win, with a draw at 3.20 and a Sweden win at 2.85.

9. The host nation will play in front of 70,000 fans in Kiev, yet their first fixture against Sweden in June 2008 attracted just over 25,000 to the Råsunda Stadium in Solna. Ukraine pinched a 1-0 away win that day, and Sweden can be backed at 8.75 to nick the points by the same margin on Monday.

8. The Swedes beat Ukraine when the teams last met in a friendly in August 2011. Tobia Hysen broke through the Ukraine back line in the final minute to prod home and give Sweden victory. Hysen is 10.50 to score first again, and 4.70 to net at any time.

7. Ukraine’s preparations for Euro 2012 have not gone too well, with friendly losses to Austria and Turkey over the past fortnight. They have only kept one clean sheet in six matches, and are 4.00 to win without conceding.

6. Sweden have scored in 15 of their last 17 matches, including emphatic 5-0 wins against Finland and San Marino. They are priced at 1.38 to score against Ukraine, and at 225.00 to inflict another 5-0 drubbing.

5. Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces former San Siro favourite Andriy Shevchenko in Monday’s clash. While Ibrahimovic scored in Sweden’s final friendly against Serbia on Tuesday, Shevchenko hasn’t netted in any of Ukraine’s past seven outings. Ibrahimovic is a 3.50 favourite to score more than the Ukrainian striker, who is priced at 3.85.

4. Neither side has ever scored more than once against each other – the most high-scoring fixture being a 1-1 draw in February 2011. Under 2.5 goals can be backed at 1.62, with a 0-0 result at 8.50.

3. Sweden’s wingers Seb Larsson and Kim Källstrom were in fine form during qualifying, each scoring three goals. Yet there are still seven Swedes more likely to score before Larsson, at 6.25. Källstrom is 7.75 to net at any time.

2. Ukraine’s recent home record suggests a positive start to Euro 2012 is possible, with three wins from their past four outings and a 3-3 draw with Germany. They are 2.55 to score first and win in Kiev.

1. In their final friendly game before the tournament, Ukraine received three yellow cards against Turkey. While Ibrahimovic is Sweden’s most likely player to get carded – at 3.55 – Ukraine’s inexperienced full-back Yevhen Khacheridi is 3.40 to get booked on Monday night.