Top 10 Vital Statistics: Sweden v England


10. England travel to Sweden on Wednesday for the 24th meeting between the two sides knowing they have a win/loss record of 8-6 against their Scandinavian adversaries. A ninth England victory can be backed at 2.85.

9. Sweden, however, are narrow favourites at 2.40 to win the game after beating England 1-0 the last time the nations met on Swedish soil, back in March 2004. 

8. A 22-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the only goal that night in Gothenburg and the striker is 5.25 favourite to net first on Wednesday night.

7. England have not lost to Sweden in three previous clashes and won 3-2 when the pair met in Group D at Euro 2012 this summer. Another 3-2 result for England is available at 32.00.

6. Roy Hodgson’s side came back from a goal down in that game, despite leading the Swedes 1-0 at the break. A HT/FT bet of England/England is priced at just 4.60.

5. Olof Mellberg netted both Sweden’s goals against England that night in Kiev, two of just eight ever scored for his national side. Mellberg is out of Wednesday’s clash but fellow defender Andreas Granqvist is 12.50 to net at any time.

4. Leon Osman earns his first ever England cap on Wednesday night, at the age of 31. Osman has made 313 appearances for Everton, scoring 45 goals in a career that started on loan at Carlisle in October 2002. The midfielder is 7.00 to score.

3. Sweden came back from four goals down to draw 4-4 away to Germany last month, with Rasmus Elm netting a 90th minute equaliser to stun the German crowd. Sweden had just four shots on target in the whole game and are 300.00 to draw 4-4 again against England.

2. The Three Lions, meanwhile, had to contend with a 1-1 draw in Poland during their recent World Cup qualifier and managed just one shot on target despite dictating 57.8% of the possession. Another 1-1 result is available at 6.25.

1. There have been under 2.5 goals in the last three international friendlies between the two sides, with neither team scoring more than once in that time. England are 4.40 to net in both halves, however, with Sweden at 4.00.