Euro Group D Preview and Prediction
England and France have the same odds to win Group D, but it is a wide-open one along with Sweden and host Ukraine. The first match between France and England is a HUGE one, as the winner will have a clear-cut advantage to winning the group.
England (2.70 Bet365 ) does not come into the Euro looking good with Wayne Rooney banned for the first 2 matches, a slew of injured players that will not play such as Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill, the loss of DF Rio Ferdinand, and the shocking resignation of manager Fabio Capello.
England is still a solid squad with the likes of Andy Carroll and Steven Gerrard, but the squad lacks world-class strikers and the defense is a concern. Still, the English have a solid mid field and they rarely bow out of the group stage in major competitions.
France (2.70 Bet365 ) has not lost in their last 20 matches and they need a good Euro competition after their disaster in the 2010 World Cup. The French have a solid attack and mid field led by Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema.
The defense played well in qualifying for the Euro, but the central defense is still a big concern. Still, with the firepower France has up front and with their attacking MF should balance out their defensive issues.
Ukraine (5.90 Bet365 ), much like England, has had major injury issues heading to the Euro, as 3 GK’s have been ruled out, as has DF Dmytro Chygrynskiy from Barcelona. Because of these injuries the defense is a major issue for the co-host.
One big question for Ukraine is does Andriy Shevchenko have any gas left in his tank? The former world-class striker is now playing in the Ukraine domestic league and he is 35-years old. Still, he and fellow FW Andriy Yarmolenko are a solid duo and will have to pace the offense.
Sweden (7.60 Bet365 ) is the big underdog to win, much less make it out, Group D, but they are a hard working team that does have talent. They have a world-class striker in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he will have to play well up front. To keep Ibrahimovic from being isolated on the Swedes now are a much more attacking team, but that leaves them vulnerable to the counter-attack. Rasmus Elm is a young and attacking player that may be dangerous if given space since clubs will key on Ibrahimovic.
Here are the betting odds to win Group D at Bovada
Group D Match Schedule
June 11: France vs. England
June 11: Ukraine vs. Sweden
June 15: Ukraine vs. France
June 15: Sweden vs. England
June 19: Sweden vs. France
June 19: England vs. Ukraine
Prediction: This is a tough one to call, but I have to go with France, as they are playing well heading into this competition. Even with all of their problems I think England will progress, but France will win the group.