Live on BBC1: Mon 19.45: Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine don’t come into the competition in the best of shape, their last couple of warm-up matches have ended in defeat to mediocre opposition in the shape of Austria and Turkey and their form in general over the last year has been somewhat inconsistent.
They were also beaten by Sweden when the pair met in Kharkiv last August so bet365’s 6/4 for Oleg Blokhin’s men to emerge triumphant as the pair renew hostilities doesn’t exactly jump from the page.
Ukraine do enjoy home advantage of course, so it’s hard to make a case for the Swedes at 11/5 with Stan James but Erik Hamren’s side are nevertheless a pretty solid unit and it could be that the duo cancel each other out and share the spoils in Kiev, where Boylesports offer 23/10 for the spoils to be shared.
William Hill chalk a tempting 11/2 against a 1-1 scoreline and Betfred quote odds of 4/1 for scores to be level at the end of each half in a contest that is even money via Paddy Power to see both teams get on the scoresheet.
Ukraine and Sweden to draw – 11/2 (William Hill)