The Euro 2016 group stage will be wrapped up Wednesday evening with Belgium looking to assure their route to round two. Their opening result against table toppers Italy has put them in a perilous position, they need to avoid defeat to guarantee qualification.
On the other hand, Sweden will need to go for broke. Only all three points will do for Erik Hamren’s side. Manchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not rippled the net in his opening two matches. But after announcing his international retirement yesterday afternoon, he will want to prolong his career at Euro 2016.
Because of the pressure riding on this match, I expect the big game players to step up. Sweden are 4/1 to get the victory that allows them to progress, and if Zlatan takes the bull by its horns, there is no reason they can achieve that. The man of the moment is 9/4 to get on the scoresheet. He is also 80/1 to score a hat-trick on his Sweden swansong.
Sweden are sure to be going for the throat from the outset. Anything but a draw will send them packing and an early goal could give them real momentum. To be leading after a quarter of an hour would be the perfect situation, this can be found at 10/1. Finally, if you fancy Belgium to carry out a drubbing on the departing Ibrahimovic, a 3-0 carries odds of 16/1.
Safe Bet – Both teams to score 11/10
Long Shot – Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick 80/1
|Andreas Isakson||Thibaut Courtois|
|Victor Lindelof||Thomas Vermaelen|
|Erik Johansson||Toby Alderweireld|
|Andreas Granqvist||Jan Vertonghen|
|Martin Olsson||Thomas Meunier|
|Kim Kallstrom||Axel Witsel|
|Sebastian Larsson||Kevin De Bruyne|
|Albin Ekdal||Radja Naingolan|
|Jimmy Durmaz||Yannick Carassco|
|Marcus Berg||Dries Mertens|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Romelu Lukaku|