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EURO 2016 - Sweden vs Belgium - MATCH PREVIEW

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With questions still to be answered, Sweden and Belgium go into their final group game of Euro 2016 on Wednesday, June 22. This Group E encounter will be played at the Allianz Riviera.

Sweden were expected to be one of the automatic qualifiers from the group but their performances have been underwhelming. They started the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Republic of Ireland that was anything but comforting. Had it not been for an own goal by Ciaran Clark, the Swedes could have been in disarray. Then came the 1-0 loss to Italy which was a sad reflection of how deep they sat and stayed content on hitting on the counter, which didn’t exactly go to their plan.

With one point so far, Sweden stay third on the table and nothing less a win against Belgium will prolong their stay in the tournament. A win will take them to four points and leapfrog Belgium for automatic qualification.

Belgium too have everything to play for. Touted as one of the strongest teams in the tournament, the Red Devils started on the wrong foot with a 2-0 loss to Italy. The clinical efficiency of the Italians hit them so hard that the Belgians could do nothing right in the entire match. But they got back into contention with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Republic of Ireland. However, that win hasn’t guaranteed anything for them and would need to avoid defeat against Sweden.

Belgium are currently second in the group table with three points and would need at least one point to stay in automatic qualification places. Their healthy goal difference is a huge plus ahead of this crucial encounter which could be crucial in the final analysis.

Sweden vs Belgium Betting advice

Sweden’s recent form has been patchy with three wins, two losses and five draws in their last ten encounters. They had problems up front too with just four matches seeing them score more than a single goal. With only one loss in the recent five matches, Belgium have a strong record to back their talent. They are generally high scorers and seven of their last ten encounters ending with over 2.5 goals. In six of those ten matches, the Red Devils have scored more than one goal winning all of them.

Back Belgium to win the match and Romelu Lukaku to score a goal anytime in the match.

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