The final game of the round of 16 will see Ukraine competing against Sweden in an evenly-sided affair.
The Swiss teams enjoyed their fair share of possessions and grabbed as many points as they could, but would they be able to hold a strong Ukrainian side? Let’s find out.
Sweden 2-2 Ukraine
(Sweden to win in extra time or penalties)
Sweden 1-2 Ukraine
The Swedes reserved the first spot in Group E above the 2010 World Cup champions and two back-to-back UEFA Euro champions, Spain.
With two wins and one draw, there’s a good chance that Sweden might be looking to continue their hot form against Ukraine.
However, if the odds weigh against them, they might be in for a howler.
After a hard-fought victory against North Macedonia and then falling again to Austria in the final game of the group stages, Ukraine might head into the game with depleted confidence.
Their main strike force in Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk will be roaring in the attack. Furthermore, after the arrival of Kulusevski from COVID-19, he shot past a beautiful goal against Austria in the dying minutes of the game.
Most of the hopes will be lingering on the shoulders of Atalanta’s forward Ruslan Malinovskyi, while the rest of eyes will be fixated on Ukraine’s veteran forward Andriy Yarmolenko.
Barring any injury or suspension news, the two teams will be competing against each other in the following format:
Sweden: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Danielson, Augustinsson; S. Larsson, Ekdal, Olsson, Forsberg; Quaison, Isak
Ukraine: Bushchan; Karavaev, Matviyenko, Zabarnyi, Mykolenko; Malinovskyi, Sydorchuk, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Tsyhankov
As football experts, it’s fair to predict a win for the Swiss team, but the Ukrainian side is not to be taken lightly. So, it’s going to be a narrow victory for either side.
Our prediction: Sweden 2-2 Ukraine (Sweden to win in extra time or penalties)
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