Yesterday we got our both predictions right. We predicted a 1-1 draw between Spain and Italy in the first Group C match and a win for Croatia in the second match against Republic of Ireland in Poznan. Today, its time for the Group D matches, which will see the likes of England, France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine in action.
The Group D of the tournament sees the clash of the under-performers as England take on group favourites France in the first match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk and later in the night co-hosts Ukraine face a tough opposition in Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.
Date – 11th June, 19:00 GMT
Stadium – Donbass Arena, Donetsk
Prediction – The wait for the English fans is over as the Three Lions face France in the Group D opener. This is the big match of the group. The winner of this match will surely win the group and face the 2nd best team from Group C in the quarter-finals. With Wayne Rooney suspended for the first two games, England would surely look avoid defeat in this game and try and win the remaining two. But the problem is they face an inform France side who are on a 21-match unbeaten run. France have plenty of firepower in their squad but at the same time the English defence is well organised and disciplined. The game is expected to be an cagey affair as the Germany-Portugal game. France will dominate post of the game and will put pressure on the English defence, but the Three Lions will happily soak up the pressure and hit Les Bleus on the break. Ashley Young will score opener from one such break of play just before half time. France will attack more after interval and will get their reward. Karim Benzema will equalise just after the hour mark after some good work by Samir Nasri and Franck Ribery. France will continue to attack but English defence will stay organised and discipline till end with Joe Hart making a couple of important saves towards the end. The game will end in a draw. A result that will satisfy the English players.
Predicted Final Score – France 1-1 England (Benzema ; Young)
Date – 11th June, 21:45 GMT
Stadium – Olympic Stadium, Kiev
Prediction – If England v France is the big game of Group D, then this is a bigger game for both the teams playing. Its like a must win game as they face England and France up next. Ukraine will have the home support behind them as they make their European Championship debut but Sweden have the experience of playing in the major tournaments. With both teams going for the win, as a win could set up either side perfectly for the next two matches, expect this game to be an end-to-end affair with both the teams attacking. The Swedish skipper Zlatan Ibrahimovic will give the Swedes the lead from a thumping header in the first half. After the goal, Sweden will dominate the game and threaten to score the second goal. It will be the same order of play in the second half but with no success. The frustration of not being able to score the second goal with get in the Swede’s heads and the co-hosts will grab the opportunity with both hands and score their equaliser through Andriy Shevchenko with less than ten minutes remaining on watch. Ukraine will defend and see of the game. The Swedes will feel like two points lost after dominating most of the game, while the co-hosts will be happy with point earned.
Predicted Final Score – Ukraine 1-1 Sweden (Shevchenko ; Ibrahimovic)