Yesterday, we saw the first team to be knocked out of the tournament in form of Republic of Ireland, as they were beaten quite comfortably by the defending champions Spain in Gdansk. The first game of yesterday saw Croatia denying Italy and earning a point against them.
Today is time for Group D as England, France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine are in action. The first match sees Ukraine take on France in Donetsk, followed by a must win encounter between Sweden and England in Kiev. Here are the predictions for the two entertaining matches.
Date – 15th June, 19:00 GMT
Stadium – Donbass Arena, Donetsk
Prediction – Ukraine stunned Sweden in their previous game as they registered a comeback win thanks to two Andriy Shevchenko headers, while France were frustrated and held on to a draw by a very defensive England team. Ukraine are on top of Group D and a positive result today will take them a step closer towards qualifications. On the other hand, France need to win to make sure they are in pole position as they head into their final group game against Sweden. France are the overwhelming favourites to win this game and they will play like wise. Les Bleus will completely dominate the possession and will create many chances. Karim Benzema, who has been inform for both club and country this season, will score the opener. Samir Nasri will double the lead just before half time. Ukraine will show their character as they did against Sweden in the second half and Andriy Shevchenko will get one back for the co-hosts from a set-piece. The 2006 FIFA World Cup finalist will continue to dominate the game and create many more chances. With just 20 minutes remaining, Karim Benzema will score his second of the game and end Ukraine’s hope of getting anything from the game. A truly deserved win for Les Bleus which will take them on top of Group D.
Predicted Final Score – Ukraine 1-3 France (Shevchenko ; Benzema, Nasri, Benzema)
Date – 15th June, 21:45 GMT
Stadium – Olympic Stadium, Kiev
Prediction – This is a crucial game for both the teams. England must win or else they face the a difficult task of winning their last game against Ukraine and hoping for results going their way. If Sweden lose this one then they are out of the tournament, having lost their first game against Ukraine. England were defensive against France but today they will look to play some attacking football. It won’t be easy, though, against the Swedes who have a very good record against the Three Lions in competitive matches. Steven Gerrard will be the key for the Three Lions and his role will determine if England will dominate the game or not. Sweden will dominate the game early on and will score during that period. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will give them the lead which they will hold on till half time. After the break, England will dominate and most importantly Steven Gerrard will be in the heart of everything good England create. Danny Welbeck will soon equalise with a clean finish. The Three Lions will dominate more after the goal and skipper Steven Gerrard will hit a stunning winner to knock Sweden out of the competition. A win for the Three Lions means a draw against Ukraine in their next game will be enough for them to go through.
Predicted Final Score – Sweden 1-2 England (Ibrahimovic ; Welbeck, Gerrard)