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Preview – Sweden v Belgium

Preview – Sweden v Belgium

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Sweden must find some form at Euro 2016 and beat Belgium in their final Group E game on Wednesday to stand any chance of progressing into the last-16.

The Swedes have stuttered badly in the tournament so far, drawing 1-1 with Republic of Ireland in their opening game before slipping to a late 1-0 defeat against Italy.

Those results mean Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co need to step up against the Belgians, who themselves began the tournament poorly with a 2-0 defeat against the Azzurri, before they impressed with a 3-0 success over Ireland.

The Red Devils were fancied by many to progress to the latter stages in the tournament as the highest FIFA-ranked team in the competition, but they’ve been inconsistent so far to give Erik Hamren’s side hope they can cause an upset and claim the three points they need to progress on Wednesday.

Belgium will be keen to maintain their form from Saturday though, when Everton’s Romelu Lukaku scored twice, and possibly take top spot away from Italy in the group, depending on how they get on against the Republic in the other game taking place at the same time.

There are reports Ibrahimovic will be deployed in a deeper midfield role after two frustrating games further forward for Sweden, while Kim Kallstrom and Emil Forsberg could be dropped. Belgium are set to be unchanged.

Unsurprisingly, Marc Wilmots’ side are the 5/6 favourites to win, Sweden are 15/4, while the draw is on offer at 47/20.

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