France v Sweden latest odds, news and free bets

Sweden are just one of two teams going into their final group game knowing that they will be flying home the next day, with the Scandinavian side having lost both matches to date despite taking the lead on both occasions

Zlatan Ibrahimovic shot the Swedes into the lead against Ukraine before losing 2-1 while Olaf Mellberg was at the double to rattle England before the Three Lions regained the lead and consigned their opponents to the Group D wooden spoon.

Erik Hamrén will feel that his team should have at least three points on the board and will want his team to go and attack a French side who are top of the group after a 1-1 draw with England and a 2-0 win against Ukraine.

Laurent Blanc’s team produced a professional performance against the co-hosts which saw Jérémy Ménez and Yohan Cabaye produce smart finishes to ensure the French are on the verge of the quarter finals and they would clearly much prefer to face Italy or Croatia rather than a Spain team looking ominously strong.

France look reasonably backable at 8/13 (Coral free bets) to claim victory considering the front three of Franck Ribery, Samir Nasri and Karim Benzema should prove a handful for a Swedish defence who have been exposed in their opening matches to the extent that they have conceded five goals.

Benzema is still searching for his first Euro 2012 goal and can be backed at 9/2 (Blue Square bookmaker) to score the first goal of this contest, although it is noticeable that the Real Madrid man is coming deeper to collect the ball and perhaps Ribery is a better option at 8/1.

Sweden have scored in their matches against Ukraine and England, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic having looked really slick in both matches and the captain is a standout 9/1 to score first with Ladbrokes who actually offer double odds for customers who bet on their mobile.

However, this is a solid French defence who have conceded just that Joleon Lescott header from a Steven Gerrard free-kick and they successfully shut out the Ukraine attack despite the stadium cheering on the co-hosts from the kick-off.

Therefore, we can be reasonably confident that France will not only win the match but win without conceding a goal and Les Bleus are a 2/1 chance to claim victory and keep a clean sheet, with Philippe Mexès and Adil Rami forging a strong central defensive partnership that should stand the team in good stead.

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