The EUROs are now at the final day of Matchday 2 action, and England’s Group D match will pit The Three Lions against Sweden.
Previous Starting Lineups
Sweden started their campaign with a 2-1 defeat a the hands of tournament hosts Ukraine, and will now face an uphill battle in a bid to enter the quarter finals. They started the tournament with a 4-2-3-1 lineup, and it is a formation that really intrigues me because of the space that they cover. The midfield used width and Ibrahimovic had the support from third runners in Rosenberg and Elm.
England, by contrast, started the tournament with a draw with European giants France. They started with a 4-4-2 -esque formation, with Gerrard and Parker staying really close to each other to stifle out the threat of France in the middle. Personally, Chamberlain and Welbeck were really surprising picks by England manager Roy Hodgson, but they managed to do their jobs fairly efficiently.
The Andy Carroll Factor
Hodgson seems to be getting the message across to Johnson to run down the right flank and supply those crosses into the box. Attacks from the wings were concentrated on that right flank, with crosses essentially only coming from the right hand side.
One would feel that if Carroll does indeed start against the Scandinavians, he would win more of those headers and England will send in more crosses into that penalty box from the wings for Carroll to use his aerial ability. I reckon that the Sweden defence would have their hands full taking care of the speed and craft of Ashley Young along with the aerial ability and power of Andy Carroll.
Perhaps Sweden’s only potent attacking threat would be Ibrahimovic. He conjures up the magic and scores lots of goals for his teams. The teams that he has played for already show the quality of the striker.
Apparently, the English team have been shown highlights of the Swede’s career so far and have been told to be very cautious of the lanky and skillful striker. Not only can he head the ball well, but he is excellent with his feet as well (something you don’t normally expect from a striker with such long legs). If Ibrahimovic are to experience any success tonight, they are going to need their talisman to be at his absolute best.
After scoring on Day 1 and seeing his team crumbling to a 2-1 defeat, Ibrahimovic will want to help his team pull off a shock against the Three Lions.