Greece look to defend their 2004 EURO Championship win when EURO 2008 Group D action gets started, Tue, June 10 with Greece vs Sweden and Russia vs Spain. Greece has two wins over Sweden with three games ending in a draw. Oddsmakers at SBGglobal.com have Sweden at +140 over Greece +170 with a draw at +220. Bet on EURO 2008: Sweden vs Greece now at SBGglobal.com
Sweden finished second, to Spain, in Euro Group F qualifying after going 8W-2D-2L. They scored 23 goals and allowed 9. Swedish football has always been about a unit of hard-working players well versed in the fundamentals of the game, and a few stars who can provide the surprise factor. Sweden will be guided by Coach Lars Lagerback who has guided Sweden to their fifth major tourney. They managed to talk striker Henrik Larsson out of international retirement and along with the talented Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden will be a heavy favorite. Sweden's game is rooted in patience, good teamwork and a strong work ethic. They are an offensive team that will utilize wingers Fredrik Ljungberg and Christian Wilhelmsson. On defense they have a talented back four with veteran Tobias Linderoth breaking up attacks. In net will be goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson who has seen little play time with Man City. The Swedes also have Mikael Nilsson who plays for Panathinaikos FC and has six club-mates in the Greece squad together with many of his regular league rivals alongside them. So he knows how the Greek side plays.
Greece are the reigning EURO 2004 Champs and they are listed as underdogs this year as well, but in an easy Group D, qualifying for the quarters shouldn’t be a problem. Greece finished first in Group C Euro qualifying after going 10W-1D-1L. They scored 25 goals and allowed 10. They finished this year with the best Euro qualifying record. They bring the same recipe and the same miracle-working coach, coach Otto Rehhagel, to a Greek side that has half the players it did when they won EURO 2004. The side that taught us team unity, desire and hard work are more important than world stars and flashy play. Theodoros Zagorakis, who captained Greece to their first major trophy four years ago, has retired, but not to worry. On defence, the towering Traianos Dellas and Sotirios Kyrgiako look solid, with Giourkas Seitaridis taking on the right back. Vassilios Torosidis looks the most likely choice at left-back while his Olympiacos CFP team-mates Paraskevas Antzas and Christos Patsatzoglou help out from midfield. Up front Greece will pair up captain Angelos Basinas and Konstantinos Katsouranis, who can also help out defending in midfield and Theofanis Gekas looks to utilze his scoring capabilities and counterattacking finesse. Bet on EURO 2008.
Head to Head: 5 matches played
- Greece leads 2-0
- 3 matches ended in a draw
- Greece scored 8 goals and allowed 6
- Sweden scored 6 goals and allowed 8
Group D: Sweden vs Greece
When: Tue, June 10, 2008 12:00 PM ET
Pick: Sweden +140
The Bottom Line: Sweden’s record says it all, 10-1-1. Greece do have a talented squad, but against the Swedes they may be out of their league, in this game at least. A draw would be a major upset for Sweden. Bet on EURO 2008: Sweden vs Greece now at SBGglobal.com and receive a 30% sign-up bonus on your initial deposit!