Sweden is headed for elimination, and Danny Welbeck and England will do the honors. The match takes place today at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and a loss will eliminate Sweden from Euro 2012. Sweden was defeated by Ukraine in their opening Group D match, and that has landed them in this precarious situation.
Sweden has had great fortune against England in the past. They have never lost to England in a competitive fixture, but this is the match that will end the curse.
One of England's most key performers is striker Danny Welbeck. He has been forced to be more aggressive and productive because of Wayne Rooney's suspension. Welbeck didn't produce a goal against France, but he was aggressive and he proved that he was healthy.
That was a major concern, as he had experienced some ankle issues in previous matches. Welbeck has the ability to dazzle when he's right, and that is the Welbeck Sweden will have to contend with.
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Now that he's healthy, the 21-year-old is ready to lead the line for England, and help bring the Three Lions a very important victory. It's not just a win that will exorcise demons associated with Sweden.
This match has serious Euro 2012 implications. England drew with France in their Group D opener, so they need to capture a victory in this match to avoid a must-win situation against Ukraine to advance. That figures to be a far more difficult match than this one—even with Rooney available.
This is the match the English must have, and Welbeck will ensure that they get it. I expect this to be Welbeck's national coming-out-party.
I'm predicting at least one goal, and constant pressure that creates opportunities for his teammates. England will defeat Sweden 3-1.
Here is the other match scheduled for today:
Ukraine vs. France - Noon ET - ESPN 2
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