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Erik Hamren's side have left it late to start their Euro 2012 preparations, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to hit the ground running and secure a comfortable win in Gothenburg

With a Eurovision Song Contest win in the bag, Sweden can now concentrate on gearing up for the football equivalent of European success.

Unlike most nations preparing for Euro 2012, Erik Hamren’s team have not played a game since February, but should be able to make up for lost time against an Iceland side who have not won away in over three years.

The hosts are 3/10 (1.30) favourites with Paddy Power to overcome their Scandinavian cousins, who are unfancied at 9/1 (10.00) to claim a win.

Sweden have not drawn a game in their last 12 outings, and Iceland have gone eight without sharing the spoils.

Therefore, recent history dictates we are unlikely to see a stalemate in this encounter and the odds reflect that at 4/1 (5.00).

Iceland grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory in their last match, a 3-2 reversal against France after being 2-0 ahead at half-time.

You can get odds of 15/2 (8.50) for them to repeat the 'trick' at the Gamla Ullevi Stadium and surrender a lead to lose this time.

It is unlikely to come to that though, as the Swedes have not fallen behind in their last 11 games on home soil, and have been ahead at half-time in five of their last six at home.

Bearing in mind that Iceland have failed to keep a clean sheet in six consecutive away games, 10/11 (1.91) for Sweden to score in both halves seems too good to miss.

It is no surprise to see Sweden’s mercurial captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic first on the list of anytime goalscorers, but with odds of 1/2 (1.50) you are probably better off looking elsewhere.

Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson seems like far better value at 12/5 (3.40), with the midfielder’s five international goals all coming in his last 11 appearances, thanks largely to his expertise from set-pieces.

If Iceland are to trouble the Swedish goal, then Ajax’s powerful young striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson is surely the man most likely, and at 7/2 (4.50) to score anytime in Gothenburg he could well be worth a flutter.
 
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Sweden to score in both halves at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
Sebastian Larsson to score anytime at 12/5 (3.40) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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