Monday, June 11, 2012

Euro 2012 : Sneak Preview - 4th Day's matches

As the tournament heats up, tonight we have two more heavyweights cross swords, France vs England...eternal rivals across the English Channel. On form, both teams are going through low phases...in the last Euro Cup in 2008, England did not qualify & France got knocked out in the group stages itself.....both teams again fared quite poorly in the last World Cup in South Africa.....However, both teams have the capability to rise to the occasion & no platform ca be bigger today than the Euro Cup.
For England, it would be a 4-4-2 combination....it helps them with the long ball strategy, while France would probably go in 4-2-3-1, strengthening their defence & playing passing football midfield.
England has players like Ashley Cole, John Terry, Baines, in defence, Gerrad, the Captain, Walcott, Henderson, Milner in midfield, & Caroll, Rooney upfront.....though Rooney will be unavailable for the first two matches. France on the other hand have Patrick Evra, Clichy, Rami, Debuchy & Mexes in defeence, Ribery, Nasri, Malouda, Cabaye, Diarra midfield, & Benzema, Giroud upfront. Both teams on paper have enough heavyweights....while England would depend on Gerrad & Terry to marshall the performance, France would be looking at Nasri, Ribery & Benzema to bring laurels.
At current status & form, I would believe, France has a better chance of scoring & the absence of Rooney would hurt the English attack. ....as usual it will be a high octane match to watch.....

The 2nd match is between Ukraine & Sweden.....& honestly I dont see much action....it would be a typical European match, long balls played on the opponent box....heavy tackling, booming shots & brute physical power.....Sweden as a team is better on paper & should win, with the fiesty Ibrahimovic along with Elmandar upfront, Larsson, Olssen midfield, its not a spectacular, but effective team. On the other hand Shevchenco, though old, would be the heart of Ukraine...

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