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This is a top vs bottom, best vs worst. Basically France are at the top of the group and Sweden are at the bottom. For Sweden as Erik Hamren (their manager) said this is a game that is for pride, to make their fans happy and go into the World Cup qualifiers in good form. For France this game is very important so that they can come 1st in their group and play Italy instead of Spain. They are definitely favorites.

But lets see what the odds say:

Sweden: 4/1                                              Draw: 11/4                                                France: 4/6

My prediction is that France control the game and win 2-0. With the likes of Benzema, Evra, Ribery and Nasri they are a very good team and are likely to prove to be a good attacking threat.

So like the odds and everybody else says Sweden are the underdogs. But lets see if they can prove everyone wrong at 19h45 English time.

This is the BIG GAME!

England only need to draw to make it through but if they lose they are out of the competition. For Ukraine they can get no less than 3 points, and if they win they will make it through. With their fans backing them up Ukraine will be very confident and maybe give England.

One thing is that for England Wayne Rooney is coming back and unless he plays as awful as he did 2 years ago in the World-Cup he will make a difference. But it’s exactly the opposite for Ukraine as their star player Andriy Shevchenko is injured and they will struggle for fire power at the front of the park. England definitely have the advantage but does that mean that much?

Lets look at the odds:

England: 1/1                                          Draw: 12/5                                         Ukraine: 11/4

With the likes of Chamberlain, Young, Gerrard, Welbeck, Carroll, Rooney and Parker England are going to be hard to play against but then again Ukraine are at home. I reckon England will win 3-1.

This for me will most likely be a very one-sided game. I think that Italy will control most of the game. Looking from Ireland’s perspective this is just a game to gain some respect but for Italy this is a game that if they don’t win they are out of the competition.

With the fire power up front like Balotelli and Antonio Di Natale they will probably score many and maybe make it through to the next round if the other team’s results go their way.

Here are the odds:

Italy: 4/11                                          Draw: 19/5                           R. Ireland: 8/1

This game starts at 19h45 English time and will most likely be a high             goal-scoring game and very entertaining.

My prediction, like I’ve already said, is that Italy will run riot and the final score will be 5-1 to Italy.

This is a very important game for both teams because they both have 4 points and are tie for the top of the group, so a win or a draw at least is vital for both teams if they wish to make it to the knock-out stage where they will most likely play England or France.

Croatia are the major underdogs and are going to struggle against a team as strong as the World-Cup winning side Spain who are striving in confidicence after their thrashing of the Republic of Ireland.

As usual lets look at the odds:

Croatia: 9/1                                                  Draw 11/4                         Spain: 4/9

My prediction is that Spain will easily win and Italy will make it through instead of Croatia.

Big Transfer Rumours

1. France and Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, 21, admits he is interested in a move to Arsenal as Gunners manager Arsene Wenger looks to do business early in the transfer window. Full story: talkSPORT 

2. Luka Modric is close to moving to Spain, with Real Madrid desperate to sign the 26-year-old Tottenham midfielder. Full story: Daily Mail 

3. Barcelona are interested in making a move for Modric’s team-mate for club and country, 26-year-old defender Vedran Corluka. Full story: Footy Latest 

4. Harry Redknapp says: “I wouldn’t swap England’s front six for Spain’s!” Full story: Daily Mirror 

5. Liverpool are interested in versatile Schalke and Germany defender Benedikt Howedes,  24, and are readying an offer as manager Brendan Rodgers is concerned about his options in the centre of defence. Full story: Caught Offside 

6. The agent of Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen,  25, insists the player’s move to Tottenham is still set to go ahead despite the sacking of manager Harry Redknapp. Full story: Metro 

7. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is eyeing Roma striker Fabio Borini, who is with Italy’s Euro 2012 squad. Source: Daily Express

8. Sky Sports understands that Gylfi Sigurdsson, who appeared to be on his way to Swansea, is speaking with Liverpool and other Premier League clubs. Source: Sky Sports

9. Bastia have emerged as possible summer suitors for defender Sebastien Squillaci Sun.

Other Transfer Rumours

1. West Ham are looking for a cut-price deal with a ‘buy-back clause’ for Joselu,  the 22-year-old Real Madrid striker who has caught Wenger’s eye. Full story: Daily Mirror 

2. Free agent Andy Johnson is in talks with QPR about a deal that will see him link up again with old boss Mark Hughes. Full story: the Sun 

3. Paul Lambert is being urged to sign French left-back Massadio Haidara from AS Nancy – a target for previous boss Alex McLeish. Full story: Daily Mirror 

4. Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has taken another swipe at Roy Keane after the former Republic captain delivered a second damning assessment of the current team. Full story: Metro 

5. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is swooping for Manchester City scout Barry Hunter as he builds an elite talent-spotting team for his Anfield project. Full story: Daily Mirror 




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For Netherlands they are mathematically in it but unless their is some kind of miracle they are out of the Euros, on the other hand for Portugal if they win this they stand a very good chance of making it to the quarters.

This is going to be a very good game with the likes of Nani, Ronaldo, Huntelaar, De Jong and Van Persie. I reckon that it will be very tight and both teams will play brilliant football. This game will be very tightly contested and starts at 8pm English time.

Here are the odds:

Netherlands: 6/4                                 Draw: 12/5                       Portugal: 7/4

Looking at the odds shows how close these teams are. My prediction is that Portugal will win 2-1.

This is not as important as the other game but Denmark are still desperate for a win. Germany have already basically made it to the knock-out stage and will most likely but their 2nd team in this game.

But for Denmark they need to win this to historically get out of the group of depth. Denmark won’t be a very easy team to play against as the beat Holland and gave Portugal a tough time eventually losing 3-2.

Now, if Germany put in their 2nd team they will probably be quite equal compared to Denmark but if they put their 1st team out I don’t think Denmark will stand any chance.

Here are the odds:

Denmark 5/1                                        Draw: 13/5                       Portugal: 8/13

So my prediction is that if Germany put out their first team they will win 3-1 but if they put out their second team they will lose 2-1.

Big Transfer Rumours

1. Chelsea are ready to snatch France’s 26-year-old right-back Mathieu Debuchy of Lille from under Newcastle’s noses. Full story: Daily Mirror 

2. Manchester United are chasing Thiago Alcantara. Manchester United are watching Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 21, and remain keen on Tottenham’s Luka Modric. Full story: Daily Mail

4. Arsenal are leading the chase to sign Real Madrid’s 22-year-old star Joselu.  Full story: talkSPORT 

5. Chelsea have had a £20m bid for Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, 22, rejected, according to reports. Full story: Daily Star 

6. Michael Owen, 32, has decided on a move to Stoke City despite interest from Everton. Full story: Daily Express 

7. Shay Given may retire from international football. Full story: 

8. Tottenham have informally spoken with former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas about their managerial vacancy. Full story: The Times 

9. Damien Comolli could be set for a shock return to Tottenham as director of football.  Full story: Daily Telegraph 

10. Tottenham are set to hand Tim Sherwood the role of director of football at White Hart Lane. Full story: The Sun 

11. Salomon Kalou’s agent claims his client would be willing to discuss a summer switch to Liverpool, but says there has been no approach as yet. Source: Sky Sports

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Other Transfer Rumours

1. Out-of-favour midfielder Alberto Aquilani will not be allowed to tear up his Liverpool contract, but Joe Coe is set for a second chance at the Reds.

Full story: The Metro 

2. Everton are trailing Mario Mandzukic, 26, who has been one of the stars of Euro 2012 so far with three goals in two games for Croatia. Full story: Daily Mirror 

3. Stoke City are chasing Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu, 30, but Martin Jol’s side will want £1.5m before letting him leave Craven Cottage. Full story: The Sun 

4. West Ham are set to hand out-of-contract Mohammed Diame, 25, a three-year deal worth £7m as they look to add to their midfield options. Full story: Daily Mirror  


5. New Swansea boss Michael Laudrup will make Denmark and Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner his main transfer target this summer. Full story: Daily Mirror 

6. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has told fellow Scot Alan Hutton he has no future at Villa Park. Full Story: Daily Mirror 

7. Birmingham have Roy Keane on a four-man short-list for their manager’s job – even though, unlike the other three people on it, he has not actually applied. Roy Keane on Birmingham’s short-list Full story: Daily Mirror 

8. Injury-prone midfielder Owen Hargreaves, 31, is considering whether to call time on his career.  Full story: Daily Mail 


Big Transfer Rumours:

 1.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is considering whether to sack Harry Redknapp after failing to secure Champions League football. Full story: the Guardian 

2.Chelsea will name Roberto Di Matteo as the new manager on a full-time basis after failing to talk former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola out of taking a sabbatical. Full story: Daily Mirror 

3. Swansea City hope to appoint a successor to Brendan Rodgers by the end of this week from a shortlist headed by Ian Holloway and Michael Laudrup.  Full story: the Guardian 

4. Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has delayed completing his proposed £7m move to Liverpool from Hoffenheim so he can explain himself to the new Swansea manager, according to the Mirror.

5. Arsenal are in pole position to sign Montpellier forward Olivier Giroud, 25, according to his club coach Rene Girard. Full story: Metro 

6. The Baggies could be about to lose Jonas Olsson, 29, with Tottenham closing in on a cut-price deal for the Sweden centre-half. Full story: Daily Mirror 

7. Speculation, though, continues regarding Van Persie’s future. The Daily Mail reports on claims in Italy that Serie A champions Juventus have sent director, and club legend. Reports have also linked Arsenal with a move for Malaga’s Salomon Rondon in recent weeks, with the Daily Star claiming that Chelsea have joined the pursuit for the £11 million-rated Venezuelan.

8. Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been talking up a potential move to Chelsea, amid rumours the Blues are set to bid for the Belgian ace. The Belgian midfielder is quoted in the Mirror as saying he would be open to a move to Chelsea as he would have several of his international team mates there, and he’s ready to join an ambitious club who plays in Europe every season.

Other Rumours:

1. West Ham are leading the chase to sign Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga. The 24-year-old Mali forward almost moved to Newcastle in January but the deal collapsed over concerns about a knee problem. Full story: talkSPORT 

2. The Hammers have also tabled a £4m bid for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis. Full story: the Sun 

3. Chris Hughton is concerned that his predecessor as Norwich boss, Paul Lambert, will win the race to sign Kyle Naughton from Tottenham. Full story: Daily Mail 

4.Southampton are poised to firm up their interest in Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland with an offer for the 19-year-old.  Full story: Birmingham Mail