Match Previews: June 11

The teams who haven’t played yet will begin their tournaments. Group D kicks off in the Ukraine.

France vs. England in Donetsk

The two bookmakers favorites in this group start the day. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal players are part of both rosters. Wayne Rooney will serve the first game of his two match ban.

Players to watch

Karim Benzema- The France striker is my pick to win the Golden Boot. He was great all season for Real Madrid and is the focal point of the France attack. He is a big striker that must be stopped by an England back line that is without Gary Cahill.

Ashley Young- The winger will push up and play in an attacking midfield or striker role. He did well at Manchester United this season and scored a brilliant goal against Norway in a friendly two weeks ago. Young will be linking up with striker Danny Welbeck or Andy Carroll.

Prediction: France 2, England 1

Ukraine vs. Sweden in Kiev

The host start their tournament in the Ukraine capital. Their opponent is Sweden, who recently beat Serbia in a friendly. Both squads will see this as a must-win game.

Players to watch

Andriy Shevchenko- The Ukrainian captain will be counted on to score goals and calm down any of his nervous teammates on the big stage. He is an experienced player, but hasn’t been the same since the 2006 World Cup.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic- His name isn’t Swedish, but he was born there. Ibrahimovic had a strong season at AC Milan and is a dominant striker that gives defenders nightmares.

Prediction: Ukraine 1, Sweden 1

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