Spain vs Sweden
WED 14 JUN 2021 – KO 20:00
BETTING & MATCH PREDICTION
Spain kick of their Euro 2020 campaign with a game against Sweden at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville.
The three-time winners are one of the favourites for this years European Championship. They are in Group E along with Sweden, Poland and Slovakia and will be confident on finishing the group stages in the top spot.
Spains first outing at Euro 2020 is a home game against Sweden. They follow this up with taking on Poland then finishing the group stages against Slovakia. All of these games take place in Seville, which will mean be an advantage for the Spain team not having to travel around Europe.
The hosts are currently ranked sixth in world football, with Sweden generously at 18th. They are the highest-ranked team that Spain will play in the group stages and as such, getting off to a winning start would be fantastic.
The two sides last met when qualifying for this competition in 2019. Spain won the first meeting between the two sides 3-0 with Morata, Ramos and Oyarzabal on the sheet. They drew the second 1-1 however, with Rodrigo scoring in the 92nd minute to save Spain from a defeat. The second game team for Spain though was deemed as a weaker one and not one you’d expect to start this summer.
Spain’s current squad is full of quality players, that are capable of winning any tournament. De Gea, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Thiago and Rodri to name a few. Granted, it’s not the same level of the Spain squad that won the World Cup and Euros back to back in 2010 and 2012, but still a good side none the less!
Against Sweden, it should be much the same as the last time the two sides met. Spain are a possession-based side, having 75% off the ball in both games they last played against Sweden. We don’t expect it to be any different this time around, but it’s what they do with the ball that counts. They don’t have any “world-class” forwards really, with the most prolific scorer in the squad being centre-back Ramos on 23.
Featuring in their seventh European Championships is Sweden. They have made it out of the group stages on two occasions. Their first year competing in the Euro’s was back in 1992 in which they made it to the semi-finals.
After taking on Spain in Seville, Sweden head to St Petersburg Stadium in Russia where they will play Slovakia before ending their group stages in the stadium against Poland. This is a tough group for Sweden, but finishing second place in the group is definitely achievable.
As we previously mentioned the two sides met twice only in 2019. In both games, they saw the same amount of the ball but in one of them, they were played off the park whilst in the other they were unlucky to not win. It’s what they do off the ball as well as on the ball that will have a huge impact on how this game goes.
Swedens squad isn’t at the same level as Spains however they have had some fantastic news. All-time leading goalscorer and world-renowned striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is coming back for Euro 2020. Now some may see this as a negative as it could become the Zlatan show and he has been away from the team for nearly five years. However, with 62 international goals to his name, it can only be a bonus having him around.
Other players in their squad, that are well known, include Olsen of Everton, Forsberg of RB Leipzig, Larsson of AIK and Krafth of Newcastle. Now, these aren’t the only good players at Swedens disposal and theirs a reason why they are ranked 18th in the world.
Against Spain, they are going to have to work hard, and in particular in defence. They know with Ibrahimovic in their team, he can make something out of nothing. If they can keep it tight at the back and get the ball to him as much as possible then who knows. Opening games don’t come much tougher than playing Spain in Spain but if they can get something there then that will fill them full of confidence going into the other two group games.
Squad selection and specific team news will be available closer to the tournament.