Spain faces Sweden
Spain faces Sweden at the Estadio Olimpico de Sevilla in a game from Group E of Euro 2020. Most likely, you’re interested in this fixture, so let’s preview it in these soccer betting tips daily.
Spain is one of the most successful teams in the history of the European Championship as they have won it three times so far. For the last time, La Roja triumphed in 2012 when they won a major international competition for the third time in a row. It was arguably Spain’s greatest generation of players in history, so now they are trying to rebuild and do something significant on the big stage again.
During the European qualifiers, Spain didn’t have any problems winning their group. La Roja finished their campaign unbeaten at first place with a record of 8 wins and 2 draws. Interestingly, they were in the same group as Sweden – their first opponent at the Euro 2020. Spain won once against the Scandinavians and managed to make one draw away from home in the qualifiers.
Maybe you know, but it was Robert Moreno who finished the qualifying campaign as a head coach. Luis Enrique had to step down after the death of his daughter, but he came back to coach the team again. Moreno had to leave his team, though. Now once again, it’s up to Luis Enrique to make this team click.
In the World Cup qualifiers, La Roja started with a surprising home draw against Greece, but the former world champions secured two wins against Georgia and Kosovo in the next two games. Ferran Torres and Dani Olmo did very well in these two games as they scored in both of them. Ferran was not among the starters in his new club Manchester City last season, but he’s a player who has the trust of the manager Luis Enrique in the national team.
Spain had a tough test in their first friendly game before the Euro as they had to face Portugal in Madrid. The game ended without any goals – 0-0. Luis Enrique used Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata, and Pablo Sarabia in attack while Gerard Moreno was played from the bench. In midfield, Enrique gave his trust to Fabian Ruiz, Sergio Busquets, and Thiago, while at the back, Pau Torres and Aymeric Laporte started in the heart of the defense. Most likely, Torres and Laporte are going to be the titular center-backs for the Euro as well.
Some people doubt this version of Spain’s national team, though. The reason is simple – it lacks the stars this team had between 2008 and 2012 when La Roja won three major competitions in a row. Now they have players like Ferran Torres and Pablo Sarabia, who are not even starters in their teams.
What’s even more curious is that Luis Enrique didn’t call even one Real Madrid player for the European Championship. Players like Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Odriozola, Marco Asensio, and Isco didn’t get the call from the head coach. In the media, this was one of the most discussed decisions made by Luis Enrique. Indeed Real Madrid’s fans are not happy with what the former Barcelona coach did here.
How we said, Sweden was in the same group as Spain during the qualifiers, but they finished second. It was enough to reach the Euro, of course. The Scandinavians finished with 21 points won and just one defeat they conceded against La Roja.
Janne Andersson is the current head coach of the Swedish national team. He’s managing his country since 2016 and made a great impression during the 2018 qualifying campaign when Sweden eliminated teams like the Netherlands and Italy. At the World Cup, Sweden reached the 1/4-finals of the tournament but suffered a loss at the hands of England. So far, we can say that Andersson’s first few years at the national team are really positive.
One of Janne Andersson’s tough decisions was regarding the icon of Swedish football Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He called the 39-years old striker during the preparation for the tournament but had to cut him from the squad because of a knee injury he has received. This is sad because all football fans wanted to see Zlatan at a big international competition for one last time.
Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak is one of the players who must replace Ibrahimovic in the national team. Isak is a talented 21-years old striker who scored 17 goals in La Liga last season. Most likely, he will partner in attack with Krasnodar’s Marcus Berg, who brings much more experience with his 34 years of age. Mainz 05’s Robin Quaison is another option for the attack line.
In the World Cup qualifiers, Sweden started their campaign in the best way possible by winning against both Georgia and Kosovo. After this, they won three more times in friendly games beating Estonia, Finland, and Armenia. The Scandinavians kept four clean sheets in their last five matches and conceded just once – against Armenia.
Juventus’ Dejan Kulusevski is another exciting talent in Sweden’s squad. Just like Alexander Isak, he’s just 21-years old and ready for some big years ahead of him. He just ended his first season at Juventus, and he left a good impression with his performance. Kulusevski is a versatile forward who can play in attack but also operate on the wings.
Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof is expected to be one of Sweden’s leaders in defense. Lindelof spent the last four seasons in the Premier League, and that’s some valuable experience he gained. Now he must prove his qualities at the international stage as well.
That’s our soccer betting tips daily for the Euro 2020 game between Spain and Sweden from Group E of the competition. La Roja might be the bookies’ favorites here, but Sweden is usually very tough opponent for all teams. Most likely, Spain will play more with the ball as it’s a part of their style, but Sweden is a team that knows how to hurt its opponents. It should be an interesting game indeed.