Three-time winners Spain make a seventh successive appearance at the competition here, and facing them on home turf is a Sweden side currently flying under Janne Andersson.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Estadio La Cartuja
Spain go hunting for a third Euro title in four editions when they take on Sweden in Seville on Monday, and having flattered to decieve in the last two major tournaments they were in, the bar is supposedly high this time around.
They are top favourites to make it out of Group E that also contain Poland and Slovakia, and having negotiated an unbeaten qualification (W8, D2), there are signs of good things to come from this exciting La Roja side.
Sweden have not made it past the group stage in four of their last five appearances in this tournament, dating back since that semi-final appearance at the Euro ‘92. Thus, the Blue and Yellow nation will be out to change that and come into this one on the back of an impressive five-match winning streak in all competitions.
Spain already took four points off them during the qualifying, though they will feel hard done by with that Rodrigo’s last minute effort which denied them a famous victory in Solna back in 2019.
A lot have changed since then though, so can this workman-like Swede side upset the odds yet?
Luis Enrique will start the tournament with the best of players at his disposal, as he has a fully fit squad.
Alexander Isak will lead from the front for Andersson’s side, with Premier League quality the likes of Emil Krafth and Victor Lindelof providing cover at the rear.
Spain last five games: DWWDW
Sweden last five games: WWWWW
Spain’s last two Euro wins this century saw them finish with exactly 12 goals and also with a player in their squad emerging top scorer.
Spain are the fancied side to get off the mark in this fixture, and should have enough quality to see themselves through. An aged, hesitant Swede defence will hardly help and a player such like Adama Traore will be a handful in there surely.
The winger has got pace to burn and having a support cast which has Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata and Gerard Moreno will spell doom for even the very best teams in Europe. We can’t see any other result aside a win for the hosts, which is prized at odds of 2/5.
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