Tip Spain - Sweden
Spain hope to reclaim the European Championship when they set off for Euro 2020, with their first game being against Sweden in Group E. The former champions will have the privilege of playing this game on home soil, the game set to be staged in Seville. Positive Covid-19 tests are however threatening to take the shine off this game, one of the high profile matches lined up at the tournament. Spain have reported positive tests for skipper Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente and a lot of precaution will be taken in the preparation towards the game. La Furia Roja will have some edge over Sweden in having a 13-match unbeaten run at home and they have 10 clean sheets in the run, a depiction of quality on both ends of the pitch. This is further strengthened by the fact they have scored two or more in nine of their last 13 matches played at home. Due to Covid related reasons, the team played their U21 side in what should have been the final warm up game, against Lithuania, but still won 4-0. They start the competition unbeaten in their last eight matches.
Sweden are also set to miss two of their members for this game after testing positive - Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski and Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg. Like Spain, they will hope the duo’s absence doesn’t affect their performance in this game, as they look to break the Spaniards’ domination in this fixture. Sweden are winless in the last four meetings with Spain. The two nations were in the same qualification group and Spain topped with 26 points having beaten Sweden at home then drawn away. Sweden were second with 21 points. The Swedes go to this game straight from a five-game winning run, and after keeping four clean sheets in the process, they will be looking to shock one of the pre tournament favorites. To achieve that, they will need to improve a great deal on how they handle away matches, as they have lost four of the last five, and have just one clean sheet in the last six.
Key points Spain - Sweden
Sweden are winless in the last four meetings with Spain.
Spain are unbeaten in their last 13 home matches.
Spain have 10 clean sheets in their last 13 home matches.
Sweden have won each of their last five matches.
Sweden have lost four of their last five away matches.
Conclusion Spain - Sweden
The four positive Covid-19 tests will for sure hamper the preparations for this game in both camps. The precautions will take away the excitement and the two nations will just want to see this off without more positive confirmations. Spain remain favorites by playing at home as well as the talent still at their disposal, and given Sweden’s poor run away from home. We will back Spain to win.
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Spain Sweden Prediction published on June 11, 2021