Spain vs Sweden predictions and match preview for Monday’s Euro 2020 clash. Read on for the head-to-head and analysis as La Roja kick off Euro 2020 in Sevilla.
- DATE: Monday 14th June 2021
- KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
- STADIUM: Cartuja
- COMPETITION: Euro 2020 Group E
Spain vs Sweden Preview
Spain kick off their Euro 2020 campaign in Sevilla against Sweden on Monday. Almost three years after he was appointed, Luis Enrique will finally get the chance to guide La Roja through a major tournament game and they’ll be hungry to make a positive start despite a difficult build-up.
Sergio Busquets’ positive Covid-19 test had a serious impact on preparations and led to Spain fielding an Under-21 squad in their second warm-up game against Lithuania. So worried were they, that a second 17-man squad was formed as cover in case the outbreak spread further through the national team camp but fortunately, that has not materialised and La Roja should be near full strength against the Swedes with the exception of skipper Busquets.
That will alter the team Luis Enrique fields. Rodri looks destined to start in midfield as a result while it now seems probable that Jordi Alba will start rather than Jose Gaya at left-back with the former appointed captain in Busquets’ absence.
This is a different Spain to the one that exited so disappointingly in Russia three years ago. A new-look central defensive pairing of Pau Torres and Aymeric Laporte were solid in a friendly against Portugal – the only warm-up game the senior squad was able to play. The likes of Ferran Torres, Marcos Llorente and Dani Olmo have also emerged since Russia 2018 and could start here.
The Swedes will provide arguably the toughest test of any of Spain’s opponents in this group. Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak is likely to be their main threat up top after an excellent second half of the season in LaLiga. Overall though, this is something of an ageing Swedish side with the likes of 36-year old Sebastian Larsson and 34-year old Marcus Berg, veterans of many tournaments, still key parts of the team.
Sweden got to the Quarter-Finals in the 2018 World Cup. While that was perhaps a slight overachievement, they are clearly a side with plenty of experience and tournament know-how. They’ve also been in good form in 2021 with victories in all five matches so far this calendar year, although they’ve only played one team who will be at the European Championship (Finland who they beat 2-0 in a friendly last month).
Sergio Busquets is out after testing positive for Covid-19. Diego Llorente should be available following a suspected false positive test. Luis Enrique has big calls to make when it comes to his front three with Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno pushing for a start.
Youngsters Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg have both tested positive for Covid-19 and won’t feature for Sweden. They are likely to line up 4-4-2.
Spain Predicted XI:
Simon – Alba, Torres, Laporte, Llorente – Koke, Rodri, Thiago – Olmo, Morata, Torres (4-3-3)
Sweden Predicted XI:
Nordfeldt – Augustinsson, Helander, Lindelof, Lustig – Forsberg, Olsson, Larsson, Claesson – Berg, Isak (4-4-2)
Head to Head
- Last 6 Meetings (90 minutes): 3 Spain Wins, 1 Sweden Win, 2 Draws.
- These sides were in the same group in Euro 2020 qualifying.
- Spain won 3-0 in Madrid but could only draw the reverse fixture 1-1.
- The previous meeting was at Euro 2008 with Spain winning 2-1 in the group stage.
Spain vs Sweden Predictions
Score Prediction: Spain 2-1 Sweden
While preparations haven’t been ideal for La Roja, their opponents have also had to deal with positive cases so there has been disruption in the Swedish camp too. While it’s not a vintage Spanish side, it’s still one of the most talented teams in the tournament and with home advantage, they ought to get their campaign off to a winning start.