Spain vs Poland predictions and match preview for Saturday’s Euro 2020 clash. Read on for the head-to-head and analysis as La Roja face Poland in Sevilla.
- DATE: Saturday 19th June 2021
- KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
- STADIUM: Cartuja
- COMPETITION: Euro 2020 Group E
Spain vs Poland Preview
Spain and Poland clash on matchday 2 in Group E of Euro 2020. It’s a big one for both teams after neither side got the result they wanted in their opening fixture. Victory would almost certainly send Luis Enrique’s team through to the knockout stage but he will want to see his team be more clinical in front of goal.
They created but missed several good chances in the 0-0 draw against Sweden last time out. There were positives to take and it wasn’t just a case of Spain dominating possession without looking at all threatening as has been the case at times in recent years. However the Spanish boss would have left Cartuja with as many questions as answers with both Alvaro Morata and substitute Gerard Moreno guilty of big misses.
The striker position has dominated much of the talk in the Spanish media in recent days with the pressure on and criticism of Morata continuing to build. His confidence levels are clearly low and while his coach has remained loyal, there’s many who would like to see the Villarreal forward start or perhaps a different structure with Ferran Torres used as a false nine.
The striker position is about the only thing that isn’t questionable in this Polish side. Robert Lewandowski is their standout star and arguably the best number 9 in world football. However as the Poles have found out over the years, he alone is rarely enough to deliver results at major tournaments and their opening game against Slovakia suggested they will again be found too short in other areas to progress far in this tournament.
Having equalised in the opening minute of the Second Half, they were just starting to get in the ascendancy when former Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak saw red in the 62nd minute. Slovakia netted the winner soon afterwards and Poland head to Seville without one of their key players. They really need a result here to maintain a realistic chance of progressing, but it is just about possible that Poland could lose to Spain and still advance as a best 3rd placed team by winning their final game against Sweden.
Sergio Busquets is expected to be out again following his positive covid-19 test. Luis Enrique may make changes and is prone to mixing things up so don’t be surprised if we see some rotation. The likes of Thiago and Gerard Moreno are strong contenders for starts.
Grzegorz Krychowiak is suspended after seeing red last time out. Poland also have several injury absentees including Marseille striker Arkadiusz Milik.
Spain Predicted XI:
Simon – Alba, Torres, Laporte, Azpilicueta – Thiago, Rodri, Pedri – Gerard, Morata, Torres (4-3-3)
Poland Predicted XI:
Szczesny – Bednarek, Glik, Simón – Rybus, Linetty, Klich, Jozwiak – Zielinski – Lewandowski, Swiderski (3-4-1-2)
Head to Head
- Last 6 Meetings: 5 Spain Wins, 1 Draw.
- The sides have only met once since the year 2000.
- That was a 6-0 friendly win for Spain just before their successful 2010 World Cup campaign.
- You have to go way back to 1959 for the last competitive meetings, two Spain wins in European Championship qualifying.
Spain vs Poland Predictions
Score Prediction: Spain 1-0 Poland
We may see Poland be marginally more expansive than Sweden, as they don’t really have the pace of someone like Alexander Isak to just sit and play on the break. Evenso, the Poles would certainly take a draw from the game so Spain will most likely have to be patient again but they should create chances and surely will manage to convert at least one this time around.