Time: Saturday, June 18, 2021. 22:00 hours (Group E)
Spain return to the Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla stadium where they picked up a point against Sweden on matchday one but this time Poland are the opponents and will be looking to get their first points of the group stages, hoping to break down the solid Spanish defence.
Last Monday, the Spanish side faced a goalless draw against Sweden with Slovakia beating Poland 2 goals to 1, finishing to of Group E with Spain and Sweden following with 1 point each. Despite Spain posting 85% ball possession with a total of 17 shots, they failed to convert 5 big chances at goal with Alvaro Morata coming close to scoring in front of 10,559 home fans.
The Spanish side will be playing at Sevilla with the home advantage over Poland and the help of the home fans it will be difficult to beat them at Estadio Olympico. The host are looking to clinch the 3 points lost on 14th June and move to the top spot to qualify for round of 16. Sergio Busquets is still out due to Covid-19 infection but his doing well and as a precaution he is not allowed to play. Alba, Laporte, Llorente, Olmo, Pemdri and Koke all showed excellent performance with ratings above 8.2. This is the first time Poland and Spain are meeting in the Euro 2020 Tournament. Spain have failed to score in their last 3 matches and haven’t failed to score in consecutive matches since 2013. Spain have won 8 out of 10 encounters with Poland in other major tournaments with Poland first victory being 40 years ago.
Team formation: 4-3-3
Possible Starting 11.
Forwards: Dani Olmo (AM), Alvaro Morata (CF), Ferran Torres (RF).
Midfielders: Pedri (AM), Rodri Hernández (CM), Koke (CM).
Defenders: Jordi Alba (LB), Pau Torres (CB), Aymeric Laporte (CB), Marco Llorente (RB).
Goalkeeper: Unai Simôn (GK).
The Polish side are coming from a one goal defeat with Grzegorza Krychowiak expected to miss out due to suspension after been shown two yellow cards and also Milik (CF) is out due to meniscus injury. He is expected back in early August 2021. Poland have only faced Spain in club friendlies in which they lost 3-0 to Spain. Robert Lewandowski has managed two score only 2 goals in all major tournaments and has failed to score in 17 last attempts in a major event for Poland. Since 2000 Spain has hosted Poland twice beating them 9-0 on aggregate (6-0) 2010 and (3-0) 2000.
Team formation: 3-1-4-2.
Possible Starting 11.
Forwards: Piotri Zielinski (CF) & Robert Lewandowski (CF).
Midfielders: Karol Linetty (CM), Mateusz Klich (CM), Maciej Rybus (LM), Kacper Kozlowski (CM), Kamil Jozwiak (RW).
Defenders: Jan Bednarek (CB), Kamil Glik (CB) & Bartosz Bereszynsik (CB).
Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny (GK).
Spain Win (1.39)
Over 2.5 (2.36)