Time: Monday, June 14 2021 22:00 (Group E)
On Monday, Spain and Sweden will lock horns in Estadio Olimpico de Sevilla (Spain) in an encounter that promises to be enticing. The host nation Spain is the favorite to win this match and Sweden are considered the underdogs. Despite the rise in cases of players testing positive for Covid-19 before the match, UEFA championship officials thought hard and long in increasing the number of players in the event since some tested positive and this will ensure the game continues as smooth as possible. Both Spain and Sweden have reported cases of infection, with players tested positive being isolated.
Captain Sergio Busquets has tested positive. The second player to test positive is Diego Llorente confirmed Tuesday night whose case has forced the team into isolation and players who are currently isolated are working on individual training schedules. Spain have only won one of their last 5 opening matches at major tournaments and these will be their 11th UEFA Euro championship tournament. Spain is also facing Sweden for the 4th time in a major championship tournament (world cup 1950 & 1978, Euro 2008) and have reached the knockout stage in all five of the six Euro championship tournaments. Louis Enrique has confirmed the 24 man team with Sergio Ramos missing out due to form issues.
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Robert Sanchez, Unai Simon
Defenders: Aymeric Laporte, Jose Gaya, Jordi Alba, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Diego Llorente, Cesar Azpilicueta
Midfielders: Marcos Llorente, Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Pedri, Thiago, Koke, Fabian
Forwards: Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Gerard Moreno, Alvaro Morata, Ferran Torres, Adama Traore, Pablo Sarabia
Team form: WDWWD
Injured/doubtful players: Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente testing positive for Covid-19.
Zlatan Ibrahimović is out due to injury and the absence of the skeeper will prove to be a major blow to Janne Anderson side. The other set back for the Swedish side is the report of positive cases of Covid-19 with two players being isolated the match is to take place as scheduled. These is the fourth meeting in a major tournament against Spain and have lost six of their eight Euro matches. They have kept only one clean sheet in all their 12 encounters against Spain and it’s the only time they have won against Spain (2-0) 2006.
Goalkeepers: Karl-Johan Johnsson (København), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Gençlerbirliği), Robin Olsen (Everton)
Defenders: Emil Krafth (Newcastle United), Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United), Marcus Danielson (Dalian Yifang), Pierre Bengtsson (Vejle), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Pontus Jansson (Brentford), Filip Helander (Rangers), Mikael Lustig (AIK), Andreas Granqvist (Helsingborg)
Midfielders: Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Ken Sema (Watford), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus), Sebastian Larsson (AIK), Albin Ekdal (Sampdoria), Kristoffer Olsson (Krasnodar), Jens-Lys Cajuste (Midtjylland), Mattias Svanberg (Bologna), Gustav Svensson (Guangzhou)
Forwards: Marcus Berg (Krasnodar), Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad), Robin Quaison (Mainz), Jordan Larsson (Spartak Moskva).
Team form: WWWWW
Injured/doubtful: Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg have tested positive for Covid-19.
Spain 1 win, 1 draw (1-1), No wins for Sweden
Spain vs Sweden Match Prediction:
Spain to win (1.44)
Over 2.5 goals (2.00)
Correct score (2-1)