Spain – Sweden Prediction & Tip | EURO 2020 Betting Odds
Monday, Jun 14, 2021, 9 PM CET, San Mamés – Seville
Leeds United player Diego Llorente is already the second Spanish player that has been tested positive for COVID-19 while the Euro 2020 is right around the corner and opponents in the opening match, Sweden, have had to drop their highly talented winger Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus Turin) from the squad for the time being for the same reason.
The Spanish Football Federation confirmed Llorente’s test results, two days after midfield stabilizer Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) tested positive. With Spain’s internationals isolated, an under-21 team was called up to play Lithuania in a friendly on Tuesday.
Even with a squad full of youngsters, La Furia Roja won the match 4-0. After that match, the Spanish federation confirmed that eleven of the U21 players were included in a kind of “parallel squad” to remain on standby in case of further positive cases.
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Monday, Jun 14, 2021, 9 PM CET, San Mamés – Seville
This has thrown Spain’s European Championship preparations into chaos in recent days, but some relief followed on Wednesday evening when the remaining squad members tested negative.
No Leader – Luis Enrique challenged
Former European Champion (2008 and 2012) and World Cup (2010) winner has been going through a process of self-discovery. Their style is still based on extensive passing and a lot of movement without the ball, as well as possession and skill, rather than primary physical strength.
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After the departure of players like Xavi, Andres Iniesta, David Villa, Gerard Piqué and Iker Casillas, they have to prove themselves on the pitch without predestined leaders and still have some problems in finding their roles. The non-nomination of Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), whom Enrique did not select due to his lack of fitness after a lengthy injury layoff, attracted particular attention.
Enrique has generally not called a single Real Madrid player in the squad, which quite publicly caused criticism of the Spanish team boss. On top of that, he did not even use his full quota, leaving two places in his squad empty.
Luis “Lucho” Enrique has been trying out different systems with a 4-1-4-1 and a 4-2-3-1 formations, but he is expected to establish a 4-3-3 formation during the Euro 2020. Enrique also has a habit of ripping some players out of their natural tactical corset when necessary to implement them into his system in other positions. Most recently, he had Marcos Llorente (Atlético Madrid) play at right-back so he could have all three of his creative central midfielders on the field.
EURO 2020 Betting Odds: Tournament Bets Spain
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|Spain to win Group E||1,33|
|Spain to qualify from Group E||1,04|
|Spain to get knocked out of Group Stage||13,0|
|Spain to reach Quarterfinals||1,50|
|Spain to reach Semifinals||2,75|
|Spain to reach Final||4,75|
|Spain EURO 2020 Winners||9,00|
Spain will display an attack-minded style, but will also be heavily focused on possession. When it comes to class and athletic qualities, the man best suited for the key player role is Thiago Alcântara (Liverpool FC). This could be the defining moment in this player’s career and an important comeback after a rather disappointing season in Jürgen Klopp’s team, where he had to fight injuries and COVID and never really grew into the team.
The two youngsters Pedri (FC Barcelona) and Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig) will also play a big role in the Spanish midfield. Pedri’s skills and exceptional game intelligence are currently among the best in the soccer world, and Barca’s prodigy will be used more than anyone had reason to believe before the tournament due to Busquets’ possible absence.
In the Spanish offensive line, the biggest scoring threat comes from Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), who kept up the form last season, scoring more than 30 goals in the season to lead his team to their first European trophy, winning the Europa League.
EURO 2020 Betting Odds: Tournament Bets Sweden
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|Sweden to win Group E||7,00|
|Sweden to qualify from Group E||1,44|
|Sweden to get knocked out of Group Stage||2,62|
|Sweden to reach Quarterfinals||3,60|
|Sweden to reach Semifinals||10,0|
|Sweden to reach Final||29,0|
|Sweden EURO 2020 Winners||101|
No Ibra-Kadabra … Is magic still possible?
The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan) to the Swedish national team, also due to the great result of the Swedes at the World Cup 2018, was abruptly canceled by an injury. The core of the Swedish national team therefore remains unchanged, which is not necessarily a bad sign considering that Sweden finished second in the European Championship qualifying group behind Spain.
Sweden travels to the European Championship in outstanding form, with five wins in a row since the end of March. As always with the Scandinavians, who were shocked this week by Dejan Kulusevski’s positive COVID test, it’s the team that needs to win games. Since Andersson took command in 2016, the collective has been the number one team in the far north. The quasi-key player could be named the somewhat error-prone but still very athletic central defender Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).
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The battle-hardened veterans Sebastian Larsson (AIK) and Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) must ensure that there are enough chances for the good-humored strikers Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad) and Robin Quaison (FSV Mainz 05). Andersson lets play in a classic 4-4-2 in a fairly straightforward manner. The center backs are solid and equipped with fairly classic tasks, while the wing backs provide width rather than depth.
Betting tip – Tie between two teams in their transition stages
We can expect to see two teams that are going through a transition stage, with two coaches who are not afraid to put their ideas and principles into practice on the pitch and sometimes think “out-of-the-box” to do so. Since the stars of the last tournaments are no longer present on either side, are injured or generally do not play a role, some of the “young guns” have to slide to the fore – and both teams have enough of them, although the most important youngsters of the Spaniards naturally have clear qualitative advantages.
The positive COVID 19 tests on both sides could tip the scales here. Not only in terms of the resulting absences, but also because on both sides there may be a little fear that they themselves could be next and miss large parts of the tournament…