Luis Enrique’s Spanish team are the cream of the crop in Euro 2020 tournament Group E and will expect to go deep into the knockout stages of the competition. Sweden, on the other hand, will hope to finish second in Group E, if not shock viewers and top the group. Spain and Sweden are joined by Poland and Slovakia in Group E. On paper, Spain are likely to win the group while Sweden, Poland, and Slovakia fight it out for second place. Group E could be one of the four groups to produce a third-place finisher to qualify for the knockout phase.

Sweden head into the tournament under Janne Andersson and are ranked 18 in the world. It was hoped that AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be available for the tournament but an injury will keep him out of the competition.

Even without Ibrahimovic, Sweden are on a great run of form. They have won five straight matches although the quality of opponents must seriously be taken into question. Sweden defeated Georgia, Kosovo, Estonia, Finland, and Armenia in 2021 by a combined score of 10-1. Only Armenia scored a goal against Sweden in their most recent friendly.

Spain are ranked No. 6 in the world going into the tournament. Only one of their last 13 matches ended in a loss. They are in fine form and will be expected to fight for the tournament’s trophy.

Spain vs Sweden Betting Odds

 

Spain will have home-field advantage on Monday versus Sweden. The teams will play in Seville at the Estadio de la Cartuja. Enrique took over the Spain national team after their failure at the 2018 World Cup. Enrique has worked hard to rejuvenate the squad with younger talent. He has castoff Barcelona and Real Madrid veterans to overhaul the team. Some of those castoffs were holdover players from the Euro and World Cup successes of around a decade-plus ago.

Leading sportsbooks have Spain at odds of 1/2 to claim a win in their first Group E win versus Sweden. The teams have met 14 times in all competitions with the first coming in 1950. Spain have posted a record of 6W-5D-3L against Sweden all-time. Spain and Sweden met in Euro 2020 qualifying. The Spanish won their first meeting in qualifying 3-0 and the second fixture finished 1-1.

Sweden are at odds of 8/1 to win the match against Spain. The Swedes have not defeated Spain since 2006 in the Euro qualifying phase. These teams have met a number of times over the last 15 years in European Championship qualifying and at the finals.

The Swedes may not be one of the powerhouses of European football, but since Andersson took over after the Euro 2016 tournament, the manager has won 50% of games while in charge. Sweden qualified for the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals.

Spain vs Sweden Team News

Enrique has altered the squad with veteran captain Sergio Ramos omitted from the team. Remarkably, there are no Real Madrid players in the side, showing just how little impact the club are having currently on Spanish football. Manchester City’s Amymeric Laporte joins the side after changing national team allegiance. Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente is one of the most exciting players in the team. He has had a brilliant 24 months for Atletico.

Goalscoring may fall on the shoulders of Alvaro Morata. Although he has scored a lot of goals, Morata has never been a player to carry the load on his own. He will need plenty of support.

Sweden's hopes increased with the announcement of Ibrahimovic coming back following five years off of the international stage. Unfortunately, a knee injury will prevent the 39-year-old AC Milan player from taking park. The flair that Ibrahimovic and goalscoring potential will now be replaced with a side that is focused on keeping scores low. Four of their last five matches on the international stage finished in wins to nil. They won their last five matches by a combined score of 10-1.

Without Ibrahimovic, Juventus’s Dejan Kulusevski is the player to watch for Sweden. He had an up and down season at Juventus. When Kulusevski was on, he was brilliant; but when he went missing, there was a major hole in the team. Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak is another attacking player Andersson will depend on this summer.

Spain vs Sweden Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 13/10 - BET NOW

 

The last time the teams met in Euro 2020 qualifying, Sweden claimed a 1-1 draw. Six of the last 13 matches between Spain and Sweden finished with both teams finding the back of the net. Five of Sweden’s last 13 matches ended with both teams scoring. Sweden have not played very good quality talent over the course of their last five games. They will take a step up versus Spain.

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Llorente had a great season for Atletico Madrid helping the team win La Liga. He tallied 13 goals and 12 assists in 45 matches in all competitions for Los Rojiblancos. Llorente has only played five times for Spain thus far. He could have a massive tournament. If he does, Spain could go deep in the competition. Llorente is heavily linked with Manchester United.

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 11/10 - BET NOW

 

Five of Spain’s last 13 matches ended with over 2.5 goals scored. They are coming off of a 4-0 win versus Lithuania. They have thrashed poor national teams in 2021 winning against the likes of Georgia 2-1, Kosovo 2-1, and 4-0 versus Lithuania. Spain managed a 1-1 draw with Greece and nil-nil draw recently versus Portugal.

Eight of Sweden’s last 13 matches ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Their most recent friendly was a 3-1 victory over Armenia.

Spain should claim a victory over Sweden on Monday in their first match of the Euro 2020 tournament. La Roja may not be good enough to win the tournament, but they are certainly good enough to top Group E.