Spain will be eager to get off to the best possible start in their Euro 2020 campaign as the three-time champions will take on Sweden in Seville on Monday night. Sweden seeks to advance past the group stages for the first time since Euro 2004 when they reached the quarter-finals. La Roja will be seeking to win their fourth European Championship, making them the most successful team in the competition’s history. Here is our expert guess on Spain and Sweden prediction and lineup.
Spain lineup: Simon; M Llorente, Laporte, P Torres, Alba; Thiago, Rodri, Koke; F Torres, Morata, G Moreno
In the middle of the park, Rodri might take Busquets’ place, while Thiago Alcantara and Koke are also likely to start in midfield, but there are a lot of unknowns heading into the first game.
At the defense, Pau Torres might replace Eric Garcia alongside Aymeric Laporte, while Gerard Moreno, who had a fantastic season with Villarreal, could start in the final third.
While Ferran Torres will likely play with Moreno and Alvaro Morata in a front three, Unai Simon is expected to start in goal. Morata has the most goals in the squad with 19, and Enrique will look to the 28-year-old for inspiration this summer.
Sweden lineup: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Danielson, Augustinsson; S Larsson, Ekdal, Olsson, Forsberg; Isak, Berg
In terms of Sweden, head coach Andersson is projected to go with a 4-4-2 formation, with Marcus Berg partnered in the final third by Alexander Isak, who shone for Real Sociedad in the 2020-21 season.
It’s difficult to anticipate the starting XI for the Sweden national football team. Sebastien Larsson’s experience should see him start, while Emil Forsberg and Albin Ekdal are likely to be included.
Alongside Mikael Lustig and Marcus Danielson, who could also be named for the Group E match, Victor Lindelof from Manchester United will start in the center of the back four.
Both Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg ruled out of the competition after testing positive for coronavirus.
Spain’s preparations were severely hampered because of the coronavirus situation, and Sweden will aim to capitalize. On the other hand, the hosts have enough talent in their ranks and are favorites to win this match, though by a slim margin.
This could turn out to be a difficult match for Spain, as Sweden should be confident. As previously stated, Spain’s preparations have been arduous, but analysts believe Enrique’s side will begin their Euro 2020 campaign with a slim but crucial victory.
Our Prediction: Spain 2-1 Sweden