Sweden faces Poland in St Petersburg in the hopes of securing the point that would advance them to the knockout stages on Wednesday, in the penultimate match of an intriguing Group E at Euro 2020. Poland has only one point from their first two games and will need to win to make the top two, although Swedes will advance if they avoid defeat. Here is all you need to know about Sweden vs Poland prediction and lineup.
Sweden lineup: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Danielson, Augustinsson; S. Larsson, Olsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Isak, Berg
Dejan Kulusevski was an unused sub in Sweden’s 1-0 win over Slovakia after recovering from COVID-19, and he should play some part here.
Carl Mikael Lustig was a doubt for the tight win, but he played the full 90 minutes last week and is fit enough to start at right-back.
Jan Olof Andersson will not shuffle the starting XI that won against Slovakia.
Poland lineup: Szczesny; Bereszynski, Bednarek, Glik; Jozwiak, Moder, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Puchacz; Swiderski, Lewandowski
Grzegorz Krychowiak, who had missed the 1-1 tie with Spain due to suspension, is available and will seek to be returned in midfield.
On Monday, Lukasz Fabianski practiced on his own, while Jakub Moder is scheduled to miss the game due to a knee ailment.
Poland is aware that a win in this match would improve their chances of qualifying for the final 16. Sweden didn’t qualify for the last-16 but is possible to advance to the next round of Euro 2020 with four points from two games as one of the four highest-ranked third-placed teams.
Sweden knows that a point will be enough to guarantee a knockout stage spot, so they’re not under any need to go all out right away. Jan Olof Andersson’s side with Robert Lewandowski can catch the Eagles off guard. Poland’s growing confidence and increased will to win should be enough to break down a stubborn Sweden defense.
Having not lost in months for a reason, Swedes are once again a tough defensive proposition and their attacking talents can allow them snare a point on the counter, ensuring progression to the next stage.
Our Prediction: Sweden 1-1 Poland