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Euro 2020: Spain vs Sweden - Preview, TV Channel, Live Stream & More
La Roja begin their Euro 2020 campaign against a tough Sweden side in Sevilla
Spain are on the hunt for their fourth European Championship, not quite as the team they were but still as a major force to be reckoned with. World Cup 2018 quarter finalists Sweden will be without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they look to make it past the group stage at the Euros for the first time since Euro 2004.
🎙 Sweden’s coach: « I have had contact with Zlatan. He is not very advanced in recovery, as we understood from the beginning. Of course, I did an extra check to see how his rehab was going. We didn't expect to be able to call him, but I checked to make sure. » pic.twitter.com/WTyk1x7pM2— Milan Posts (@MilanPosts) June 10, 2021
Form: Spain vs Sweden
It was always going to be difficult for Spain to maintain the consistency which saw them win an unprecedented three consecutive major international trophies and things haven't quite gone to plan in recent years. They crashed out of World Cup 2014 in the group stage before being eliminated in the round of 16 at Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018. However, they are unbeaten in seven matches including that 6-0 drumming of Germany in November. Their preparations this time around haven't exactly been perfect. After a 0-0 draw with rivals Portugal, they were forced to field their under-21 side for their final warm-up game against Lithuania after Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 and the main squad was forced to isolate. The youngsters did themselves proud, hammering the Lithuanians 4-0. The Spanish will be used to pre-tournament crises after seeing Julien Loptegui sacked and replaced by Fernando Hierro on the eve of World Cup 2018. They are not the team of 2008-2012 but fans still have many reasons to be optimistic and Luis Enrique will be hoping to get off to a positive start on Monday.
There have also been some coronavirus related issues in the Sweden camp but the Swedes will come into this match relatively confident on the back of five straight wins. They will be underdogs but still more than capable of causing an upset. With Poland and Slovakia the other teams waiting for them in Group E, Sweden will know that three points here puts them in a fantastic position to qualify for the second round. The Blue and Yellows do have previous in this competition. They famously reached the semi finals back at Euro 1992 and more recently made the quarter finals in 2004. While legendary striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came out of international retirement earlier this year, he was unfortunately never really in contention after picking up a knee injury playing for his club AC Milan in May. Nonetheless, Sweden have plenty of good players available.
Team News: Spain vs Sweden
There are lots of question marks over who will start this game for Spain. Sergio Busquets will miss out after his positive test but Diego Llorente has successfully passed two negative tests and should therefore be able to return to the squad. Rodri is likely to start in the midfield in place of the Barcelona man. Thiago Alcantara and Koke could play alongside him. At the back, Aymeric Laporte is almost certain to start but whether he will be joined by Villarreal's Pau Torres or Eric Garcia is not clear. Alvaro Morata is a controversial figure among fans but, with 19 international goals, he is the leading scorer in the squad and quite likely to lead the line. Europa League winner Gerard Moreno is in contention to start up front, as is Ferran Torres who scored a hat-trick in that famous win over Germany. Mikel Oyarzabal could also offer something different in the front line.
Possible Spain Lineup: Simon, Azpilicueta, Laporte, Garcia, Alba, Thiago, Rodri, Koke, F Torres, Morata, Oyarzabal
Spain's Misfiring striker Morata will face Sweden's never Convincing defender in Lindelof tonight at 22:00 EAT, Catch all the action live on https://t.co/pgvd1q5eS8 to witness who puts their woes behind to guide his nation to Victory #JoinThatShowmaxLife #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/hVjjBLVnpV— Purely khamiis 🇺🇬 (@Purelykhamiisi) June 14, 2021
Sweden's starting X1 is a little bit easier to predict. Manchester United centre back Victor Lindelof is a dead cert at the heart of the defence and should see vastly experienced right back Mikael Lustig there next to him. Sebastian Larsson is the fifth most capped player in the country's history and this is likely to be his final tournament. There is doubt over whether head coach Janne Andersson will opt for Larsson's experience or go for a more mobile option. Emil Forsberg is sure to play wide in the midfield, with the impressive Alexander Isak and Marcus Berg up front. Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg will be unavailable after testing positive for coronavirus.
Possible Sweden lineup: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Danielson, Augustinsson, S Larsson, Ekdal, Olsson, Forsberg, Isak, Berg
How to watch Spain vs Sweden on TV & Live Stream
Spain vs Sweden (Euro 2020, Group E)
Sevilla, Spain (Kickoff: 20.00)
Coverage: BBC One (19.30)
You can watch live coverage of this game for free on BBC One. Gary Lineker and his panel will bring pre-match analysis starting at 19.30 GMT, before the game kicks off at 20.00. You can also watch online via live streaming through the BBC iPlayer. Only UK residents with a TV license can legally watch this coverage.
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