Sweden and Slovakia will fight for control of Euro 2020 Group E when they clash in Saint Petersburg on Friday at 2pm (UK time).
Janne Andersson’s men put in a resolute performance to hold Spain to a 0-0 draw in their opening match on Monday, while Slovakia pulled off a shock 2-1 win over Poland earlier that day.
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Where to watch Sweden vs Slovakia on TV:
- UK: BBC One
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Scoreline prediction: Sweden 1-1 Slovakia
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Sweden vs Slovakia build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Though they’re obviously no pushovers, few expected Sweden to pick up a result against Spain in their opening match. However, Andersson’s side were able to keep the three-time European champions at arm’s length throughout in Seville and will look for a similar defensive performance here, coupled with a little more incisiveness in the final third.
But Sweden face a Slovakia side buzzing with confidence after running out 2-1 winners against Poland last time out. In just their second European Championships tournament, the Falcons are looking to reach the knockout rounds for the first time and if they can recreate the attacking verve which brought them victory against Poland here, they should be good for at least a point. That will likely be enough to get them over the line.
- Sweden (vs Spain): Olsen; Lustig*, Lindelof, Danielssom, Augustinsson; Larsson, Olsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Isak.
- Slovakia (vs Poland): Dubravka; Pekarik, Satka, Skriniar, Hubocan; Kucka, Hromada; Haraslin, Hamsik, Mak; Duda.
Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg should both be fit to return here, the former adding a huge boost to the Swedish attack. Mikael Lustig limped off with a muscle injury against Spain and is unlikely to feature. Denis Vavro is not ready to return for Slovakia.
Players to watch:
- Sweden: If Sweden are to get that first win of Euro 2020 under their belts, they’ll need a little more creativity in the final third after managing just four shots against Spain, with only one hitting the target. Alexander Isak will obviously be expected to score the goals, but it’ll be Emil Forsberg who’ll be entrusted with supplying the ammunition. The 29-year-old created 2.1 chances per 90 minutes for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga last season — placing him behind only Angeliño (2.2) and Christopher Nkunku (3.4) at Die Roten Bullen — helping himself to four assists along the way. But Forsberg, operating on the left flank, failed to create a chance or complete a dribble against Spain. He needs to ask more questions of the Slovakian defence this time around.
- Slovakia: Isak could prove to be a handful for Slovakia on Friday but in Milan Skriniar, they have the perfect man for the job. The Inter Milan man has developed into one of Europe’s best centre-backs in the past couple of years and against Poland last time out, he was a monumental presence at the heart of the Slovakian defence. Skriniar completed no fewer than 10 clearances on the day, at least six more than any other player, while he made three interceptions, two tackles and won two aerial duels. To top things off, it was Skriniar who fired home Slovakia’s winner in the 69th minute. A truly talismanic performance and one he’ll need to replicate against a tricky Sweden outfit.
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