Sweden vs Spain should be a decisive game for guests, as they can early qualify if take a win in 8th Round of UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification. This game will be held at Friends Arena, in Stockholm. However, we see here Sweden to welcome their guests very unfriendly, as they need to take a win also and strengthen their 2nd position in the Group F. Read our thoughts about this Euro 2020 qualification Sweden vs Spain match here below.
FIFA Rating – 18
Janne Andersson brought a very interesting and strong national team to this meeting. Playing at home, they are still unbeaten and this is a great opportunity to prove Sweden can play on the top level even against Spain. Before qualification started, Sweden was the second favourite of the Group F so they can show their best football on Tuesday. Previously, hosts won the 1st place in UEFA Nations League, were they overtook Russia and Turkey. Next time, they will play against the strongest nationals, so game for Spain should not scare them.
During the last round, Sweden took 3 points and perfectly played the game against Malta. Of course, Sweden was favourites before the game, but also for Malta this match was very unsuccessful. They got 2 penalties, own goal and lots of troubles in the defence. Guests deservedly won this game and took 3 points to their pocket.
Predicted Sweden line-up
Mikael Lustig, Andreas Granqvist, Victor Lindelof, Filip Helander;
Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Kristoffer Olsson, Emil Forsberg;
John Guidetti, Alexander Isak;
FIFA Rating – 7
Spain starting 8th round being unbeaten in their last 7 games of UEFA Eur 2020 qualification. This team is one step behind being qualified to the Euro 2020 main draw as it did Italy. Even playing without strong striker or forward, this team showed strong attacking skills and proved everyone they are surely ready to start this main tournament with a team almost full of a new generation. At the moment, Sergio Ramos scored most goals for the national team during this qualification, which shows big troubles in attacking line.
Last game they totally failed as at home Spain played a draw against Norway. Being in front after the perfect second-half start, they drew the game thanks to Arrizabalaga mistake in defence. In general, they faced lots of troubles in the attack, as Norway stood confidently almost the whole match. Robert Moreno should find new ways how to overtake teams with such a strong defence, cause this could be a big issue playing in the main Euro 2020 tournament.
Predicted Spain line-up
David de Gea;
Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raul Albiol, Juan Bernat;
Sergio Busquets, Thiago, Saul;
Santi Cazorla, Rodrigo, Mikel Oyarzabal;
Sweden vs Spain H2H
At the first meeting between these teams in Madrid, Spain won with 3:0 result scoring all goals in the second half. Even with total control of the match, they face the biggest troubles for them – physically strong defence. Most of attacking players are very fast, but can’t fight on the same level with tall defenders, as most of the goals coming from the set-pieces or due to defender mistakes.
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