Group E of the EURO 2020 championship is very enigmatic. All the teams in this assembly, Spain, Sweden, Poland, and Slovakia, aren’t adequately tested, and we don’t know their limits. They could be very high, but they might end up as massive disappointments on the other side.
This is a completely new team. There aren’t any of the players who used to terrorize the world some 10 years ago. The last Mohican here was Sergio Ramos, but he, too, isn’t on the roster. You can tell that this is a completely new team because they oscillate too much. At one point, they smash Germany with 6-0 and, after that, play 1-1 with Greece.
The Red Fury has excellent players in the middle who are still using tika-taka football, with Luis Enrique orchestrating everything from the bench. Atletico Madrid’s Koke leads the way, with Thiago Alcantara. Upfront is Alvaro Morata and City’s Ferran Torres, while the goalkeeping position is reserved for David De Gea. We just need to say that this team has probably the best midfield in the championship in terms of technique.
All eyes here are on Robert Lewandowski. Bayern Munich’s striker is the alpha and omega of this crew and, without a doubt, its biggest star. They have at least one excellent player who stands above all others in each line, like Zielinski in the midfield and Bednarek in defense. Their goalkeepers are West Ham’s veteran Lukas Fabianski and Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny.
This team hasn’t been in good shape recently, posting mixed results. They would play 3-3 in Hungary against the hosts, then beat Andora before losing to England at Wembley, 2-1. All these matches were a part of World Cup qualifiers.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss this EURO, which is a great handicap for the national team and the entire public as well. One of the legendary players was supposed to have his big farewell, but instead, injury prevented him from doing so.
But even without him, Sweden has an interesting, primarily hard-working squad. Their players are all physically impeccable, which couldn’t be said for their tactical and technical knowledge. The leading star in Ibrahimovic’s absence is Emil Forsberg from RB Leipzig. Dejan Kulusevski should be the primary weapon, while Victor Lindelof commands the defense.
Sweden has five wins in the last six games, primarily against a bit weaker sides.
These guys came to EURO through the playoffs beating two Irelands, the Republic, and North Ireland. The Slovaks prefer to play hard and defensive-minded football, being aware that they don’t have some particular quality for some other game plan. That is why the majority of their matches end with two or fewer goals. Still, they come to Euro with five contests without a defeat – one win and four draws.
Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan, and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Newcastle are the best players. The biggest name is Marek Hamsik, Napoli’s former captain, who is at the end of his career, but still has the quality to move the team and give them momentum.
Spain should win this group because all other teams are far beneath when looking at the quality of the squad. When it comes to second place, our money is on Sweden, who looks much better at the moment, with them coming to this championship after better results.
Also, we want to say that all these teams play games with low efficiency. So don’t expect to see too many goals in Group E. Use this fact once betting on the matches from this assembly.
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