Euro 2020 Sweden Preview: Sweden achieved their highest ever World Cup finish in 2018 without the world superstar after reaching the quarterfinal. Zlatan Ibrahimovic came out of retirement to feature in the World Cup Qualifier games against Georgia, Kosovo, and also a friendly against Estonia. Although, he is not in the squad for Euros.
Sweden in Group E of Euro 2020: With Spain, Poland, and Slovakia in their Group, Sweden will most probably be fighting against Poland for the 2nd spot. They face Spain in their opening game of the competition in a blockbuster match in Seville. Aside from a complicated affair against two-time winners Spain, anything less than a quarterfinal will be a bitter campaign.
Sweden in Group E: Head-to-head record
Group E at Euro 2021 will consist of Spain, Poland, Sweden, and Slovakia. The winner of the group will face third-place from either Group A, B, C, or D in the Round of 16 – which is likely to be one of Switzerland, Turkey, Denmark, Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Scotland, or the Czech Republic.
The team that finishes runner-up in Group E will play the second-placed team from Group D in the first knockout phase; most likely to be either Croatia or England.
v Spain W-3; D-1; L-2
v Poland W-3; D-0; L-0
v Slovakia W-2; D-0; L-3
Sweden Euro 2020 schedule/fixtures
June 15: vs Spain, 12:30 AM
June 18: vs Slovakia, 06:30 PM
June 23: vs Poland, 9:30 PM
Where to watch Euro 2020 Sweden matches in India?
Live streaming and telecast of all Euro 2020 matches in India will be available on Sony Sports Network and their OTT platforms Sony Liv.
Sweden squad for Euro 2020:
Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen, Karl Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt
Defenders: Mikael Lustig, Pontus Janssson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist, Victor Lindelof, Marcus Danielson, Martin Olsson, Emil Krafth, Filip Helander.
Midfielders: Sebastian Larson, Emil Forsberg, Viktor Claeson, Ken Sema, Dejan Kulusevki, Albin Ekdal, Gustav Svensson, Jens Cajuste, Kristoffer Olson, Mattias Svanberg.
Forwards: Marcus Berg, Alexsander Isak, Robin Quaison, Jordan Larsson
Coach: Janne Andersson
Sweden squad for Euro 2020, Players to watch out for:
Emil Forsberg: The RB Leipzig midfielder will have big shoes to fill, not just replicating Zlatan’s influence but also his numbers. Forsberg scored nine goals in the Bundesliga this season and provided 7 assists as Leipzig finished second and were runners-up in the German Cup. He is a versatile player and is capable of playing as a winger, false 9, and an attacking midfielder.
Alexander Isak: Isak has already drawn analogies to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He moved to Dortmund in 2017 after being previously linked with Real Madrid. In 2019 he finally arrived in La Liga where he has bonded a starting position for Real Sociedad. Isak has been making a huge impression in La Liga. He also scored twice in Spanish Cup against Real Madrid.
Dejan Kulusevski: Another rising star, Kulusevski has played a major role in Juventus playing at the right-wing position. He is versatile and can also play as a second striker, center-forward, and attacking midfielder.
Sweden, Euro 2020 – Predictions
With a young squad and an experienced manager, Sweden is expected to finish below Spain in Group E.