class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The three-time European champions kick-off their campaign on home soil and Goal is backing their Scandinavian opponents to make things challenging
Spain begin their Euro 2020 campaign on Monday evening at the Estadio La Cartuja in Seville where they face Sweden in Group E.
Luis Enrique has seen his side’s build-up massively disrupted by positive coronavirus tests in the camp, while the general feeling in Spain is not overly optimistic about the team’s chances given La Roja’s inconsistent form over the last year.
Sweden’s preparations have also been impacted by coronavirus, yet the Scandinavians will be quietly confident of making the knockout stages of the tournament.
Spain vs Sweden Latest Odds
These two sides met in qualifying for the competition, with Spain winning 3-0 on home soil before scoring in injury time to claim a 1-1 draw in the most recent clash.
La Roja are priced at 4/9 (1.44) to get off to a winning start with bet365 while Sweden can be backed at 13/2 (7.50) and the draw at 10/3 (4.33).
Spain vs Sweden Team News
The 2008 and 2012 European champions are without captain Sergio Busquets after he tested positive for coronavirus but Aymeric Laporte is set to start his first competitive game for Spain after his fast-track nationalisation process.
Sweden will be without Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg, who have also both tested positive for coronavirus.
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A tumultuous final preparatory week for Spain has seen them training individually and undergoing daily coronavirus testing, with Diego Llorente having tested positive last week and then negative a couple of days later.
They remain a talented group of players, but there are question marks over their ability to finish the chances they create – particularly against teams who sit deep.
Less than seven months ago La Roja thrashed Germany 6-0 in the UEFA Nations League but they are unlikely to be afforded the space they were by a ragged-looking German team.
Sweden come into the tournament in excellent form, having won the five matches they have contested in 2021 and keeping four clean sheets in the process, and they know if they can keep things tight then they have an excellent chance of progressing from the group.
Spain vs Sweden Tips and Predictions
Under 2.5 goals is priced at 4/5 (1.80) and looks like a strong option for what is likely to be a closely contested game.
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