Kick-off: 2000, 14/06/2021
Stadium: Estadio La Cartuja
TV: BBC One
All the evidence suggests Spain should be too strong for Sweden on home turf in Seville in the opening round of Euro 2020 Group E games.
La Roja finished five points ahead of their opponents when they met in qualifying and enjoyed a far more impressive Nations League campaign last year.
We’re going with 21/20 for Luis Enrique’s side to lead at half-time and full-time for our first Spain vs Sweden prediction.
A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds
Spain have disappointed at the last few major tournaments but Enrique will be hopeful of putting that right.
La Roja were unbeaten in 10 qualifiers, with a 3-0 defeat of Sweden in Madrid one of their eight victories.
A record of 31 goals scored and just five conceded in those fixtures reflects how this slick passing unit likes to dominate possession.
There were more encouraging signs in the Nations League, with Spain finishing top of a pool featuring Germany, Switzerland and Ukraine.
November’s 6-0 rout of Die Mannschaft at this venue was certainly a statement of intent, with Manchester City’s Ferran Torres hitting a hat-trick.
Former Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata, Leeds winger Rodrigo and Villarreal striker Gerard were all among the goals on the road to this event.
At the other end of the pitch, Manchester United keeper David De Gea, Manchester City duo Aymeric Laporte and Rodri, Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta and Liverpool’s Thiago are proven performers.
It isn’t easy to find a weak link in this set-up and 21/4 for La Roja to oblige 2-0 takes the eye from the Spain vs Sweden odds.
A Look At Sweden’s Betting Odds
Sweden can take heart from how close they came to beating Spain in Solna during qualifying, with Marcus Berg’s 50th-minute strike only cancelled out in stoppage time by Rodrigo.
The blue and yellows were unbeaten in eight games against Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands and Malta, picking up six victories.
However, they may just have had their limitations exposed when finishing bottom of a Nations League section featuring France, Portugal and Croatia.
Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof is coming off a good season and towering 21-year-old Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak is one to watch out for.
Several key players have aged since Sweden reached the quarter-finals of Russia 2018, though, and this is now just a workmanlike outfit.
Let’s add 23/10 for the Scandinavian side to be trailing 1-0 at half-time to our Spain vs Sweden betting tips.
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