Big Game Focus: Sweden v Spain


Spain will be aiming to book their place in next year’s European Championships when they take on Sweden in a Group F’s top of the table showdown. The hosts, on the other hand, will be looking  to cement their position inside the top two. Can they stop the rampant Spaniards? Here’s the Big Game Focus. Bet on the game here. 

Sweden will be looking to get a positive result when they play host to Spain tonight and  solidify their position in Group F. With Romania and neighbours Norway hot on their heels, it is vital that the hosts produce a good result against the Spaniards given there are only three games left to play. Sweden are second in the group with 14 points, just one more than Romania and four more than Norway.

Spain saw their 100% record in the group come to an end last week following a 1-1 draw by Norway. However, they are comfortably placed at the top of the group, having collected 19 points from their seven matches. A point against Sweden will be enough for Robert Moreno’s men to seal their spot in the UEFA Euro 2020.

Betting preview

Spain have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions. Spain won 3-0 the last time these two met as well as the last three meetings. The Swedes drew 1-1 in their last home game which was against their Scandinavian neighbours Norway. For that reason, you can back an Away Win at odds of 1.95. 

Spain have scored two or more goals in eight of their last ten matches in all competitions. They’ve also scored Over 1.5 Goals in four of their last five away matches. Therefore, odds of 1.95 for Away Team to score Over 1.5 Goals are attractive. 

The hosts have kept just two clean sheets at home in their last six matches in all competitions. Meanwhile, both teams have scored in six of Spain’s last seven matches. You can back Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.80. 

Team news

The hosts have no major injury or suspension concerns, and should, therefore, name their strongest XI for this huge clash against Spain. Victor Lindelof missed the 4-0 win over Malta on Saturday but is expected to return alongside Andreas Granqvist.

Sergio Ramos was booked in the 1-1 draw with Norway and is suspended. Athletic Bilbao centre half Inigo Martinez is expected to come in alongside Raul Albiol at the heart of the defence.

Possible line-ups

Sweden: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Bengtsson, Larsson, Olsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Berg, Quaison

Spain: Arrizabalaga, Carvajal, Albiol, Martinez, Bernat, Thiago, Busquets, Saul, Oyarzabal, Moreno, Ceballos