Sweden (SWE) takes on Slovakia (SVK) in an exciting Group E clash in Euro 2020. Both teams have made an impressive start to the tournament as Sebastian Larsson-led Sweden held Spain to a 0-0 draw, while Slovakia grabbed all three points against ten-man Poland. Both teams played out a 1-1 draw in their last meeting.
In a big boost for the Swedes, Dejan Kulusevski has returned to training. The young midfielder is available for selection against Slovakia and will bolster Janne Andersson’s options in the attacking department. Alexander Isak is the player to watch out for in Sweden’s playing eleven as the 21-year-old was denied by the woodwork and set up a glorious chance for Marcus Berg against Spain. The back four, which includes Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof, would be eyeing yet another solid display.
Slovakia will be brimming with confidence after their victory over the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists on Monday. Marek Hamsik, Robert Mak, and Milan Skriniar were outstanding against Poland. Winger Mak played a massive role in both the goals, while Hamsik set up Inter Milan defender Skriniar the winning goal. Slovakia’s attacking unit will face a stern test against a Swedish backline, which has conceded only one goal in their last six matches.
Played: 5 SWE won: 2 SVK won: 0 Drawn: 3
Top Five Fantasy Points scorers (last match)
SWE: R Olsen (9 pts), V Lindelof (7.5 pts), M Danielson (7 pts), L Augustinsson (7 pts), M Lustig (6 pts)
SVK: M Skriniar (14 pts), M Hamsik (9 pts), L Satka (4 pts), O Duda (3.5 pts), P Pekarik (3.5 pts)
Stats & Facts
M Skriniar (DEF) scored a goal and completed 48 passes against Poland in the Euro 2020 Group E match
A Isak (FOR) netted in a goal in the 6-0 win over Slovakia in 2017
S Larsson (MID) made four successful tackles against Spain in the Euro 2020 group E match
R Mak (MID) has two assists and a goal in his last three appearances for Slovakia
R Olsen (GK) made five saves against Spain in the Euro 2020 Group E match
SWE:M Lustig (doubtful)
SVK:I Schranz (injured), D Vavro (unavailable)
SWE (possible): R Olsen; E Krafth, V Lindelof, M Danielson, L Augustinsson; S Larsson, A Ekdal, K Olsson, E Forsberg; A Isak, M Berg
SVK (possible): M Dubravka; P Pekarik, L Satka, M Skriniar, T Hubocan; J Kucka, J Hromada; L Haraslin, M Hamsik, R Mak; O Duda
Parameswaran Sankaranarayan is a sports enthusiast who has worked in print, website, and other digital platforms. He was part of the editorial team of first-ever Indian football-based website - IndianFootball.com (now defunct) - and passionately follows the latest happenings in world football. During his time as a journalist, he had the opportunity to interact with some of the iconic personalities in Indian sports and witness some memorable moments in Indian football.
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