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Spain vs Poland, UEFA Euro 2020, Today Match Prediction

Bilbao, San Mamés Stadium



Spain must show greater attacking edge against Poland as they search for first win

  • Spain are one of the favourites for the tournament, having won it three times before
  • However, they were disappointingly bad in front of goal against Sweden, drawing 0-0
  • Poland were favourites in their opener against Slovakia, but lost 2-1

Spain to win 2-0

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020 | Venue: Bilbao, San Mamés Stadium

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Going into their match against Sweden, Spain were expected to be one of the more exciting teams at the tournament, with a new-look side under coach Luis Enriques.

Unfortunately, for all of their possession (they had 85% of it), they couldn’t manage to break down a stubborn but rather one-dimensional Sweden side. They had one or two good chances in the first half, Alvaro Morata once again in his career guilty of poor finishing, but in the second half they were toothless.

With Poland and Slovakia in their group, you would have said before the tournament that Spain had one of the kinder groups available to them, but they must pick up their performance levels here.

As for Poland, they were disappointing in their own right against Slovakia, leaving star striker Lewandowski isolated upfront. They managed to cancel out Slovakia’s first half goal right after half time. However, they soon went down to 10 men and conceded for a second time.

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World Ranking: 6

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Winners, 1964/2008/2012

Predicted Finish This Year: Quarter Finals

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Won eight of their 10 meetings against Poland

     Sergio Busquets should be available from the start after a negative Covid-19 test

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have now failed to score in two of their last three matches

     Morata has failed to score in his last four games

Spain’s lack of a world class striker is likely to prevent them from going deep into the tournament, unless players around Alvaro Morata can find their touch in front of goal.

For all of Morata’s goals for Spain, he has 16 in 32 matches, he is known for going missing in the biggest of games and missed a huge chance to put his country 1-0 up in the first half against Sweden.

In fairness to Luis Enrique, there is not too much else he can do. Gerard Moreno came on in the second half, a player who scored 30 goals for Villarreal last season, and he could be pushing for a start here.

Elsewhere, Thiago could replace Pedri in the starting line-up.

Star Man – Ferran Torres

The Manchester City forward has six goals in his 11 appearances for Spain.

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World Ranking: 21

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Quarter Finals, 2016

Predicted Finish This Year: Round of 16

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Will be determined to bounce back from defeat

     They will be confident they can perform similarly to Sweden

Reasons to be fearful:

     Won just one of their last eight games in all competitions

     Claimed just one victory from past 10 games vs. Spain

Poland won’t have been best pleased at being on the receiving end of the first shock result of the tournament.

Going down to Slovakia will have been disappointing, but the manner of their defeat will have upset their manager Paulo Sousa most. 

They didn’t record a shot on target in the first half, although redeemed themselves by equalising straight after half time. Just as they appeared likely to complete the turnaround, midfielder Krychowiak was sent off for a second yellow card, with Slovakia scoring a winner moments later.

They now face the toughest team in the group, on paper. A defeat here could leave them staring down the barrel of elimination, although they will be confident of beating Sweden on the final day.

Star Man – Robert Lewandowski

Was starved of service by his teammates against Slovakia, but he is key to everything Poland hope to achieve this summer.

     Spain will dominate possession once again

     Can they find the killer touch in front of goal

     Spanish are favourites to claim first victory

If Spain can find their feet in front of goal, they could achieve great things at this summer’s tournament. If they can’t, they may be going home before it’s really got going.

With the amount of possession they usually control, you would expect them to dominate the match, and if they can score early on, it could give them the confidence to go on and win the game comfortably.

Spain to win 2-0


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Author: Ross B.