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Sweden vs Poland, free match prediction 23 Jun 2021

23 Jun 2021 | 21:30 | Dublin, Aviva Stadium
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Group E leaders Sweden aim to secure surprise top spot ahead of Spain in final group game

  • Sweden are currently top of Group following a win against Slovakia and draw with Spain
  • A draw could secure top spot if Spain fail to win, however a defeat could see them finish bottom
  • Poland sit bottom, following defeat to Slovakia and a draw against Spain

Sweden 1-1 Poland

  • Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020
  • Venue: Dublin, Aviva Stadium

SWEDEN vs POLAND Match Preview & Analysis

Group E is one of the most complex going into the final round of fixtures, with three of the four teams understanding that they could either finish top of the group, bottom of the group or somewhere in between.

Sweden are the odd ones out, knowing that they can’t finish lower than third. They got off to a strong start following an unlikely draw with Spain, which they followed up with a narrow victory over Slovakia to take the top spot.

A draw here would secure a top two finish, but defeat would see Poland overtake them and potentially Spain or Slovakia too, depending on the result of that game.

In contrast, Poland have only one option here and that’s to go out and win the game. Remarkably, a win would mean the lowest they can finish is second, despite currently sitting bottom on a single point.

It really is all to play for.

Teams Preview

Sweden Preview

World Ranking: 18

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Semi Finals, 1992

Predicted Finish This Year: Round of 16 

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Know that, unless they receive a thrashing, they are through

     Haven’t conceded a goal so far at the tournament

Reasons to be fearful:

     Defensive mindset could get them in trouble if they concede

     Will face a tougher Round of 16 game if they don’t finish top

Sweden have enjoyed a great record over Poland in recent times, winning all of the last five meetings and going unbeaten all the way back to 1991.

They’ve never met before at the Euros, but Sweden will take confidence from the way in which they have played against them in the past.

A point here would be enough to claim a top two spot, and considering that they’ve not conceded so far this tournament, they have the tools to do so.

They will be wary of Poland, of course, particularly with Lewandowski up front. The star striker scored his first goal against Spain, and will have the taste for more here.

Star Man – Alexander Isak

The 21-year-old is a constant thorn in the opponent’s side, and will look to stretch the Poland defence on the counter here.

Poland Preview

World Ranking: 21

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Quarter Finals, 2016

Predicted Finish This Year: Group Stage

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Lewandowski scoring against Spain will give him a boost

     Know they have to win to qualify

Reasons to be fearful:

     Poor record against Sweden

     Just one goal scored so far

If Poland were to crash out of the Euros at the first hurdle, finishing bottom of the group, it would go down as a major disappointment for a proud footballing nation who reached the Quarter Finals of the last tournament.

The game against Slovakia will hurt most, losing 2-1 and going down to 10 men just as it looked as though they were about to turn it around from a 1-0 deficit.

On the bright side, Poland know that they have to come out and win the game in order to qualify. With Robert Lewandowski in their ranks, anything is possible, and there were glimmers of hope coming out of the game against Spain to suggest that others alongside him are starting to pick up their performance levels.

Star Man – Robert Lewandowski 

His goal against Spain means that he has 67 international goals in 121 appearances for his country.

SWEDEN vs POLAND Winning Prediction

     Poland should be the more aggressive of the teams

     Can they breach the Swedish defence?

     Sweden will stay solid and look to hit Poland on the counter

Tactically, it will be simple for Poland to set up here, as they must go all out for the win.

If they do so, and Spain vs. Slovakia ends in a draw, then they’ll remarkably top the group.

For Sweden, they’ll stick to what they know best, and that’s defending well and as a solid unit. They’ll be confident of getting at least a point from this game, and qualifying themselves.

Sweden 1-1 Poland

Author: Ross B.