Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Spain take on Sweden in front of home fans at Estadio de La Cartuja in Sevilla in their EURO 2020 opener. La Roja will be without captain Sergio Ramos at the upcoming showpiece tournament, but head coach Luis Enrique still has a number of high-profile players to choose from. The former Barca boss counts on young and talented players, who are likely to make life difficult for Sweden’s anything but quick defensive line.
The Blagult are on a five-game winning run in all competitions, but Spain are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the visitors than their previous rivals (Armenia, Finland, Estonia, Kosovo, and Georgia). Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been left out of the squad, and, in his absence, a man to watch in the away team will be Real Sociedad attacker Alexander Isak. Alvaro Morata, on the other hand, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Adama Traore):
After starting his youth career at Hospitalet, Adama Traore moved to Barcelona football academy La Masia in 2004. The pacey winger made a great progress during his spell with the Catalan giants and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 63 appearances for Barca B.
Adama Traore made his debut for the first team against Granada (4-0) on November 23, 2013, replacing Brazilian superstar Neymar in the 83rd minute of the match. In the summer of 2015, he signed for Aston Villa for a fee of £7 million, but he made no more than 11 appearances in the Premier League for the Vilans. At the end of the 2015/2016 season he moved to fellow English club Middlesbrough and he made his debut for the Boro in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on September 10, 2016.
Due to his dual citizenship, Adama Traore is eligible to represent Spain and Mali at senior level, but it has to be noted that he played for youth categories of La Roja.
Highlighted Team (Sweden):
Sweden are the most successful Nordic side on international stage having been present at major competitions since 1934. Blagult missed out on the 1952 World Cup trophy on home soil as they were beaten by star-studded Brazil side, while they finished in third place at the 1950 and 1994 tournaments, and finishing fourth on their second appearance in 1938.
As far as their European Championship record is concerned, Sweden also achieved their best result in front of home fans, reaching the last four in 1992, and they have since reached the quarter-finals at Euro 1994 in Portugal.
Anders Svensson and Thomas Ravelli are team’s most capped players with over 140 appearances each, but it is strikers Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic that will go down as the most famous Swedish footballers in history. The later also leads the goalscoring charts with over 60 strikes for the national team and he is widely regarded as one of the most colourful characters, not only in Scandinavia, but in world football.