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The Swedes outperformed Spain in the last World Cup, as they reached the quarter-finals in Russia last summer. Now they’re aiming to build on their strong display in the Nations League, which saw them make the step up to the top tier. Can Sweden’s resurgence continue with a surprise result in Madrid this week?

Spain ended their Nations League campaign on a poor note, following their 3-2 loss to Croatia which prevented them from making the finals. However, since that loss, they’ve kicked on to record four straight wins. They were able to win 4-1 against the Faroe Islands at the weekend, a thumping victory that helped to establish the Spanish at the top of the table.

Sweden are heading for the top tier in the Nations League in 2021, but are they going to the Euros next summer? They’ve already wrapped up a playoff spot thanks to their Nations League success, but Sweden have made an impressive start in their push to qualify. An unbeaten start has left them in the top two, with Norway and Romania seeming like beatable rivals for the Swedes in this group. They’re managing to successfully move on from the Zlatan-era, but how will they fare here?

Date, kick-off time, and venue

Spain vs Sweden is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Monday, June 14, 2021.

The match will be held at Estadio La Cartuja in Seville, Spain.

What TV channel is Spain v Sweden on?

Fans can tune in to watch the game for free on BBC One from 7:30 pm.

Games will be split between ITV and BBC throughout the tournament with every single moment of every match being broadcast on free-to-air TV.

How to live stream Spain v Sweden online

You can also live stream the match via BBC iPlayer on a range of devices including laptops, smartphones and tablets.

Spain v Sweden team news

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Enrique will likely go with a 4-3-3 formation and stick Alvaro Morata up top, with Torres and potentially Dani Olmo alongside the center-forward.

Sergio Busquets and Thiago Alcantara should command the midfield, while Manchester City’s Rodri could start here and drive the team forward. Leeds United’s Diego Llorente may get a game alongside Garcia in the heart of the defense.

Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United/ENG), Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sanchez (Brighton/ENG)

Forwards: Dani Olmo (Leipzig/GER), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Ferran Torres (Manchester City/ENG), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Juventus/ITA), Adama Traore (Wolverhampton/ENG), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)

Midfielders: Fabian Ruiz (Napoli/ITA), Pedri, Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri Hernandez (Manchester City/ENG), Koke,(Atletico Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool/ENG).

Defenders: Jose Gaya (Valencia), Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City/ENG), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Diego Llorente (Leeds/ENG), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea/ENG)


A solid 4-4-2 line-up is expected from the Swedes with Mainz’s Robin Quaison potentially starting alongside Berg upfront.

Winger Emil Forsberg will likely see plenty of the ball on Swedish attacks, while veteran Sebastian Larsson could also start in the center. Left-back Ludwig Augustinsson is expected to get the nod ahead of Pierre Bengtsson.

Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen (Everton/ENG), Karl-Johan Johnsson (FC Copenhagen/DEN), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Genclerbirligi/TUR)

Forwards: Marcus Berg (IFK Goteborg), Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus/ITA), Robin Quaison (Mainz/GER), Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad/ESP), Jordan Larsson (Spartak Moscow/RUS).

Midfielders: Jens Cajuste (FC Midtjylland/DEN), Gustav Svensson (Guangzhou/CHN), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar/RUS), Albin Ekdal (Sampdoria/ITA), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig/GER), Sebastian Larsson (AIK), Kristoffer Olsson (Krasnodar/RUS), Ken Sema (Watford/ENG), Mattias Svanberg (Bologna/ITA)

Defenders: Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen/GER), Andreas Granqvist (Helsingborgs), Victor Lindelof (Manchester United/ENG), Filip Helander (Rangers/SCO), Emil Krafth (Newcastle/ENG), Mikael Lustig (AIK), Pontus Jansson (Brentford/ENG), Marcus Danielson (Dalian Pro/CHN), Pierre Bengtsson (Vejle)

Spain v Sweden odds

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A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds

Spain have disappointed at the last few major tournaments but Enrique will be hopeful of putting that right.

La Roja were unbeaten in 10 qualifiers, with a 3-0 defeat of Sweden in Madrid one of their eight victories.

A record of 31 goals scored and just five conceded in those fixtures reflects how this slick passing unit likes to dominate possession.

There were more encouraging signs in the Nations League, with Spain finishing top of a pool featuring Germany, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

November’s 6-0 rout of Die Mannschaft at this venue was certainly a statement of intent, with Manchester City’s Ferran Torres hitting a hat-trick.

Former Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata, Leeds winger Rodrigo, and Villarreal striker Gerard were all among the goals on the road to this event.

At the other end of the pitch, Manchester United keeper David De Gea, Manchester City duo Aymeric Laporte and Rodri, Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta and Liverpool’s Thiago are proven, performers.

It isn’t easy to find a weak link in this set-up and 23/4 for La Roja to oblige 2-0 takes the eye from Spain vs Sweden odds.

A Look At Sweden’s Betting Odds

Sweden can take heart from how close they came to beating Spain in Solna during qualifying, with Marcus Berg’s 50th-minute strike only canceled out in stoppage time by Rodrigo.

The blue and yellows were unbeaten in eight games against Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, and Malta, picking up six victories.

However, they may just have had their limitations exposed when finishing bottom of a Nations League section featuring France, Portugal, and Croatia.

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof is coming off a good season and towering 21-year-old Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak is one to watch out for.

Several key players have aged since Sweden reached the quarter-finals of Russia 2018, though, and this is now just a workmanlike outfit.

Let’s add 12/5 for the Scandinavian side to be trailing 1-0 at half-time to our Spain vs Sweden betting tips.

Spain vs Sweden Predictions

In our prediction for Spain vs Sweden, we decided to go against the trend and the majority of betting experts. We admit that Spain is the favorite according to most of the bookmakers and punters, but there is value to be had on the other side. Certainly, the home ground is playing an advantageous role for Spain. However, after carefully observing all the stats, players and news we believe that the value and an opportunity for good winnings here can be found on the Double Chance market.

Backing Sweden or Draw at odds around 3.00 is something which according to us is very likely to happen, at least more than the odds would suggest. Sweden has won its last 4 out of 5 international games - only losing to France, 4-2.

Spain are the big favorites to win this Group E encounter

Spain followed up their 0-0 draw with Portugal by hammering Lithuania with their reserve squad after Sergio Busquets tested positive for COVID-19. Other than the Barcelona midfielder, Spain are at full strength ahead of the game against Sweden which could prove to be their toughest match on the group stage, so a draw could turn out to be a good result for both countries. Spain still have plenty of quality in their midfield, even without Busquets, in the form of Thiago, Llorente, Koke, Rodri, and Ruiz, all of whom are in contention to face Sweden.

there is no Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Sweden squad but fellow experienced forward Berg is selected alongside Real Sociedad's Isak. Svanberg and Kulusevski are self-isolating and won't play against Spain but former Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson could make his 130th appearance for his country. Larsson is one of just three Swedish players to actually play their club football in their home nation, with the others being the defenders Lustig and Granqvist, who are the other two most capped players in the team. Spain should have enough to beat Sweden but the longer the underdogs can frustrate the Spaniards, the more chance they have of causing an upset.

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