Sweden seek their position to the knockout stages on Wednesday, as they meet Poland in St Petersburg. Here is the preview, prediction, team news, betting tips and odds of the match.
Sweden head into the final round of Group E Euro 2020 fixtures top of the group, while Poland sit bottom on one point needing a huge performance to progress to the last-16.
The Swedes have four points and are yet to concede a goal after drawing with Spain and beating Slovakia, while Poland find themselves in a tricky position following their shock defeat to Slovakia in their opener.
Robert Lewandowski rescued his side a much needed point against Spain last time out and he’ll be hoping to add to his tally by breaking through Sweden’s resilient defence here.
With Spain and Slovakia both able to progress into the latter stages too, this really is a wide-open group where the top two spots will go right down to the wire.
There are plenty of Euro 2020 fixtures still to come, with the knockout stages now looming and the last 16 taking shape.
Sweden vs Poland: Kick-off time
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Sweden v Poland will take place on Wednesday 23rd June 2021. It will kick off at 5pm.
Sweden vs Poland: Team news
Swedish midfielder Mattias Svanberg is currently carrying a knock and might not be able to feature in this match. Dejan Kulusevski has completed his quarantine period, however, and has rejoined the squad ahead of this match.
Injured: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Doubtful: Mattias Svanberg
Jakob Moder is yet another addition to Poland's growing list of injuries and is likely to miss out on this fixture. Grzegorz Krychowiak served his suspension against Spain and will be available against Sweden.
Injured: Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piatek, Krystian Bielik, Arkadiusz Reca
Doubtful: Jakub Moder, Lukasz Fabianski
By virtue of a two characteristically gritty performances in the opening rounds, Sweden are guaranteed to get through to the knockout phase of a European Championship for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals 17 years ago, if they can hold Poland to a draw at the Krestovsky Stadium.
However, should Janne Andersson's men lose and the other match - between Spain and Slovakia - end in a draw, they could theoretically miss out. Realistically, though, heading the group with four points - having followed up their opening goalless draw against Spain with a 1-0 defeat of Slovakia last time out - means that the pressure is off ahead of the game.
Currently competing at their sixth successive continental finals, the Blagult's success last week may have been only the second victory in their last ten outings at the Euros, but it also extended a calendar-year unbeaten run to seven games and counting.
Though it was RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg who dispatched the winning penalty late on, substitute Robin Quaison also played a key part in Sweden's hard-fought win - forcing a penalty not long after coming off the bench - while Alexander Isak was named Star of the Match by UEFA after previously shining brightly and striking the post against Spain.
The youngest ever player to score a senior international goal for the Nordic nation, Isak has so far stepped up to the intimidating challenge of deputising for Sweden's totemic talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was ruled out this summer through injury.
On Wednesday, it will again be the young striker's task to break down the Polish defence, as Andersson's side aim to qualify by finishing as group winners, which would earn them a last-16 date with one of the third-placed nations.
Keeping his nation's hopes alive, Robert Lewandowski became the first Poland player to score in three European Championships with his brilliant headed equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw against group favourites Spain, having previously managed one goal in each of the last two tournaments.
Sweden vs Poland Prediction
Sweden have punched above their weight at Euro 2020 and are legitimate dark horses going into the next round. The likes of Alexander Isak and Marcus Berg have stepped up admirably in the absence of Ibrahimovic and will need to take it up a notch for the remainder of the competition.
Poland, on the other hand, rely heavily on Robert Lewandowski to bail them out of difficult situations and will need their talisman at his best this week. Sweden have a better balance at the moment, however, and hold a slight upper hand in this match.
Prediction: Sweden 2-1 Poland
Sweden vs Poland: Betting tips
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Under 2.5 Goals
Sweden have proven to be a very tough team to break down and one that doesn't create many goalscoring opportunities as well, so you can see why we're backing under 2.5 goals to be scored in their game against Poland. Sweden are yet to concede at the Euros, securing a 0-0 draw against Spain and beating Slovakia 1-0, and four of their last five matches in all competitions have produced fewer than three goals.
Poland have drawn three of their last four matches in all competitions and we believe their game against Sweden is most likely to end all square as the Scandinavians are very strong defensively. Poland also haven't won against Sweden in any of the pair's last seven encounters and Lewandowski and co have only managed to win one of their last six fixtures.
Poland haven't failed to score in any of their last six international matches, which includes both of their other Group E games against Spain and Slovakia. Sweden might have a solid defence but Poland will be going all out for the win, so we can see the Scandivaians conceding their first goal of the tournament in this game. Three of Poland's last four matches have ended in score draws, two of which have ended 1-1.
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