Euro 2020 Group E Betting Preview
Issues in Spain’s camp have thrown their Euro 2020 preparation into the wind ahead of what should have been a straightforward run in Group E. That could leave this group wide open to a shock as Sweden and Poland could pounce to take that 1st place finish. At Bet UK, we’re previewing every group at Euro 2020, as well as putting together a complete Euro 2020 Betting Preview ahead of this summer’s event. You can also find all the latest Euro 2020 betting odds over at Bet UK’s online sportsbook, with markets updated daily.
Manager - Luis Enrique Captain - Sergio Busquets Star Player - Ferran Torres Best Euro Finish - Winners (2008, 2012)
Spain’s squad selection has been one of the most interesting talking points in the lead up to Euro 2020. With countries able to select 26 players, Luis Enrique opted to select just 24 instead, leaving out talisman Sergio Ramos in the process. In the week leading up to the tournament, Sergio Busquets also tested positive for COVID-19, leaving his place in the squad in doubt. Busquets could remain in the 24, and make a return for the final group stage match, but his conditioning will likely be far from his best. There are plenty of players waiting in the wings, but Enrique might have been wishing he selected an extra centre midfielder at this point to avoid any headaches. Spain’s squad obviously isn’t as strong as it was 10 years ago, but there’s still plenty of quality in their ranks. At 10/1 to win the tournament, they are a dark horse that we’ll be keeping an eye on.
Manager - Janne Andersson Captain - Andreas Granqvist Star Player - Emil Forsberg Best Euro Finish - Semi-Finals (1992)
Sweden were expecting Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join their ranks after an impressive season from the 39-year-old, but after pulling out through injury, Janne Andersson will have to do without. Instead, Sweden will stick to a similar lineup that has guided them through five consecutive wins in the lead up to Euro 2020. Alexander Isak might be the man who will be asked to lead the line in Ibrahimovic’s absence. The 6 ft 3 striker has established himself at Real Sociedad at just 21 and looks like he could be a future star. Dejan Kulusevski is another youngster to watch out for. The Juventus winger is only 19 but already has plenty of game time under his belt for the Italian giants and has 13 caps for his country. It could be a case of the young stars overtaking the old guard for Sweden this summer, making them a side to keep an eye on.
Manager - Paulo Sousa Captain - Robert Lewandowski Star Player - Robert Lewandowski Best Euro Finish - Quarter Finals (2016)
On paper, Poland definitely aren’t the strongest squad at Euro 2020. But, they do have the best striker in the world - Robert Lewandowski. Lewandowski is probably the sole reason that Poland are in this position and will be the defining factor in how far they ultimately go this summer. Following 48 goals in just 40 games for Bayern Munich, Lewandowski is in the form of his life and could single-handedly win games for Poland. Of course, he won’t get as many chances in this side as he does at Bayern, but he still has the quality to score with the few chances he’ll be given. Outside of Lewandowski, there are a few recognisable names in Mateus Klich, Wojciech Szczesny and Arkadiusz Milik, but few other names that will strike fear into their opponents. Regardless, we think Poland will be able to make the knockout rounds solely thanks to their talismanic striker.
Manager - Stefan Tarkovic Captain - Marek Hamsik Star Player - Milan Skriniar Best Euro Finish - Round of 16 (2016)
Slovakia are regulars at international tournaments at this point; however, the quality in their squad has massively dropped off in the last couple of years. The majority of their star players from tournaments passed are now ageing and beyond their best years. Their decline in quality was summed up perfectly earlier this year. In two consecutive World Cup qualifiers, Slovakia drew against Cyprus and Malta, two of the whipping boys of European football. This might be the last time we see Slovakia at an international tournament for a while, and it already seems like this will be the final send-off for some of the country’s star players.
Group E Fixtures
|14th June||17:00||Poland v Slovakia||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg|
|14th June||20:00||Spain v Sweden||La Cartuja, Seville|
|18th June||14:00||Sweden v Slovakia||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg|
|19th June||20:00||Spain v Poland||La Cartuja, Seville|
|23rd June||17:00||Slovakia v Spain||La Cartuja, Seville|
|23rd June||17:00||Sweden v Poland||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg|
Euro 2020 Group E Final Standings Predictions