Spain hosts Sweden in round 4 of Euro Qualification. The match will be played on Monday, June 10th at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
The Spanish national team started in the tournament with two quite confident victories. On Saturday evening, the Norwegian team was defeated with a 2:1 score. The team opened the scoring already in the 16th minute and confidently created attempts, thus not converting 100% chances. The Norwegians managed to equalize the score from a penalty that Joshua King converted. Sergio Ramos scored the decisive goal from a return penalty in the 71st minute; the ending was under pressure from Spain. The team delivered 24 shots in the match; 11 of them hit the target. Ball possession, as always, exceeded 60%.
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In the second round, the Spaniards waited for a trip to Malta, which did not foreshadow any particular problems; however, the team again faced the problem of converting the moments. The first goal was scored relatively early (in the 31st minute), but it took 42 minutes to wait for the second ball (Alvaro Morata scored twice). There were many attempts in that game, which is confirmed by the number of shots. It exceeded 20 again, and only 7 of them were on target. This time the ball possession rose to the level of Guardiola and reached 81%.
It is worth noting that the last games with more serious rivals ended with more than four goals, which indicates a weak motivation in games with weaker opponents, but it is also worth noting that the coaches give enough chances to players who get a little playing time. Spain will be very motivated to gain a confident victory in the upcoming game.
The Swedish team has started from two matches, which brought a total of four points. In the first round, the team welcomed Romania, which has a good squad and well-knit game. The hosts scored two goals within an interval of seven minutes (in the 33rd and 40th minutes), after which, in their usual manner, they began to play defense first and tried to act extremely carefully. The second half began under the good pressure of the visitors, and as a result, they managed to convert one of their moments in the 58th minute. After that, they didn’t create almost any dangerous attempt until the end of the meeting, except for approaches and good throws. In general, the teams delivered 31 shots for two with a slight advantage of the Swedes; the same applies to shots on target. Ball possession locked at 51 to 49%. In the second game, the Swedes showed a goal extravaganza in the game with Norway (3:3)
In total, Spain and Sweden held two games in Spain, and both of them ended in a whitewash of the hosts. However, it is worth noting that the games were held in 1978 and 2007. Perhaps these teams are the main contenders for two first places in the group, and I think that the Spaniards are unlikely to play slowly, and they will immediately begin to act, thereby trying to score an early goal. On the other hand, Swedes’ counterattacks look very promising.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored