Ace Football previews the Group E match between Sweden and Slovakia in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, the best odds, and form guides.
Sweden is getting ready to clash with Slovakia on Friday at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. The match is played as one of 12 games in round 2 of the group stages at the Euro 2020. The Swedes enter the tournament as number 18 in the FIFA world rankings, while Slovakia lie in 36th-place.
Judging by the prices from the bookmakers it would be a big upset to see Slovakia lasting beyond the group stages at the Euros. They did make it out of the group at the Euro 2016 before being sent packing in the round of 16. Failing to book their place directly through the group stages, the Slovakians sealed a place at the Euros the hard way through the playoffs.
Stats and Analysis
Slovakia head into Euro 2020 hoping to keep their impressive defensive stats from their last 10 internationals going. Pavel Hapal’s side averaged a just about adequate 1.3 goals per game, with a total of 13 goals scored. In contrast they only allowed 14 goals against them for an average of 1.4 per game. Rather amazingly they only kept their opponents from scoring in 3 of the matches.
Sweden will have taken many positive vibes from opening their group campaign with a 0-0 draw away to Spain. Scoring so many goals in a group opener was never a given, but can they get off the mark here?
Stats and facts for Sweden and Slovakia.
Fun stats Sweden
- Sweden unbeaten the last 6 matches in a row;
- Sweden unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row at home;
- Sweden scored in the last 9 of 11 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Sweden’s last 3 of 5 matches.
Fun stats Slovakia
- Slovakia conceded the last 9 matches in a row when playing away;
- Slovakia conceded in the last 7 of 9 matches;
- Slovakia scored in the last 6 of 8 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Slovakia’s last 4 of 6 matches.
Swedes tough to break down.
Sweden keep brushing aside all resistance. In their 3 latest internationals, Janne Andersson’s side won 2-0 against Finland and went on to a 3-1 win over Armenia. Their latest game produced a 0-0 draw with Spain.
Slovakians enjoy steady progress.
Results have been pretty much up to scratch in recent matches for Slovakia who have performed more or less according to expectations. In their 3 latest internationals, the Falcons drew 1-1 with Bulgaria and settled for a 0-0 stalemate at Austria. Their latest game produced a 2-1 win over Poland.
Sweden v Slovakia Fixture History
When they last played an international match against each other – on 16 October 2018 – they both came away with a point in a 1-1 draw.
Sweden have won 40%, while Slovakia have won 0% of their last 5 encounters in the European Championship resulting in a total of 2-3-0.
Topscorer message for the national team. Sweden will be looking to Sebastian Larsson to find the net once again. He has scored in 2 of their last 6 matches. Slovakia will hope Milan Skriniar can find the back of the net once again. He is on 2 goals in their last 6 internationals and the away side need him to shine.