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UEFA Euro 2020 Group E preview: Actual Madrid-less Spain, no Zlatan for Sweden and Lewandowski’s Poland

Some of the embellished nations in European Championships historical past, a nation with out their talismanic striker and one other pinning their hopes on their golden goal-getter whereas the most important outsiders had their key man again in Europe to organize for this summer season: Group E is one for the nostalgic.

Right here is all the things you should know:

Fixtures and the way to watch

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Monday, June 14
Poland vs. Slovakia (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN/Univision)
Spain vs. Sweden (La Cartuja, Seville, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN/Univision)

Friday, June 18
Sweden vs. Slovakia (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN/Univision)

Saturday, June 19
Spain vs. Poland (La Cartuja, Seville, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN/Univision)

Wednesday, June 23
Slovakia vs. Spain (La Cartuja, Seville, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN/Univision)
Sweden vs. Poland (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN/Univision)

Group favorites

Joint-record three-time winners with Germany, Spain are the favorites in Group E forward of Sweden, Poland, and Slovakia. Nevertheless, Luis Enrique’s Roja are present process a rejuvenation and are due to this fact not among the many sizzling favorites for the title. With no Actual Madrid gamers within the squad, this isn’t the Spanish aspect of previous and it’d take some time earlier than they’re again difficult for title No. 4. That mentioned, they do profit from being based mostly on dwelling soil for the whole lot of the group stage.

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Within the combine

Sweden and Poland are related in that each have an ageing talisman in assault, however whereas Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic was dominated out just a few weeks in the past and had solely simply returned to the worldwide setup after popping out of retirement, Robert Lewandowski is accessible and key for the Poles. The Scandinavians are extra of a staff with out Ibrahimovic, however they lack the star high quality of a Lewandowski whereas Poland have that means however would arguably love the type of solidity Sweden get pleasure from.

One to look at

The assembly between Spain and Poland in Seville may very well be key for each side as Spain begin with a troublesome conflict with Sweden and Poland will fancy their possibilities in opposition to Slovakia in Saint Petersburg: Group E ought to take form after the second spherical of video games.

Star gamers

Spain: As some of the skilled gamers within the squad, Thiago Alcantara will likely be anticipated to step up and encourage his teammates to victory whereas David De Gea, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jordi Alba are the opposite skilled heads.

Sweden: With Ibrahimovic out and loads of older heads, Emil Forsberg will likely be regarded to for inspiration whereas Marcus Berg is probably the most prolific aim rating. Nevertheless, there are some very vibrant younger Swedish abilities rising, together with Henrik Larsson’s son Jordan of Spartak Moscow.

Poland: Look no additional that Lewandowski — Bayern’s serial scorer will likely be key to any hopes that the Polish have of getting out of the group.

Slovakia: Marek Hamsik is perhaps getting older, however he stays key for his nation and can full a transfer to Trabzonspor in Turkey after a short spell in Sweden to organize for this.

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