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Sweden v Slovakia betting tips: Swedes must be more positive

| 16.06.2021
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Sweden held Spain to a draw in their opening match at Euro 2020 but will need to show more attacking intent when they face Slovakia in Saint Petersburg.

Slovakia start the second round of matches top of the group after a 2-1 victory against Poland which has given them a great chance of qualifying for the last 16.

Friday’s match is live on BBC One and kicks off at 2pm as we highlight a few potential Sweden v Slovakia betting tips.

Sweden v Slovakia match odds

Both teams will be eyeing a place in the knockout stage after an encouraging result in their opening match.

Sweden were 15/2 underdogs heading into their Seville showdown with Spain but held out for a goalless draw thanks to Alvaro Morata wasting two great chances for the hosts.

The Swedes were on the back foot for most of the match but could have snatched victory, with Marcus Berg wasting their best opportunity when he shot high and wide from close range with the goal at his mercy.

Alexander Isak could easily have seen his deflected effort ricochet into the goal rather than off the post and straight into Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon’s arms.

There is more pressure on Sweden to attack in this game given they are 5/6 favourites for the win, with the draw 12/5 and Slovakia priced at 4/1.

Slovakia will not be concerned by those odds, though, having already caused an upset in beating Poland 2-1 at this same venue to extend their unbeaten run to six matches and they have been cut to 9/2 in the Group E winner odds.

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar struck a superb winner after 69 minutes soon after Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak had been sent off for a second bookable offence.

Prior to that dismissal, Poland had been in the ascendancy after Karol Linetty cancelled out a first-half Slovakia strike that was credited as a Wojciech Szczesny own goal.

Avoiding defeat here would put Slovakia well on course to qualify and they are evens to pick up at least a point.

Marek Hamsik, Slovakia

Sweden v Slovakia head-to-head

Recent history suggests this could be a cagey contest with three of their previous five meetings – including the last two – being drawn.

The last encounter was a friendly in October 2018 when John Guidetti gave Sweden the lead early in the second half but Albert Rusnak’s late equaliser ensured a 1-1 draw in Solna.

That was the first match in charge for Slovakia coach Stefan Tarkovic, who was caretaker manager at the time, while the goal was the only one that Slovakia have managed in the five meetings.

Previous XI

Sweden vs Slovakia - Football tactics and formations
Sweden: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Augustinsson, Danielsson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Olsson, Berg, Isak.

Slovakia: Dubravka, Pekarik, Satka, Skriniar, Hubocan, Duda, Hamsik, Haraslin, Kucka, Mak, Hromada.

Team news

Slovakia defender Denis Vavro is unavailable after testing positive for Covid-19. The 25-year-old, who is asymptomatic, is now self-isolating. A member of the coaching staff also tested positive.

Key battles

Slovakia’s defence has already kept Robert Lewandowski quiet so will be confident of doing the same against a Sweden team which showed little attacking intent against Spain.

Skriniar was already one of Slovakia’s best performers in defence before popping up at the other end to score the winning goal.

Sweden only managed 174 passes to Spain’s 954 but Isak looked a threat and is 7/2 to open the scoring while 21/10 is on offer for the Real Sociedad man to have at least two shots on target in a Sweden win.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.