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Euro 2020: Slovakia vs Spain Preview

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Euro 2020: Slovakia vs Spain Preview

Anything but a loss will see Slovakia progress through to the last 16, as they face Spain tonight in Seville at 5pm on ITV. As for Spain, they will reach the knockout phase with a win, but could also with a draw, if Poland fail to beat Sweden.

Busquets is expected to return to the side after returning a positive Covid-19 test, which saw him miss the draws against Sweden and Poland.

Chelsea and Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta has described this match as “an all-or-nothing game”. His side has only managed 2 points from their first two games so far this tournament, scoring only one goal.

 

Slovakia predicted XI: Dubravka; Pekarik, Skriniar, Satka, Hubocan; Kucka, Hromada; Haraslin, Hamsik, Mak; Duda

Spain predicted XI: Simon; Llorente, P.Torres, Laporte, Alba; Busquets, Koke, Pedri; Moreno, Morata, Olmo

 

Match Facts

Head-to-head

  • Spain have won four out of their last six meetings with Slovakia. This will be the first time the 2 nations have met at a major tournament.
  • The last three times Spain have faced Slovakia on home soil, the Spaniards have scored 11 goals and only conceded 2.

 

Slovakia

  • In their 1-0 defeat to Sweden, out of the 10 shots Slovakia had on goal, none of them were on target.
  • Slovakia are unbeaten in their final group match at both of their last major tournaments. Winning 3-2 against Italy at the 2010 World Cup, and drawing 0-0 with England at Euro 2016.

 

Spain

  • If Spain draw their final group match, they will only be the second side to have done so in European Championship history. The other nation to have done so is Portugal in 2016, who went onto win the tournament.
  • Spain have missed five out of their past eight penalties taken in the European Championship finals. It is a run going back to the 1984 tournament.

 

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Olly is currently doing a degree in sports journalism at Leeds Trinity University. He is an Ipswich Town fan and enjoys playing football and tennis in his spare time. His aspiration is to one day become a leading sports journalist within the online journalism sector.

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