To kick off at this coming Friday is the match between Sweden and Slovakia at Saint Petersburg Stadium in Russia for a match in the 2nd round of the Euro group stages. Sweden head to the Euro 2020 as 18th in the FIFA world ranking. Meanwhile, there is a pretty big gap to their opponent as Slovakia go into the competition ranked number 36.
They won enough matches in qualifying to top some groups, however Sweden
Failing to book their place directly through the group stages, Slovakia sealed a place at the Euro's the hard way through play off's. Judging by the prices from the bookmakers beforehhand, Slovakia were not expected to last beyond the group stages at the Euro 2020. Beating Poland have turned the group somewhat upside down.
Sweden vs Slovakia stats and analysis
Sweden commenced their Euro 2020 campaign with excellent stats in their previous 10 internationals. Sweden hammered 2.3 goals on average per game, scoring 23 times during this run. They were equally profilic in defence conceding a total of 9 goals, an average of 0.9 per game.They pulled off a clean sheet in 5 of those matches.
Slovakia headed into Euro 2020 hoping to keep their impressive defensive stats from their last 10 internationals going. Slovakia averaged a just about adequate 1.3 goals per game, with a total of 13 goals scored. In contrast they only allowed 14 against for an average of 1.4 per game. Rather amazingly they only kept their opponents from scoring in 3 of the matches.
Despite not winning Sweden
Slovakia pulled off a solid and some what unexpected 2-1 win in their first outing at the Euro 2020. They were tipped to struggle already in the group stage but now have their eyes fixed on the next round.
Stats and facts for Sweden and Slovakia.
- 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.
- 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.
Lineup Sweden vs Slovakia
Form Sweden vs Slovakia
Sweden once again proved they are a tough nut to crack against Spain. In their previous 3 matches, Sweden claimed a 2-0 win against Finland, before winning 3-1 win against Armenia. Their most recent game came against Spain and served up a surprising 0-0 draw.
Slovakia hope to boost points tally.
Results have been pretty much up to scratch in recent matches for Slovakia who have performed more or less according to expectations. In their previous 3 matches, Slovakia claimed a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria, before serving up a 0-0 draw against Austria. They opened the Euro 2020 by beating Poland 2-1.
Sweden v Slovakia Fixture History
The pair of them last met in a contest on 16 October 2018 when both were able to withdrew with a point in a 1-1 draw. Sweden hold a 2-3-0 record against Slovakia from their most previous encounters, friendlies or otherwise, before facing each other this time.
Full Time Betting
According to the bookies Sweden are favorites to win. The best price you will find on a home win is 1.80 as bookies predict Sweden to have a 56% chance of beating Slovakia. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 3.25 on offer, while an away win for Slovakia pays out at 5.00.
Managing 2 goals in his previous 6 internationals for Sweden makes Sebastian Larsson a player every opponent will have marked as one to keep an eye on. It is hard to look past Milan Skriniar when searching for a goalscorer for Slovakia. Scoring 3 in half a dozen matches is a decent output.