Euro 2021 second round of the group stage continues today with a mouthwatering clash between Spain and Poland at the La Cartuja Stadium in Sevilla.
Spain is looking to bounce back from their disappointing draw againstSweden
at the first round by taking a much vital three points against Poland. Lewandowsky and cos. were also disappointing in the first game as they suffered a surprise defeat against Slovakia. They will fancy their chances for upsetting the Matadors and take a huge step toward qualification to the knock-out stage. Surprisingly, the last time the two teams met competitively was way back in 1959.
Spain's has continued the loss of form they have been suffering from since their amazing 6-1 win against Germany back in October 2020. They qualified for Euro 2020 easily, topping their group ahead of Poland, Norway and Romania, with 26 points from 10 games. However, they have not been at their best in recent months and are on a run of 3 wins and 3 draws in their last six games.
Spain's captain,Sergio Bouquets
is back in the squad after he tested negative for Covid-19.Because of his positive test two weeks ago, the whole team went into a quarantine and could not train properly, a fact that may have had an effect on their poor form in the game against Sweden.
It’s the same story with Poland as they have qualified easily for the tournament, but have been below par in recent months, having suffered two defeats and three draws in their last six games, including the one against Slovakia in their first game.
Spain have struggled in the final third in recent games and their main striker, Alvaro Morata have faced extreme criticism from La Roja fans. Luis Enrique defended the Juventus striker in the pre-match press conference. So all eyes will be on Morata to see if he can start his account in the 2021 Euro and get back his confidence.
The 18-years old Barcelona midfielder, Pedri Gonzalez played over 50 games forBarcelona
last season and was a starter for Spain in their first game. His fairly take start to professional football continues as he is expected to be in the line-up against Poland. Manchester City's Ferran Torres is another player who will be eager to continue his fine form from club football and help his country to a much needed win.
Like Luis Enrique, Spain's forward, Pablo Sarabia defended his team mate, Alvaro Morata in the press conference before the game.
We all defend, we all attack. Morata's attacking work is to be admired. He's a cracker of a player. The stats show it: the caps, the goals.
qualified for the tournament after finishing first in their group with 25 points from 10 games. However, they have not been in a good form lately and suffered a surprising defeat against Slovakia in their first game.
Bayern Munich's super striker, Robert Lewandowsky has had the best spell of his career in the past two years, having won the sextuple and breaking Gerd Muller's long-lasting record of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season.
Despite all of his qualities, Lewandowsky could not guide his team into a wining start and failed to score against Slovakia. He will be hoping to score his first goal of Euro 2021 against Spain, but he will have a much harder task than what he had against Slovakia. Lewandowsky is considered one of the favorites for the 2021 Ballon d'Or and Poland's poor performances in this competition can seriously hamper his chances for the prestigious award.
Poland's coach, Paolo Souza said in the pre-match press conference that he is optimistic of his team's chances for a win against Spain.
We are in a difficult situation, but sometimes great things are forged in adversity. Our task will be to minimize their possession as much as possible. But as I said, we have quality in our team and will do the best to show it against Spain.
Spain's last defeat was a 1-0 loss against Ukraine back in October 2020 at UEFA Nations League, while their best result of the past year was their incredible 6-1 win againstGermany
in December 2020, but since then they have lost some of their magic and have gone on a run of 3 wins and 3 draws in their last six games.
Spain possible starting lineup:
Simon, Azpilicueta, Laporte, Pau Torres, Alba, Llorente, Busquets/Rodri, Pedri, Gerard Moreno, Morata and Dani Olmo
The Red and Whites have been on a very bad form lately. They have won only one of their last eight games, including underwhelming draws with Russia and Iceland in their two pre-tournament friendlies.
Poland possible starting lineup:
Szczęsny; Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek; Jozwiak, Moder, Linetty, Rybus; Klich, Zielinski;Lewandowski
The two teams have played 10 times against each other across all competitions, with Spain winning 8 of them to Poland's 1 win. Their first two encounters were both in the 1959 European Championships, where Poland lost both of the games. Their last game against each other, a friendly in 2010 which Spain won 6-0. Poland's only win against Spain in their history was registered in another friendly in 1980, And by two goals to one.
Spain and Poland will desperately want to win this game, which makes it a very tense match. A draw this time would do them little good as they are in a very tricky group and are expected to battle outSlovakia
and Sweden for qualification. Spain are favorites to win the game. They have not lost at home in the past three years. Our guess in a narrow win for Spain.
The famous Italian referee, Daniele Orsato will be the referee for the game. His countrymen, Alessandro Giallatini and Fabiano Preti will be his assistants. Another Italian referee, Massimiliano Irrati is appointed as the Video Assistant Referee while Stephanie Frappart of France will be the fourth referee of the game.
Friday, June 19
Kick off Time:
3 p.m. ET
La Cartuja Stadium, Sevilla
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Spain -286; Draw +380; Poland +850 (via William Hill Sportsbook)