Match Preview: Spain vs Sweden

Former European champions Spain will host Sweden to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday night.

Spain will be looking to register their fourth successive victory in Group F, as they host Sweden in the fourth round of the European Qualifiers at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

The Red Fury noted a 4-1 away win at the Faroe Islands last Friday, in a game which saw 34-year old Santi Cazorla returning to the national team for the first time since 2015.

Sweden travel to Madrid on the back of an easy 3-0 victory over Malta, as they now sit in second place with seven points out of three games in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers Group F.

Team news

Sergio Ramos who dedicated his new record of most wins in international football to his late friend Jose Antonio Reyes is expected to captain La Furia Roja on Monday, even though being subbed off against the Faroe Islands on half time.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was preferred to David de Gea in the starting line-up last Friday, but the Manchester United star can return between the sticks in the game against Sweden tomorrow night.

Robin Quaison, who scored in each of Sweden’s three qualification matches is expected to lead the visitors’ attacking force at Santiago Bernabeu.

Their manager Janne Andersson doesn’t have any fresh injury concerns ahead of Sweden’s trip to Madrid on Monday.

What did the managers say

Spain head coach Luis Enrique is not with the squad due to personal reasons, so his assistant Robert Moreno is in charge of the national team this week.

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“I just gave the talks, but that was already agreed with Luis,” he said about his responsibilities without the head coach via Marca.

“The last conversation [between the two] was an hour ago. I told him that we missed him. The behavior of the players has been spectacular.”

“We have been in contact with Luis all week as we prepared for the games. I am here for as long as I am needed, but Luis remains manager of the team.”

Janne Andersson was pleased with what he saw from his players in the 3-0 victory over Malta on Friday night.

“Well done as a whole. We have a variation in our attacking game that I am very pleased with. There is a lot that is good out there,” said Andersson via Sweden’s official website.

“When we run as much as we do and create spaces for each other, it is easy to play,” stated an equally satisfied Marcus Berg who provided the assist for Quaison’s opener, as well assisted to Viktor Claesson who doubled the lead at the start of the second half.

Stats

Spain and Sweden met each other in the group stage of the 2008 UEFA Euro, when David Villa scored a 90+3 minute winner to secure a 2-1 victory for the Red Fury.

Both sides also played in the qualifiers for the 2008 Euro, as they each recorded home victories in the campaign.

Spain’s last home defeat came in October 2018, when England noted a 3-2 victory at Estadio Benito Villamarin in Sevilla.

Sweden, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last six competitive games, noting four wins and two draws in the process.

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