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Sweden vs Slovakia: Solid Swedes are percentage pick

Kick-off: 1400, 18/06/2021

Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium

TV: BBC One

Sweden rode their luck at times when drawing with Spain but are still fancied to build on that gutsy effort by beating Slovakia in Saint Petersburg.

The Falcons kicked off their Euro 2020 Group E campaign by upsetting 10-man Poland but are rated inferior to their next opponents on overall form.

Punters can get 5/6 for the Scandinavians to prevail and that is our first Sweden vs Slovakia prediction.

A Look At Sweden’s Betting Odds

Sweden had just 15 per cent of the possession versus Spain and were grateful for Everton keeper Robin Olsen and some wasteful finishing from La Roja.

Janne Andersson’s side did have two great chances to break the deadlock themselves, though.

Alexander Isak’s shot deflected off a defender and onto the post while the Real Sociedad striker teed up Marcus Berg to miss a sitter at the back post.

Head coach Andersson commented: “Marcus Berg probably had the most dangerous chance of the match.

“But overall, I cannot be anything other than satisfied because we played really well and we are developing good tactical flexibility.

“I think we could certainly have lost the game but we could also have won the game. We had some chances.

“Away from home in Spain, I think they put in a fantastic performance. Spain are brutal with the ball.”

Sweden had previously rattled off five consecutive clean-sheet victories and 33/20 they win to nil here stands out from the Sweden vs Slovakia odds.

A Look At Slovakia’s Betting Odds

Slovakia played in a positive manner versus Poland, with Ondrej Duda going close before Robert Mak’s shot took a slight deflection, hit the post and then bounced in off Wojciech Szczesny.

Poland equalised when Karol Linetty finished off a fine move just after half-time but were rocked by Grzegorz Krychowiak’s dismissal on 62 minutes.

The Falcons took full advantage when Milan Skriniar controlled well in the box and fired a low shot into the net.

Head coach Stefan Tarkovic said: “We managed to neutralise the attack of Poland and keep [Robert] Lewandowski quiet. We were able to keep him out of the match.

“The first half was great. I’m sorry we were asleep for a while at the start of the second half but I’m really happy we got back into the game and managed to score again.

“We are a small country and I am very happy we have managed to achieve such a result against such a big and important country.

“This result means a lot but it doesn’t mean we have already advanced.”

However, Slovakia will face a different kind of physical threat from Isak, who looked a real handful when named La Liga young player of the year last term.

Let’s add 14/1 for the 21-year-old to score in a 1-0 win to our Sweden vs Slovakia betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

Spain 0-0 SWEDEN

Poland 1-2 SLOVAKIA – Szczesny (og), Skriniar

Head-to-head: Sweden 1-1 Slovakia, Sweden 6-0 Slovakia, Slovakia 0-0 Sweden

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