UEFA EURO 2020 Group E: Futures, Odds, Predictions, Picks & Preview
ODDS TO WIN GROUP E
Spain -320 – Opening Game vs. Sweden | June 14 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Poland +600 – Opening Game vs. Slovakia | June 14 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Sweden +650 – Opening Game vs. Spain | June 14 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Slovakia +2300 – Opening Game vs. Poland | June 14 – 3:00 p.m. ET
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UEFA EURO 2020 Group E Analysis and Picks
After winning the tournament back to back in 2008 and 2012, Spain has been a study in inconsistency. After dismantling Germany 6-0 in the Nations League, they drew 1-1 against Greece in the world cup qualifying. This team is so blessed with talent that even an available Sergio Ramos has been left off the roster, favoring younger, more unproven Spanish talent.
Barcelona’s Jordi Alba, Liverpools creative magician Thiago, and the muscle-bound footwork of Wolves star Adama Traore promise to continue the Spanish tradition of free-flowing football. Manager Luis Enrique has experimented heavily with this side at almost every position, and why not? The truth is that Spain has enough talent to field at least two contenders, so all eyes are on the manager in finding the right combinations of players to satisfy rightfully ambitious Spanish aspirations.
Poland comes into the tournament in somewhat of a transition period, having appointed Portuguese manager Paulo Sousa this past January. The Polish FA is looking to create a more attacking brand of football. This will be music to the ears of Bayern Minich’s Robert Lewandowski. Breaking the Bundesliga scoring record, Lewandowski converted an astonishing 41 times this season and is the ultimate penalty area predator. Juventus stopper Wojciech Szczesny may be asked to stop considerably more shots than he is accustomed to facing in his robust Italian side. The task of providing Lewandowski the kind of support he sees at Bayern will be a heavy burden for the likes of Mateusz Klich of Leeds and Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski.
When asked what type of football the Swedes should employ in the 2018 World Cup, the ever outspoken Zlatan Ibrimovic famously replied, “Swedish style? No. Yugoslavian style? Of course not. It has to be Zlatan style.” This time around, Sweden will need production from someone other than Zlatan as the 39-year-old legend remains sidelined with a knee injury. Juventus midfielder Dejan Kulusevski has had a successful season in Serie A, making 47 appearances for Vecchia Signora, the “old lady” of Italian football.
A notable accomplishment indeed for a Swedish import. Perhaps not since Zlatan struck terror into Serie A backlines for AC Milan has there been as much talk of a young Swedish player. Is it time for Sweden to embrace the post Imbrihimovic era? Considering Zlatan made his professional debut before Kulusevski was even born, the odds are that this is indeed the case.
Playing games in Russia and Spain as visitors places the Swedes in a rather unenviable position. After all, as Zlatan once said, “an injured Zlatan is a serious thing for any team.”
Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka may be one of the tournament’s busiest participants as he comes into the Euros. The magpie is backstopping a team with only a handful of players that play in top-flight leagues in Europe. However, one of them is the highly touted Milan Skrinar, who played a crucial role in Inter’s Italian triumph. Assets are limited for this Slovakia (+1200) side, but a few winnable fixtures could see the Slovaks upset some carts this summer.
The Pick: Spain -320: The Spanish embarrassment of riches and playing at home in the subtropical heat of Seville will be enough to take them to the knockout stage