What an opportunity awaits Sweden and Poland in Group E of Euro 2021.
It would be fair to say that the Spanish haven’t been a major force for a while in international football – you only have to look at their efforts at the World Cup for confirmation of that.
Both of these sides will be expecting to defeat any of the play-off contender too, and so this meeting between the Swedes and the Poles – scheduled to take place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin – will be crucial in determining who progresses to the knockout phase of Euro 2020.
Who knows….maybe even both will have a shot at reaching the bracket stage, and at this point finishing top of the group should lead to an easier game first up.
So who will take the points here? In this column of Sweden vs Poland predictions, we will aim to make a case for both teams, while offering some betting tips that will hopefully yield a nice profit!
1. Sweden vs Poland Betting Odds
On paper this looks a really close game to call, and that feeling has been highlighted by the closeness of the Poland vs Sweden betting odds.
In their pricing, the bookmakers will not show a clear favourite, so we expect that the betting odds will be even.
2. Sweden vs Poland Preview
Based upon their efforts at the World Cup in Russia, you would have to just about give Sweden the edge here.
They topped a competitive Group F that also included Germany, Mexico and South Korea, and that was an effort based largely on an excellent defensive show – they conceded just two goals in those three games.
And then, in the last 16, they enjoyed another narrow victory – this time 1-0 over Switzerland. They lost to England in the quarter finals, but the Swedes set their stall out to be very difficult to beat, and they lived up to the billing.
Poland will have been incredibly disappointed to finish bottom of Group H, which contained Colombia, Senegal and Japan. They lost two of those outings despite being fancied to finish in the all-important top two.
Sweden took more momentum into Euro 2021 qualification then, and they made that count with a decent enough showing in which they finished second to….Spain! But the Swedes only lost once and conceded at a rate of less than one per game, which once again shows how difficult they were to beat.
As for Poland, they enjoyed the perks of being drawn in a straightforward qualification group, but you can only beat what is in front of you and they did exactly that, triumphing in eight of the ten games they played.
The Poles only conceded five goals in their ten games, and only four teams conceded fewer in the whole of the qualification system. So what we have here are two teams that are clearly well-organised and diligent in their defensive work, and so anybody hoping for a Poland vs Sweden preview that expects lots of goals and exciting action will be sadly disappointed.
This will be more like a game of chess on grass, but who will get the all-important winning goal?
3. Sweden vs Poland Betting Tips
So far, we have created a profile of this game that suggests it will be a tight and risk-free encounter, where the emphasis is on defending and protecting their own goal.
And so this game may come down to taking the solitary chance that comes your way – handy for Poland, who in Robert Lewandowski possess one of the most lethal frontmen in world football.
As we look to put our Sweden vs Poland betting tips together, we should emphasise that we foresee this being a closely fought game where clear-cut opportunities are kept to an absolute premium.
But in Lewandowski, Poland have a player who – while yet to make his mark in major international football – is as capable as anybody of putting the ball in the back of the net.That could be pivotal here, and that’s why we’re predicting a Poland victory here. When you qualifiy for a tournament like Euro 2021 you can be sure of one thing: there will not be any easy opponents and you play against the best. - Zbigniew Boniek (head of the Polish Football Association) for Łączy Nas Piłka
4. Sweden vs Poland Live Stream
There is such a huge demand for live streaming at Euro 2021, and we hope that the best bookmakers take this on board.
The live streaming channels of betting sites are getting better all the time, with big competitions being added to their schedule all the time – let’s hope that Euro 2021 is on the list.
That way, you can enjoy a Poland vs Sweden live stream from the comfort of your own home, on desktop, smartphone and tablets.