With a summer of football fast approaching, LWOF provides some Euro 2020 Group E predictions.
This is the fifth in a series of articles that will predict the outcome of all UEFA Euro 2020 groups. Group E consists of Sweden, Poland, Slovakia and hosts Spain.
Euro 2020 Group E Predictions
Spain Group E Favourites
Despite their shaky start to World Cup qualifying where they dropped points against Greece and scraped past Georgia, Spain is the big favourite to win this group.
On top of winning their Nations League group and having the group’s strongest squad, La Roja also has home advantage in all group matches. La Cartuja in Seville will be at 30 percent capacity, boasting 18,000 spectators (mostly Spaniards). That should provide ample support to boost the players.
While finishing in first isn’t a guarantee, it’s certainly the most likely outcome for Spain.
Slovakia’s Chances Slim
Slovakia will likely finish in last place, just as they did in their Nations League B group. Also, their start to World Cup qualifying has been dreadful despite a 2-1 win against Russia. They drew with Malta after being 2-0 down and failed to break down Cyprus. Slovakia does have a couple of good players, but that won’t be enough to take them past the group stage of the Euros.
Sweden and Poland Indistinguishable
Poland obtained four more points than Sweden in the Nations League, but that could be attributed to the White and Reds group being a bit easier. Robert Lewandowski is arguably the best striker in the world, but that doesn’t assure success in a team sport.
Poland flopped at the 2018 World Cup despite people having reasonably high hopes of them.
The opposite was true for Sweden, who reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 1994. None of these factors might matter at the Euros, but the point is that there are fair cases for both Sweden and Poland to finish as runner-ups of this group.
Additionally, their starts to World Cup qualifying are too even for any conclusions to be reached, reflected in their Elo ratings.
To read our predictions for other groups, click below.