More and more, the 16th edition of the Euro Cup is approaching and we are also reaching the final stretch of our special on the Championship. In the fifth article of the series, we will introduce the participants who make up the Group E of the tournament, the penultimate of the first phase of the Euro. This group, which has Spain as the big favorite, also counts on Poland, Sweden, and finally, Slovakia.
The group, which will have the duel between Spain and Sweden in the first round, in addition to the confrontation between Poland and Slovakia, should have Furia as the leader. Additionally, Poles and Swedes should fight for second place, with Lewandowski’s team taking some advantage, precisely due to the presence of the star. The Slovaks, on the other hand, are trying to make a decent participation, but they know that the task will be difficult.
With a powerful attack, Spain tries for another title
Three-time champion of the Euro Cup, Spain is trying once again to win the main title of the Old Continent. The team led by Luis Enrique is going through a good phase, mainly in the offensive sector, and presents itself as one of the main candidates to raise the trophy. According to Bet365, the Spaniards are the fifth most quoted to win the tournament, with odds at 8.50.
Guaranteed in the semifinals of the current Nations League, Furia won a place in the Euro Cup after a smooth campaign in the qualifiers. The Spaniards finished first in Group F qualifying with eight wins and just two draws. The highlight is the number of goals scored by Spain, which averaged over three goals per game in the competition. For this reason, the team is the most quoted to finish the Euro with the strongest attack in the competition. The odds for that to happen are at 6.00 on Bet365.
Poland counts on the world’s best player to proceed
Second force in Group E and with great chances of advancing to the round of 16, Poland wants to go far in the Euro Cup. Therefore, the team counts, primarily, on the current world’s best player, Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich striker is one of the main reasons why Poland has odds at 1.40 to advance towards the knockout phase of the Euro Cup, on Bet365.
In addition, the soccer star appears quoted to fight for the tournament’s artillery. As the fifth among the favorites to score most goals in the Euro Cup, Lewandowski is quoted at 21.00 to be the top scorer in the championship. But the Polish national team is far from depending only on the striker. Even with the Bayern Munich player having a low participation, this team was a leader in the qualifying group for the Euro, with eight wins, one draw, and only one setback.
Without Ibrahimovic, Sweden tries to take its place in the top 16
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s long-awaited return to the Swedish national team has been postponed. The Milan star had an injury in the final stretch of the season and is confirmed as an embezzler for the Euro Cup. Without the striker, Sweden will need to rely on the pieces that were already used in other competitions, which is also not the worst news.
Present in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, Sweden qualified for the Euro Cup also without much trouble. In the same group as Spain in the qualifying phase, Sweden took second place, thanks to a campaign of six wins, three draws, and one defeat. In other words, it is not in vain that the team has odds at 1.44, according to Bet365, to advance to the tournaments’ round of 16. Even if it’s via recap, Janne Andersson’s team has good chances of advancing to the knockout.
Slovakia tries to spoil the contestants’ party
Even with well-known names, such as Hamsik and Skriniar, Slovakia doesn’t have great chances of reaching the round of 16. Despite this, the team hopes to perform decently in the tournament. Therefore the Slovaks will try to get in the way of Spain, Poland, and Sweden.
The team’s main mission is to reverse the tendency of having Slovakia as the group’s flashlight. The odds, according to Bet365, for this to happen are 1.66. However, Pavel Hapal’s team hopes to surprise and surpass at least one of the competitors. The rough path of reaching the tournament made the Slovaks lose some of their stamina, so there’s no doubt that we’ve got some resentment.