Euro 2020 Group E might not have the most eye-catching fixtures, although there are some players to watch this summer.
Spain, Sweden, Poland and Slovakia contest Group E for a chance to play in the knockout rounds of Euro 2020.
Spain will be favourites, but only just. Poland and Sweden are roughly equally matched, while Slovakia are the outsiders.
Spain’s preparation has been turned upside down by a Covid-19 outbreak. The Spanish players are currently doing individual training.
The days of Ramos, Xavi, Iniesta, Torres, Silva, Villa, Fabregas etc are gone for Spain. They are now 15/2 outsiders to win the tournament. The country that dominated football for a decade is unrecognisable. Pau Torres could well be their center back for years to come, but it’s too soon for him. It’s probably too late for center forward Gerard Moreno to be a world class center forward. Considering their Covid issues, this will be an underwhelming tournament for Spain.
At 66/1, Poland has one lethal weapon and what a weapon. Robert Lewandowski would probably have won the Ballon D’or last year if it had gone ahead. The striker has been producing insane amounts of goals for Bayern Munich for the past five years. However, Poland are quite slow and defensive, and will struggle to get the ball to him.
Sweden were set to welcome Zlatan Ibrahimovic back for the tournament, but injury put an end to that. The 90/1 prospects are capable of reaching the knockout stages of tournaments, but normally fall short. Expect the same from them this year. In the absence of Ibrahimovic, 21 year old Juventus striker Dejan Kulusevski could emerge.
Slovakia could be the whipping boys of this group. However, they do have Inter Milan center back Milan Skriniar at the heart of their defense. He is one of the best center backs in Europe and has just won the Serie A under Antonio Conte. However, Slovakia join North Macedonia, Hungary and Finland as 500/1 minnows.