Slovakia vs. Spain
June 23, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -150, Under 2.5 +120
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Spain is welcoming Slovakia to Estadio de la Cartuja in round 3 of Group E in the Euro Cup 2021. Slovakia is in 2nd place right now, but with a loss here, they are in danger of losing everything. Spain has been struggling, especially in the attacking end, and the only thing that will get them through the group stage is a win in this game.
In their first game against Poland, Slovakia has shown us some solid soccer, but that was nowhere to be seen against Sweden in round 2. Slovakia has had 58% of ball possession in that match, 0 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and a solid 88% of the correct passes. Considering how good is Sweden’s defense, Slovakia needed much better soccer in the attacking end. In the 77th minute, Slovakia has conceded a goal from the penalty spot, and they ended up losing this match 1-0. Skrinar is the only goalscorer for Slovakia at the moment with 1 goal. Hamsik has added 1 assist. There might be a chance for Slovakia to advance with only 3 points, but they will need help from some other games, and I don’t think they should count on that.
Spain might be undefeated in their last 9 games, but they have 6 draws during that streak, including 2 draws in this tournament. The first game against Sweden was a solid one for Spain, but they couldn’t score a goal and it ended in a 0-0 draw. In round 2, Spain was playing against Poland, and they were once again the dominant team with an impressive 76% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, 5 big chances created, and 88% of the correct passes. After getting ahead in the 25th minute, Spain conceded a goal in the 54th minute. In the 58th minute, Spain was awarded a penalty kick, but Moreno has missed. Despite dominating this game, Spain wasn’t able to score again, and this game has ended in a 1-1 draw. Morata has scored 1 goal for Spain, while Moreno added 1 assist. Spain is now in 3rd place with only 2 points, and the only scenario where Spain is advancing is if they win this game. I expect a few changes in the starting lineup, and another dominant game from Spain, and possibly a win.
Spain is the favorite here, a big one, but Slovakia is not a bad team. I think Spain will come out and try to score a goal as soon as possible because the longer Slovakia defends, the harder it will be for Spain. I’m taking Spain to win this one and to finally get a nice performance in the attacking end.