Spain will have home advantage at La Cartuja when they attempt to pick up a vital victory over Slovakia at Euro 2020. Back-to-back European champions in 2008 and 2012, La Furia Roja are in real danger of a humiliating group-stage exit.
Where and when: Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla – 23 June, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Slovakia vs. Spain: ITV
Last time: Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta were on target when Spain beat Slovakia 2-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier at the Estadio Carlos Tartiere in Oviedo.
Slovakia v Spain Predictions and Preview
Spain may have won the last meeting between these countries, but Slovakia won their home game 2-1 in that qualification campaign for Euro 2016. La Roja were reigning European champions at that point in time, but Luis Enrique’s side look far off that sort of status right now.
Whisper it, but the Spaniards have been pretty boring to watch so far at this summer’s European Championship. There’s been plenty of possession in their two games against Sweden and Poland, but only one goal across 180 minutes of action and little by way of exciting attacking play, resulting in two stalemates.
The Spanish players look scared to express themselves in the final third, with lots of passes going backwards when greater penetration is required. Nevertheless, Enrique has a lot of talent at his disposal, and there’s a huge amount of quality in the Spanish squad – particularly compared to their opponents here.
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Spain to win to nil
Spain to win 2-0
Morata to score first
Slovakia come into this game a point ahead of La Roja, following their opening victory over Poland and 1-0 defeat against Sweden. A draw should be enough for the Falcons to reach the knockout rounds, with the onus on the Spaniards to produce a winning performance.
La Roja are the heavy favourites to do just that, priced at 4/17 in these Slovakia v Spain predictions. Stefan Tarkovic has a real job on his hands to get his Slovakian team into the last 16, with the Falcons priced at 18/1 to do so by producing a shock win. A third straight draw for Spain here is 28/5.
One to watch for Slovakia: At 33, Falcons captain Marek Hamsik isn’t the force he once was. He is, however, Slovakia’s record appearance maker and goalscorer with 26 strikes from 128 caps. Hamsik is available at 9/1 to add to his tally in the anytime scorer market.
One to watch for Spain: Alvaro Morata justified his manager’s faith by opening the scoring for the Spanish against Poland on Saturday. The Juventus striker is 11/4 to repeat the trick by breaking the deadlock in these Slovakia v Spain tips.
Long shot: Spanish supporters are hoping their team clicks into gear. If La Roja can turn their possession into chances and finally start converting more of them, they could run away with this game. Spain have beaten Slovakia 5-1 and 4-1 over the years, with a 4-0 Spanish victory here priced at 11/1. With Morata scoring first, those odds rise to 47/1.