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Racing Post - Euro 2020 - 2021-06-03

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Young Swedish stars capable of racking up goals

EURO 2020 SPREADWISE

By Mark Langdon

SWEDEN are missing the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic but they could still make hay at the Euros with a new-look attack and the Scandinavians’ total goals are of interest at 4.75 with Spreadex. Ibra’s absence is a blow and yet it doesn’t have to be a terminal one, particularly in a group alongside Spain, Poland and Slovakia. The beauty of this bet is it strikes right into the heart of the weaknesses of Sweden’s main two opponents – Poland are trying to be more progressive and don’t always look particularly comfortable and Spain have brought an inexperienced quartet of centre-back options by international standards. Emil Forsberg can chip in with goals, but it’s the younger generation of Alexander Isak, Dejan Kulusevski and Jordan Larsson, son of Henrik, who catch the eye. Isak got 17 La Liga goals for Sociedad and Kulusevski is a Juve livewire who found the jump up from Parma a touch tough. He got ten goals the season before and Larsson has been a revelation in Russia, scoring 15 times to help Spartak Moscow qualify for the Europa League. As long as Sweden finish in the top two of Group E they have a fair chance of reaching the quarter-finals – the same stage they exited at the last World Cup. The team dynamic has changed plenty since even the start of the season and recent results have included scoring two against Croatia and France and three against Kosovo.

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