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Lukas Vrablik’s Sweden v Slovakia preview: Slovakia to sit deep and rely on fast counter-attacks

| 14.06.2021

Our Matchday Squad journalist will be covering Slovakia throughout Euro 2020

It has been a successful start to the tournament for both Slovakia and Sweden. While Sweden held Spain to a draw, Slovakia managed to beat Poland 2-1. In this game, both sides have a big chance to make a decisive step into the next round.

Against Poland, Slovakia relied on a 4-6-0 system with Marek Hamsik in the number 10 role and Ondrej Duda as a false nine and it worked. Hamsik covered whole pitch and ran a magnificent 11.4 km throughout the game. He was as decisive for Slovakia as ever and led them to a victory. There is no doubt he will lead his country against Sweden too and nothing indicates the coach Stefan Tarkovic would change his game plan.

Slovakia looked a better side thanks to their strong defence, led by Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar, rated as third-best player of the European Championship’s first round by UEFA. His performance helped to keep Robert Lewandowski quiet and he is going to have a similar task with Alexander Isak.

Again, Slovakia are probably likely to sit deep and rely on fast and dangerous counter attacks. Sweden played similarly against Spain, hence a game with not many goals could be expected. Slovakia should again field a 4-6-0 formation, given that striker Ivan Schranz should again miss out due to injury.

Given that both teams started the tournament well, I expect them to be very motivated and hungry to get points again. It will be a tense game, and I predict a 1-0 victory for Slovakia or a 1-1 draw.

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Lukas Vrablik

Lukáš Vráblik is a sports, music and politics journalist from Slovakia, writing for Denník N newspaper. He writes for Guardian, BBC, FourFourTwo, Athletic, English FA match programme, Goal and the Independent.

He has interviewed Roberto Baggio, Franco Baresi, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Robin van Persie and Andriy Shevchenko. He focuses on Central and Eastern European football, connections between politics and sport, tactical analyses and interviews.