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Spain vs Sweden: Euro 2020 – LIVE!

After a Covid-disrupted build-up, Spain begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Sweden in Group E in Seville this evening.

Positive coronavirus tests for midfielder Sergio Busquets and defender Diego Llorente have seen Spain’s squad forced to isolate and train separately from one another up until a couple of days ago.

Spain boss Luis Enrique had already made headlines by opting to leave out talismanic captain Sergio Ramos after his injury-plagued season, neglecting to select a single Real Madrid player in his 24-man squad.

The 2008 and 2012 champions have been in something of a transitional phase, after their underwhelming showing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but are still among the tournament favourites this summer.

Sweden, meanwhile, are looking to build on their success in Russia, where they reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out by England.

You can follow all the action with Standard Sport’s live blog below…

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Spain team news: Covid disrupts build-up

Spain have endured a bit of a logistical nightmare in the run up to this game after midfielder Sergio Busquets tested positive for coronavirus.

Defender Diego Llorente also returning a positive test soon after, and the remainder of the squad were forced to isolate and train individually up until a couple of days ago.

That meant an Under-21 side had to step in and play their final warm-up game against Lithuania, while a parallel training bubble of players was formed to be ready to be called up as replacements if needed.

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Standard Sport prediction

With so much in play given the current Covid-19 situation, both sides may be happy to simply get through this game with a point on the board and without any more players lost to quarantine.

Spain in theory are favourites given the sheer talent at their disposal, but Sweden will be disciplined and could prove hard to break down.

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Spain vs Sweden predicted lineups

Spain XI: Simon; Azpilicueta, P Torres, Laporte, Alba; Thiago, Rodri, Pedri; F Torres, Morata, Oyarzabal

Sweden XI: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Danielson, Augustinsson; Claesson, Ekdal, Olsson, Forsberg; Berg, Isak

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How to watch tonight’s game

TV channel: The match will be televised on BBC One for free, with kick-off at 8pm BST.

Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online for free via the BBC iPlayer.

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Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Spain vs Sweden at Euro 2020.

We’ll bring you all the team news and build-up ahead of an 8pm kick-off…


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