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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Sweden should show their quality with a win over Poland

Host nation face tough test

Sweden fans will be hoping for goals
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European Under-21 Championship Group A
Sky Sports 1, 7.45pm Monday

Sweden came on strong in the second half of their 0-0 draw against England and can get their campaign moving forward by beating hosts Poland in Lublin.

A defeat would be curtains for Poland, who lost 2-1 to Slovakia on Friday despite taking a first-minute lead.

They will be doing their best to bounce back but it will be tough against a powerful Swedish side who are determined to mount a strong defence of the title they won in the Czech Republic in 2015.

Sweden qualified from a tough group, finishing one point ahead of Spain and four ahead of Croatia.

They will have taken plenty of confidence from their performance against England which would have produced three points had Jordan Pickford not saved Linus Wahlqvist's chipped penalty.

There are teams with greater individual talent but Sweden are organised well and have 12 players with senior international experience.

It may be to their benefit that Poland cannot afford to sit back and keep men behind the ball. The Poles must go for the win to keep their qualification hopes alive but they were second-best against Slovakia and are unlikely to fare any better against the Swedes.

1pt 8-5 BetBright

Team news
No fresh injuries are reported.

Pa Konate (thigh) has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament and replaced by Egzon Binaku.

Key stat
Sweden are unbeaten in their last 14 competitive matches.

Sweden qualified from a tough group, finishing one point ahead of Spain and four ahead of Croatia
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