The UEFA Euro 2020 returns to the fold with another set of important group matches this weekend as Spain lock horns with Poland at the Estadio de La Cartuja on Saturday. Both teams made poor starts to their campaigns and will need to step up in this fixture.
Poland face an uphill battle to qualify for the knock-outs this year and slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Slovakia last week. The Poles have plenty of talent in their ranks and will need to be at their best against a strong opponent on Saturday.
Spain were held to a disappointing 0-0 stalemate by Sweden in their previous game and cannot afford to drop points in this fixture. Luis Enrique’s Spanish Armada lacked precision against the Swedes and have plenty of work to do ahead of this fixture.
Spain have a predictably exceptional record against Poland and have won eight out of a total of 10 matches played between the two teams. Poland have managed only one victory against Spain and will have to play out of their skins in this fixture.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in 2010 and ended in an astonishing 6-0 victory for Spain. Poland struggled to cope with La Furia Roja on the day and will need to step up to the plate in this match.
Spain will have Sergio Busquets available again for tonight’s Group E clash with Poland after returning a negative Covid-19 test.
The 32-year-old midfielder tested positive for coronavirus after leading his side into their warm-up game against Portugal on June 4, but has now been cleared to meet up with the rest of the squad before they head for Seville on Friday.
The Barcelona player, however, is unlikely to face Poland after being unable to train with the group since he first tested positive.
Here is how we predict the two sides will shape up…