An Arsenal supporter and occasional match-goer, Liam has been involved in football journalism for a number of years and joined the Spotlight Sports Group in 2018. He is studying for a degree in German and Spanish, can speak French too and is particularly interested in the Bundesliga and La Liga.
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16: 12 – CZECH REPUBLIC TEAM NEWS
Czech Republic (4-2-3-1)
Vaclik; Coufal, Celustka, Kalas, Boril; Holes, Soucek; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick.
Czech Republic set up with what looks like the same 4-2-3-1 formation as Croatia and their only change sees Tomas Holes replace Alex Kral in midfield. Patrik Schick, who scored ‘that’ stunner at Hampden Park last time out, leads the line once again.
16:06 – CROATIA TEAM NEWS
Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Gvardiol; Modric, Kovacic; Perisic, Kramaric, Brekalo; Rebic.
As expected left-back Borna Barisic misses out through injury and Josko Gvardiol, who looked a little shaky in Croatia’s opener with England, retains his starting spot. But there is a return for Dejan Lovren, who is fit and replaces Duje Caleta-Car at the back. The other change sees zippy Wolfsburg winger Josip Brekalo replace Marcelo Brozovic.
16:00 – Thanks Alex! Hi all, I’m Liam Flin and I will be guiding you through all the latest betting updates and in-play tips for Croatia v Czech Republic at Hampden Park. Join me at 5pm for kick-off! Team news to come shortly.
15:56 – Goodbye from me
That’s all from me for today! An excellent start to the day despite that dismal first-half.
I’m going to hand over to Liam Flin now, who will take good care of you throughout Croatia vs Czech Republic. He landed an incredible 6/1 in-play tip in his last performance, so make sure to stay tuned!
15:54 – WINNING TIPS
It wasn’t the best game but the second-half came to life a bit and the end result is very pleasing for our followers:
- Sweden to win (tipped in-play at 2/1)
- Race to 7 corners – Sweden (tipped in-play at 2/1)
- Sweden to win (tipped pre-match at 17/20)
- Sweden to win 1-0 (tipped pre-match at 5/1)
95 +6 – FULL-TIME & IN-PLAY WINNER
The check was over pretty quickly but Sweden rode their luck in those closing stages. It ends 1-0, though and we have a few winners to celebrate!
95 +5 – VAR REVIEW
The goalkeeper gets up for a corner and in the aftermath there’s a VAR review for a penalty. Hearts in mouths.
90 +2 – Slovakia corner
They have a corner, this is their chance.
And it’s wasted.
88 – Slovakia pushing forward
Slovakia are having a bit of a go now but for all their effort they don’t really look like troubling Sweden. There might be one more chance in this.
82 – IN-PLAY WINNER
Sweden win a corner and our race to 7 corners tip is a winner!
77 – GOAL SWEDEN 1 – 0 SLOVAKIA (FORSBERG)
There it is! Forsberg slots it in the corner. Dubravka goes the right way but he’s got no chance.
See, Sweden? This is what can happen if you actually try to score.
75 – PENALTY TO SWEDEN
Dubravka takes Quaison out and it’s a stone wall penalty. The Slovakia keeper earns himself a yellow card for his troubles.
72 – Isak on song
Sweden’s prodigy has looked a different beast this half. He shows those good feet (for a big man) again as he dances around the Slovakia defence and forces a smart save from Dubravka. He’s 10/1 to open the scoring and he definitely looks the most likely prospect.
67 – BIG CHANCE
Alexander Isak gets up well to connect with a fine cross but his header loops onto the roof of the net. He’s come out determined to drag his team through this in this second-half.
65 – IN-PLAY TIP – SWEDEN TO WIN
Sweden are playing much better this second-half and have forced a fine save from Dubravka. They really need this win and look good value to get it.
62 – Game opening up
This is much better. Chances at both ends and Isak is finally getting some joy. The pressure is ramping up from Sweden now and I fancy them to find a breakthrough.
60 – Odds change
30 seconds after I posted that in-play Sweden won a corner and the odds have now shifted to 4/5. It’s still worth a bet, though. Just two corners to go.
59 – IN-PLAY TIP – RACE TO 7 CORNERS – SWEDEN
The teams are tied on four corners each right now but Sweden are in much greater need of a result. Expect Slovakia to get deeper and deeper as the game goes on and that bodes well for Sweden’s corner chances, if not their scoring chances.
54 – Marginal improvement
It’s still a pretty low-quality game but there are glimmers of hope for us neutrals. Sweden’s play in the final-third has a bit more zip about it but they just need to up their pressing intensity and put Slovakia under pressure on the transition. They’ve got far too much time to organise themselves.
47 – Early Sweden pressure
The manager has obviously had a word during the break. This is already much better from Sweden as they have two early cracks at goal.
46 – SECOND-HALF KICKS OFF
Grabbed myself a half-time coffee and we’re back underway in Saint-Petersburg!
14:57 – What is going on?
And now we have to listen to Jack Grealish singing Robbie Williams? This day can only get better.
14:53 – HALF-TIME TIP – UNDER 16.5 SHOTS
Sweden have now had just six shots in 135 minutes of Euro 2020 action and they showed very little intensity in that half. Slovakia – with three points to their name – are understandably content to sit back and pick their moments to get forward.
If that first-half is anything to go by, another 12 shots in the next 45 minutes is optimistic.
45 – HALF-TIME
Sweden aren’t exactly endearing themselves to the neutrals this tournament, are they?
40 – Nothing doing
I can only apologise for the lack of updates here but that’s because literally nothing is happening. Every spark of an attack is snuffed out instantly by the complete absence of quality. Does anyone actually want to win this?
31 – Did I speak too soon?
Just as I say that Slovakia launch a rare attack and get into Sweden’s box. It’s cleared and Slovakia earn a free-kick in a dangerous area but they can’t make it count.
That foul was by Olsson by the way. He’s now 8/1 to be sent off.
29 – Early promise dies out
Those encouraging early signs have come to nothing. This has been dire.
Slovakia have settled into a really negative approach and so far Sweden have lacked the quality to play through them. It can only get better, can’t it?
24 – BOOKING
I was eyeing up Olsson to get booked after two early fouls earned him a telling off from the referee. I waited too long, though. A cynical foul brings him a deserved booking.
21 – It’s getting scrappy
Okay, it’s been scrappy throughout, really. A bit of sustained pressure from the Swedes but it comes to nothing as Slovakia get men behind the ball. They end up getting a corner but Larsson’s attempt is blocked and Slovakia have a free-kick.
13 – IN-PLAY TIP – OVER 0.5 FIRST HALF GOALS
Both sides continue to put effort in to get forward and there have been plenty of first-half goals in recent games, with seven of Sweden’s last eight and four of Slovakia’s last five all featuring a goal before the break.
8 – Plenty of energy but little quality
It’s been a fairly energetic start from both sides and it looks like Slovakia won’t be sitting back and playing for the draw. A couple of half-chances already so we could be in for an entertaining afternoon if they can get their eye in and start producing a little more quality.
3 – Chance for Sweden
Sweden have started very aggressively, giving away a couple of fouls before launching an attack up the other end and testing Dubravka early on with a long-range deflected effort.. Promising signs.
14:00 – KICK-OFF
We’re underway in Saint-Petersburg!
13:55 – The teams are out
We leave the jubilant BBC studio as the teams take to the pitch. It’s anthem time and then we kick off a huge day of football.
13:47 – Start as you mean to go on
If you’re umming and ahhing about tuning into this one from the start, I’d urge you to get the TV on.
Prior to their goalless draw with Spain, Sweden had scored inside 25 minutes in each of their last four games, scoring six first half goals in this period.
Slovakia have scored in the first half in three of their last four games and their Euro 2020 opener – courtesy of Szczesny – came just 18 minutes in.
13:41 – Good touch for a big man
Alexander Isak was touted as the next big thing when he came through at Dortmund but he didn’t really kick on until he left Germany.
He’s still only 21-years-old, which may surprise a few of you, and the Sweden striker heads into the tournament having scored 17 La Liga goals last season. He’s the market leader at 15/8 to score anytime. Our preference is for Marcus Berg at 21/10, though.
13:36 – More of the same from Slovakia
The same can’t be said of Slovakia, who came away from their opener with an unexpected 2-1 win over Poland.
Their fearless play was understandably lauded in that game but you can’t deny they enjoyed their fair share of good fortune.
They had just two shots on target all game and were the beneficiaries of Szczesny’s incredible run of bad luck in major tournament openers.
More of the same from Slovakia won’t necessarily be a good thing for them, as the market shows with their 19/5 pre-match odds.
13:30 – A different side to Sweden
Sweden played with their backs to the wall against Spain and were happy to concede an incredible 85% of the ball to the favourites to earn themselves a point.
That will not happen here. They will expect to dominate against Slovakia and with Marcus Berg and Alexander Isak up front they have a really formidable striking partnership.
Expect to see a different side to Sweden this afternoon. As I’ve just mentioned, they are odds on to take all three points and that’s looking like a decent pre-match punt.
13:24 – MARKET MOVES
Very little by the way of surprise in those team announcements so it’s understandable that the market remains rather static.
Sweden are unchanged at 1.93 in the exchanges, while the draw has shortened slightly and pushed Slovakia out from 5.1 to 5.3.
13:15 – The story so far
It was shocks all around on matchday one in Group E as Sweden put in a once-in-a-lifetime rearguard display against a France side lacking a cutting edge. Earlier in the day Slovakia had capitalised on Poland’s own toothless performance, having just two shots on target but winning 2-1 right here in this very stadium.
That leaves Slovakia as the shock leaders heading into matchday two, but things are likely to get a lot more difficult from here on out.
13:08 – SLOVAKIA TEAM NEWS
Dubravka; Pekarik, Satka, Skriniar, Hubocan; Kucka, Hrosovsky; Koscelnik, Hamsik, Mak; Duda
Hromada is replaced by Hrosovsky in the centre of the part and Koscelnik comes in for Haraslin.
13:04 – SWEDEN TEAM NEWS
Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Danielson, Augustinsson; Larsson, Olsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Isak
It’s an unchanged starting lineup from Jan Andersson, although Dejan Kulusevski is back in the squad after his bout of COVID but isn’t fit enough to make the starting lineup. Expect to see the exciting young Juventus player at some point, however.
13:00 – Welcome to day seven of Euro 2020
Good afternoon everyone, I’m Alex Wrigley and I’ll be taking you through by far the biggest fixture of the day as Sweden take on Slovakia in Saint-Petersburg.
You can find all my pre-match selections on our Sweden vs Slovakia preview here if you’re looking for a flutter ahead of kick-off.
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