La Roja had been expected to breeze through a group full of tenacity but relatively low on quality, but Luis Enrique’s men now face a real fight to even make it into the last-16 after drawing their opening two games against Sweden and Poland.
The saving grace for Spain is that they know victory on Wednesday in Seville will take them through to the knockouts. A draw would see them finish third, but that result coupled with a Poland win over Sweden would mean an early exit.
As for Slovakia, they would reach the last-16 if they win, or a draw would do coupled with Sweden not losing.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Slovakia vs Spain is scheduled for a 5pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
The match will be held at Estadio La Cartuja in Seville.
Where to watch Slovakia vs Spain
TV channel: The match will be televised on ITV for free.
Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the ITV Hub.
Slovakia vs Spain team news
Cesar Azpilicueta has not played so far, but there is clamour in Spanish media for him to return to provide leadership and allow Marcos Llorente, who has been playing at right-back, to resume his usual attacking role.
Captain and midfielder Sergio Busquets was sorely missed in Spain’s first two games due to testing positive for Covid-19, but is set to return here.
Slovakia vs Spain starting lineups
Slovakia XI: Dúbravka; Pekarík, Satka, Skriniar, Hubocan; Kucka, Hromada; Haraslín, Hamsík, Mak; Duda.
Spain starting XI: Simon, Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Alba, Busquets, Pedri, Koke, Sarabia, Moreno, Morata
Dubravka, Duda, Hubocan, Weiss (Slovakia) and Pau Torres, Rodri (Spain) will miss the next game if they are booked here.
Slovakia vs Spain prediction
The pressure is on Spain to deliver, but they must find their shooting boots in Seville. With so much at stake, they should get the victory needed on home soil - but don’t expect an easy ride.
Slovakia 0-1 Spain
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Spain wins: 4
Slovakia wins: 1
Betting odds and tips
Slovakia to win: 29/2
Spain to win: 1/5
Alvaro Morata to score first: 14/5
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