Sweden will also be without one of its top players in Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski along with Bologna’s Mattias Svanberg as the duo continues to isolate. Sweden will already be without top international scorer Zlatan Ibrahimović after the AC Milan striker suffered a knee injury at the end of last season.
Spain: Luis Enrique’s team should line up in a 4-3-3, and the defense is one of the strong points. The midfield is also established with guys like Thiago and Fabian Ruiz, but the biggest question mark comes in attack. Gerard Moreno has proven his quality at the club level, but can he do it on the international stage with the likes of Ferran Torres and others? A recent 0-0 draw with Portugal saw them lack sharpness and creativity, so they’ll need a strong start to the cup to create positive vibes.
It’s not the national team of dominance from years past, but there is still a ton of quality that picks up three huge points to start thanks to Gerard Moreno. Pick: Spain 2, Sweden 1.