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How Slovakia could line up against Sweden

How Slovakia could line up against Sweden
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Slovakia could line up for Wednesday's Euro 2020 clash with Sweden.

After a surprise opening victory against Poland put Slovakia within touching distance of the last 16, a repeat against Sweden would certainly seal progress on Friday.

To undertake that task, head coach Stefan Tarkovic should have an almost fully fit squad to select from, including veteran skipper Marek Hamsik - set to earn his 128th international cap - and impressive Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar, who kept Robert Lewandowski quiet last time out before firing in the winning goal.

Only defender Denis Vavro - as well as one staff member - is definitely ruled out, as he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and must therefore self-isolate to avoid spreading infection.

The Falcons return to St Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium as Group E leaders, so will be under no significant pressure to take the game to the Swedes, and may therefore retain a 'false nine' to add flexibility and depth to midfield.

In the absence of a conventional centre-forward, then, former Norwich City forward Ondrej Duda will most probably start as the man closest to goal, as Slavia Prague forward Ivan Schranz - a starter in the pre-tournament friendlies - could be set to be miss out again after struggling to recover from a thigh injury sustained earlier this month.

Having been to the fore in Slovakia's counter-attacking efforts versus Poland, wide men Robert Mak and Lukas Haraslin are poised to start in support of Duda once more.

Meanwhile, on the bench, young Feyenoord frontman Robert Bozenik may be introduced later on if goals are required, while 19-year-old midfielder Tomas Suslov - also based in the Eredivisie, with Groningen - will hope for another chance to impress.

Midfielders Laszlo Benes, of Borussia Monchengladbach, and Stanislav Lobotka - rarely used by Napoli last term - remained on the sidelines on Monday, but could contend for minutes in this second outing of an intensely-paced tournament.

Slovakia possible starting lineup: Dubravka; Pekarik, Satka, Skriniar, Hubocan; Kucka, Benes; Haraslin, Hamsik, Mak; Duda

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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