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How Spain could line up against Sweden

How Spain could line up against Sweden
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Spain could line up in their Euro 2020 opener against Sweden.

Spain will be without the services of captain Sergio Busquets for Monday's Euro 2020 opener with Sweden, with the midfielder recently testing positive for coronavirus.

La Roja's preparations for this summer's competition have been difficult, with Busquets and then Diego Llorente testing positive for coronavirus, but the latter has now recorded two negative tests.

There are a number of unknowns when it comes to team selection, with relatively few of the current squad actually guaranteed positions in the first XI.

Aymeric Laporte and Pau Torres could line up as the two centre-backs, while Marcos Llorente and Jordi Alba should make up the back four despite pressure from Cesar Azpilicueta and Jose Gaya.

In midfield, Rodri could start due to Busquets's absence, while Thiago Alcantara and Koke are likely to be handed positions in the XI for Monday's Group E contest.

Gerard Moreno enjoyed an excellent 2020-21 campaign for Villarreal, meanwhile, and he is expected to feature in a wide area, with Ferran Torres also being tipped to make the starting side.

Alvaro Morata is the leading goalscorer in the squad with 19 - 11 more than anyone else - and the 28-year-old should be given the nod at centre-forward, with the likes of Adama Traore, Mikel Oyarzabal, Pablo Sarabia and Dani Olmo set to start on the bench.

Spain possible starting lineup: Simon; M Llorente, Laporte, P Torres, Alba; Thiago, Rodri, Koke; F Torres, Morata, G Moreno

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· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
· The women's 5000m final also has no Team GB representation, but two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will be looking to add an Olympic gold to her list of honours (1.40pm)

· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

· A place in the women's gold medal match is up for grabs, starting with an all-North American semi-final between United States and Canada (9am)
· Australia, who edged past Team GB's in a seven-goal quarter-final thriller, take on Sweden in the second semi-final (12pm)

· The track cycling schedule gets underway, with Team GB holding a particular interest in the team pursuit qualifying. Laura Kenny is part of the women's team (7.54am), while the men's team includes Ed Clancy (9.02am)

· The Gadirova twins Jessica and Jennifer will both take part in the women's floor final as they look to add to their team bronze (9.57am)

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· The women's hockey quarter-finals begin, with Team GB last up against Spain (1pm)

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