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How Sweden could line up against Slovakia

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

Sweden meet Group E rivals Slovakia on Friday, seeking to add to a point gained versus Spain, with a place in the knockout stages for the first time since 2004 potentially just 90 minutes away.

As they rarely deviate from a 4-4-2 setup, Janne Andersson's side will take a familiar shape in St Petersburg, and the experienced head coach could even name an unchanged XI.

The defence is certain to be helmed by Manchester United's Victor Lindelof - UEFA's man of the match in the opening game - while Albin Ekdal should again take his place at the heart of the Sweden engine room.

Though Mattias Svanberg has been cleared to return to action after recently testing positive for COVID-19, he is most likely to only make the bench, with Kristoffer Olsson once more set to join Ekdal in the middle.

Andersson will also have the luxury of reintroducing Dejan Kulusevski to the squad, after both the Juventus winger and Svanberg were previously left behind in Stockholm while the rest of the squad prepared for the Spain game. Now, after returning negative tests, both Serie A stars have re-entered the Sweden bubble and may feature at some stage against the Slovaks.

Up front, Real Sociedad forward Alexander Isak proved a lively presence and hit the post in Seville, so should start alongside veteran striker Marcus Berg this time out.

In support of the front pair, RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg will be given greater license to get forward from a wide position, with Kulusevski, Robin Quaison and Viktor Claesson options to be called upon as legs tire in the second half.

Sweden possible starting lineup: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Danielson, Augustinsson; S. Larsson, Ekdal, Olsson, Forsberg; Isak, Berg

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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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