Switzerland pulled of a major upset when they shocked world champions France in the last 16 and now face another tough tie against Spain. The Spanish head into this quarter-final tie as the favourites to progress, but still have to be wary of the Swiss despite scoring 10 goals in their last two games.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Gazprom Arena
Switzerland caused the biggest upset of the summer competition when they knocked pre-tournament favourites France out in the last round on penalties. Switzerland took the lead and had the chance to double it from 12 yards but Ricardo Rodriguez had his penalty saved.
France then powered into a 3-1 lead but the Swiss showed great character to level it up, which took them into extra time and eventually, penalties. Despite pulling off this fantastic result, the Swiss head into their quarter-final against Spain as the clear underdogs once again, but their likely to unfazed by it as they will be full of confidence heading into the game.
Spain followed up their 5-0 annihilation of Slovakia with a rollercoaster 5-3 extra-time victory over Croatia. Now that they seem to be finding their feet, Luis Enrique’s men are being talked about as tournament favorites.
Even though they’ve started finding the back of the next with regularity, they still have one of the worst conversion rates amongst teams left in the competition. Spain’s defence was exposed woefully in the game against Croatia and goalkeeper Unai Simon made a blunder which led to a goal. Switzerland will surely be looking to exploit such defensive weaknesses, and what a game this could shape up to be.
Granit Xhaka will miss out of here after his accumulation of yellow cards.
Jose Gaya is battling with a muscle injury and is unlikely to be risked.
Switzerland’s last five games: WDLWD
Spain’s last five games: WDDWW
Switzerland have either scored or conceded exactly three goals in their last three games.
Spain have lost just one of 22 meetings with Switzerland (W16, D5).
Both teams have scored in four of Switzerland’s last six matches. Five of Spain’s last eight games have also ended with both sides getting players on the scoresheet.
With both sides seemingly now focusing fully on attacking, expect a lot of goalmouth activity in this one. Bet on the Both Teams To Score market at odds of 17/20.
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