Germany and Switzerland continue their Nations League campaigns when they meet at Cologne’s RheinEnergieStadion on Tuesday night. The two countries are battling it out with Spain and Ukraine in Group A4, with a place at next year’s finals at stake.
Where and when: RheinEnergieStadion – 13 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Germany vs. Switzerland: Sky Sports
Last time: Ilkay Gundogan put Germany ahead early on when the teams met in Basel last month, but Silvan Widmer’s second-half equaliser secured a 1-1 draw for the hosts.
Germany v Switzerland Predictions and Preview
This is a big game in Nations League Group A4, with Switzerland looking to drag themselves back into contention and Germany also looking to improve their status within the section. Both countries started slowly in the competition last month and are in need of a good result.
Switzerland made the Nations League finals last year, but began this campaign with a defeat to Ukraine before that draw with Germany. The Rossocrociati prepared for this double-header with Spain and Germany by losing 2-1 at home to Croatia, in another sign that their once watertight defence is now a little leaky.
The Germans were certainly leaky at the back as they drew 3-3 with Turkey to warm up for their Nations League fixtures against Ukraine and Switzerland. Joachim Low’s side haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last four matches, while Die Mannschaft conceded five the last time they played Switzerland before September’s meeting.
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That 5-3 victory for the Swiss was back in 2012 though, so won’t have much bearing on this game. Nor will the fact that particular match ended Germany’s eight-game unbeaten run against Switzerland going back to the 1938 World Cup, with Die Mannschaft winning seven of their meetings since then. Xherdan Shaqiri’s availability following a positive coronavirus will have a bearing on this match, though.
Even so, the home team are the clear favourites to win this game, as they look to continue what’s proving a long rebuilding process following a disappointing last World Cup in 2018. Switzerland seem to have been going backwards since then, and they are probably worth staying away from in this game. Even a draw would be a surprising result given the quality in the Germany squad.
One to watch for Germany: Timo Werner is looking to establish himself as a force at international level, after only managing 12 goals in his first 31 appearances for his country. The new Chelsea striker is certainly worth a look for the first goal in these Germany v Switzerland predictions though.
One to watch for Switzerland: Haris Seferovic is far less prolific on the international stage, having only managed 19 goals in his first 66 appearances for the Rossocrociati. Nonetheless, the Benfica striker leads the line for Vladimir Petkovic’s side, and could be a threat in the anytime scorer market.
Long shot: There have been some high-scoring meetings between these teams over the years, with six of their 10 meetings before last month producing four or more goals. Germany to win and over 3.5 goals could be worth a look in this game, while a 3-1 home win could also be tempting. You could even add in-form Serge Gnarby as the first scorer for even bigger odds.