Spain play Switzerland at Villarreal’s Estadio de la Cerámica on Sunday, as both teams look ahead to this summer’s World Cup. The home side go to Russia as one of the favourites to lift the famous trophy, and are looking to back up an excellent win last time out.
Where and when: Estadio de la Ceramica – 3 June, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Spain vs. Switzerland: Sky Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: These teams last met in their opening game of the 2010 World Cup. Switzerland recorded a shock 1-0 victory, but Spain went on to win the tournament, conceding just one more goal in the rest of the competition.
Spain v Switzerland Predictions and Preview
This is a very good warm up fixture for both of these teams, with Switzerland preparing for a tough World Cup group that pits them against Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica. The Swiss are no mugs on the international scene though, and will help Spain get back up to speed in their first game since March.
Having said that, Spain’s last outing was a highly impressive one, with Isco helping himself to a hat-trick as part of a stunning 6-1 victory over Argentina. The forward could sit this game out though, along with Real Madrid team-mates Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio and Nacho after the recent Champions League final.
The Spanish squad is full of talent however, shown by the fact that Julen Lopetegui has left players such as Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin, Marcos Alonson, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera out of his World Cup squad. Whoever gets the chance to impress on Sunday, Spain start as heavy favourites in the betting, priced at 12/1.
Switzerland have plenty of experience in their ranks, including captain Stephan Lichtsteiner who is set to win his 99th international cap at the weekend. Other names familiar to Premier League fans include Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami and Johan Djourou.
It’s unlikely they’ll be enough to steer the away side to victory, but if you think they can then you can back the Swiss as long as 12/1. A draw would be viewed as a positive result for Vladimir Petkovic’s side, and that’s available at 21/5.
In truth though, this should be a comfortable victory for Spain. La Roja have conceded five goals in their last three games, so Switzerland could trouble the scorers, with a Spanish win and both teams to score bet priced at 13/4. Switzerland are 28/1 for the same bet.
One to watch for Spain: Diego Costa will lead the line for Spain in Russia, and he should be fresh after missing the first half of the season due to his move back to Atletico Madrid. He’s 7/2 to open the scoring like he did against Argentina, and 5/4 to score in a Spain win.
One to watch for Switzerland: Xherdan Shaqiri has 20 goals so far for Switzerland, and there’s no doubt he’s aiming to catch the country’s record scorer, Alexander Frei, who has 42. After a disappointing season with Stoke, Shaqiri is 18/1 to break the deadlock on Sunday.
Long shot: If they can put six past Argentina, then there are few teams Spain can’t score six goals against. Lopetegui’s side are a massive 225/1 to win a second successive game 6-1.