Switzerland and Germany face off in their second Nations League fixture when they meet at St. Jakob-Park in Basel on Sunday night. The two teams enjoyed very different campaigns in this competition last time round.
Where and when: St. Jakob-Park – 6 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Switzerland vs. Germany: Sky Sports
Last time: Eren Derdiyok bagged a hat-trick as Switzerland beat Germany 5-3 on this ground in a friendly in 2012, which was the last time the countries met.
Switzerland v Germany Predictions and Preview
Germany may have the historic pedigree and start this game as the favourites in the betting, but hosts Switzerland were excellent in the inaugural Nations League and won’t be an easy opponent for Die Mannschaft this weekend.
The Rossocrociati topped a group featuring Belgium and Iceland in the last iteration of this tournament, progressing to the finals where they were beaten by some late Cristiano Ronaldo magic in the semis, before a penalty shootout defeat to England in the third place play-off.
Germany, meanwhile, only took two points from four games against France and the Netherlands, and would’ve been relegated to the second tier of this competition were it not for a restructuring. Die Mannschaft have, however, returned to form in qualifying for the postponed Euro 2020.
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Germany to win and BTTS
Germany to win 3-1
Over 3.5 goals
Joachim Low’s side topped their group ahead of the resurgent Netherlands, winning seven of their eight fixtures and losing only once to the Dutch. Switzerland also topped their section, winning five, drawing two and losing one of their eight matches to edge out Denmark by a single point.
Vladimir Petkovic’s team have been excellent defensively in recent years, and they’ll need to be on top form at the back to keep out a Germany outfit which is blessed with huge talent. The likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are set to light up the Premier League next season, although the in-form Thomas Muller remains in international exile and Serge Gnabry is absent in order to have a rest following Bayern Munich’s Champions League exploits.
Even without that duo, Germany start as the odd-on betting favourites at 8/9 for the win. They won three in a row against the Swiss before losing the most recent meeting between the countries, which was Switzerland’s first victory over Die Mannschaft since the 1938 World Cup.
The Rossocrociati lost seven of the eight clashes after that, before ending their hoodoo last time out, and are 15/4 to follow that up with another victory here. If you think this game will end in a draw, you can back that at 13/5.
One to watch for Switzerland: Haris Seferovic is Switzerland’s biggest goal threat after netting 18 goals in 64 international appearances prior to the start of the Nations League. He is worth a look in the first goalscorer market if you fancy the Swiss to take the lead, although the anytime market is a safer bet.
One to watch for Germany: Timo Werner sat out the end of RB Leipzig’s campaign in order to safeguard his move to Chelsea. The 24-year-old has 11 goals from 29 caps and is amongst the favourites to break the deadlock on Sunday night.
Long shot: The last meeting between these countries produced eight goals, while the two previous matches both saw four. An over 3.5 goals bet here is 13/5, while you can add Germany to that as the winners for 9/2. A 3-1 victory for Die Mannschaft is priced at 14/1.