Both Switzerland and Spain had to go through hell before entering the EURO 2020 quarterfinals where the two sides will clash on Frisday. La Roja needed extra time to see of Croatia, while the Rossocrociati eliminated World Champions France on penalties but captain Granit Xhaka will miss the Spain clash due to suspension.
Where and when: Gazprom Arena – 2 July, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Switzerland vs. Spain: ITV
Last time: These two countries were paired in the same UEFA Nations League group in 2020. La Furia Roja won by 1-0 at home before a late Gerard Moreno equalizer earned them a hard-fought 1-1 draw in the return.
Switzerland v Spain Predictions and Preview
Switzerland caused the shock of the tournament by knocking World Champions and Euro 2020 favorites France. However, things aren’t getting easier for Vladimir Petkovic’s side as Spain is next and to make matters even worse captain Granit Xhaka will miss the game through suspension.
The Arsenal midfielder has been outstanding for the Rossocrociati this summer and was named Star of the Match against France. Denis Zakaria is expected to step in, but it’s hard to see him matching Xhaka’s impact in the middle of the park.
Haris Seferovic’s scored two headers against France, so he is expected to lead the line once again, despite Mario Gavranovic’s late equalizer from the bench. Xerdan Shaqiri and Breel Embolo will support the Benfica forward, so Switzerland has enough firepower upfront.
The clash at the Gazprom Arena in Saint-Petersburg will be the first between those countries at the European Championship. Their three previous meetings in a major tournament came at 1966, 1994 and 2010 World Cups, with Spain winning the first two and Switzerland triumphing last time out.
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Spain to win and BTTS
Over 3.5 goals
Morata to score first
The 2010 game is actually Spain’s only defeat, as La Roja have won 16 and drawn five times out of 22 games against Switzerland. Nevertheless, Luis Enrique’s men cannot relax, as they’ve been far from convincing after throwing away a two goal lead in just over 10 minutes against Croatia.
Luckily for Unai Simon, his blunder was not decisive and he was even praised by Luis Enrique after the game, so he is set to keep his place between the sticks. Regardless, Spain are still very vulnerable at the back, but remain capable going forward, as La Roja scored five goals in consecutive games for the first time in the competition.
Although, not as prolific, Switzerland scored three goals in their last two games, but they also concede a lot, so Over 2.5 goals at 21/20 seems like a great option. The Rossocrociati are 9/2 to win inside 90 minutes, while Spain are a 7/10 favorites for the same bet.
The draw is priced at 13/5 and would mean going to extra-time, with Spain’s odds to win in the additional period rated at 9/1 and Switzerland being 20/1. A penalty shootout is 12/1, while Spain are 3/10 and the Swiss 12/5 to qualify for the semis by any method.
One to watch for Switzerland: Haris Seferovic has been superb this summer, with three strikes in four games, including two headers against France. The 29-year-old broke the deadlock against the World Champions and he is a 9/1 to do the same against Spain.
One to watch for Spain: Alvaro Morata has had a mixed summer, but his brilliant strike against Croatia was his second goal at the tournament and should give him some confidence. The Juventus forward made some notable misses in each game, but he is a 4/1 to score the opener against Switzerland
Long shot: Spain is now the only team in the history of the competition to score 5 or more goals in consecutive games. Switzerland, meanwhile, have seen at least three goals in all of their games this summer, so placing a bet for Over 4.5 goals at 11/2 seems like a reasonable choice.