Spain will host Switzerland at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Madrid on Saturday night as they continue their quest for redemption in the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League League A Group 4 campaign.
Spain’s midweek 0-0 draw against Portugal in an international friendly continued their recent good run of results. A 1-1 draw in Germany at the beginning of September and a 4-0 home win over Ukraine catapulted to the top of this tough group. They also breezed through the qualifiers for next year’s European Championships, topping Group F having won eight and drawn two of their ten qualifying matches.
Coach Luis Enrique will have been pleased with the team’s overall performance against Portugal in that midweek game. Newcomers Dani Olmo and Adama Traore both played well. He used a largely second-string side in that game but he will certainly have all the big guns recalled for this one.
Switzerland also had a friendly game in midweek against Croatia, in which, despite taking an early lead, they ultimately lost 2-1 to the Croatians in an entertaining match. That was certainly not what coach Vladimir Petkovic had in mind as preparation for this tough match, as they try to wriggle their way out of the bottom of Group 4 following a loss at Ukraine and a 1-1 draw at home to Germany. Tough times lie ahead as another trip away to Germany is up next after this.
The Rossocrociati impressed in the 2018-19 edition of this competition, losing to eventual winners Portugal in the semi-finals, followed by another loss to England on penalties in the third-place playoff after a goalless draw.
Vladimir Petkovic will be hoping for some of that magic to turn their fortunes around this time.
Spain are undergoing a rebuild but they have looked solid under this Luis Enrique project. They are now unbeaten in all competitions since losing to Croatia in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League semifinals. That’s a run spanning 14 matches, in which they have won ten and drawn four. They have been in absolutely devastating form at home though, winning the last seven straight home games while keeping a clean sheet in 6 of them! We expect them to approach this game with a similar level of focus and we are backing them to win it @ 1.39 with Betway as our initial betting tip for the game.
All indications are Spain will dominate possession as they are wont to do. This usually denies teams goal-scoring opportunities against them as their opponents get to see very little of the ball. They afforded a high powered Portugal attack just a couple of shots on target in midweek with a largely second-string side. They also kept a fairly decent German team largely quiet in their 1-1 draw. They have put up defensive masterclasses at home too in recent matches and we are banking on that to continue here. We are therefore going for Spain to keep a clean sheet @ 1.93 with Betway betting app as our final tip.
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