Switzerland will lock horns with Spain at St. Jakob-Park in Basel on Saturday night as both teams seek to re-ignite their UEFA Nations League Group A4 campaign.
This year’s UEFA Nations League campaign could not have been more different for Switzerland. After finishing fourth overall in the inaugural edition of the competition, they are staring at relegation to the lower tiers, having failed to win any of their four group matches, managing a couple of draws and a couple of losses to sit at the bottom of the pile.
In all fairness though to Switzerland, a group that had both Spain and Germany in it was always going to be a tough one for them. The irony is the two draws have actually come against Germany but they have still somehow lost inexplicably to Ukraine who many thought would be the whipping boys in the group.
Wins have been hard to come by for Vladimir Petkovic’s side. They lost 2-1 to Belgium in their midweek friendly to make it six matches without a win.
After a disappointing showing at the World Cup in Russia, Spain coach Luiz Enrique appears to have salvaged their reputation as one of the top teams in world football over the past two years. La Roja are currently top of Group A4, having picked up seven points from their four matches in the section, a point ahead of both Germany and Ukraine, with a pivotal game against Germany coming up on November 17.
They are in great shape coming into this match. They drew 1-1 with the Netherlands on Wednesday night with Sergio Canales putting them ahead in the first half before van de Beek drew the Dutch level in the second.
They had lost 1-0 to Ukraine before that in what was the upset of the last round of matches, being their first loss since 2018 and they will be looking to avoid making the same mistake as they have no margin for error as the group games come to a close.
Spain are in pole position in this group and they will be looking to maintain it ahead of the all-important return leg against Germany in the last match of the group. With the exception of the shocking loss to Ukraine, they’ve been pretty solid, with two clean sheets in their last three group games. The same cannot be said of this Swiss side that is winless since November last year. We expect Spain to start off brightly here and we are backing them to score the first goal @ 1.62 with Bwin as our initial betting tip for the game.
Switzerland have shown they still have some fight in them. They will not sit back and soak in the pressure like most teams tend to do against Spain. They will go down swinging. This might either result in them opening themselves up at the back or a potentially explosive two back-and-forth contest. Either way, the end result is likely to be goals. We are therefore backing Over 2.5 goals to be scored @ 1.95 with Bwin betting tip for our final tip for this game.
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