Luis Enrique’s men have just gone through a thrilling encounter to get past Croatia in the round of 16. They might have to do it again at the next stage when they face off the surprising dark horse, Switzerland, which eliminated France in a quite the same way as Spain. It would be an exciting clash if such goal galore happens again here. The match will be held in Kretovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg.
Both teams’ previous games
Switzerland was even involved in a more intriguing match as they had to take on the world cup winner, France. Switzerland opened the scoring through Haris Seferovic’s header. Yet, Les Blues managed to respond three times by Karim Benzema’s brace and Paul Pogba’s long range’s strike. Xerdan Shaqiri and Co did not give up as Seferovic netted his brace six minutes later followed by Mario Gavranovic’s close range strike in the six-yard box. The dramatic overturn came in the penalty shoot out when Yann Sommer denied Kylian Mbappe’s penalty. Switzerland were through by 5-4 win in a Russian roulette duel.
Their counterpart, La Furia Roja cast out Croatia 5-3 in the last outing. Pedri’s own goal put them behind first but Pablo Sarabia scored an equaliser soon. After the interval, they took the lead through Cesar Azpilicueta’s header and Ferran Torres’ strike extended their lead. However, they conceded in the last five minutes as Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic found the back of the net and pushed the game into an extra time. Luckily, Alvaro Morata showed his class as he volleyed the ball into the far corner of the net and Mikel Oyarzabal sealed their victory in Copenhagen.
Vladimir Petkovic, would not change his strong 3-4-1-2 formation. Benfica man Haris Seferovic is still featuring upfront alongside Breel Embolo or Mario Gavranovic and supported by Xerdan Shaqiri. The absence of Granit Xhaka due to his suspension can still be resolved with Denis Zakaria as the deputy.
Meanwhile, the former Barcelona boss would still be in favour of 4-3-3 formation. Luis Enrique seems to be patient enough to have faith in Morata as the main forward, which eventually paid off by his decisive goal in the previous fixture. Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres are expected to keep their post in the line up. Gerrard Moreno and Mikel Oyarzabal will be ready to come off the bench and break the deadlock when necessary.
Players to watch
Liverpool man, Xerdan Shaqiri remains the key figure in their attack. He has contributed two goals and one assist si far. Some other notable men to watch are their top assist provider Steven Zuber with four assists and the top scorer Haris Sederovic.
La Furia Roja’s top performers in this competition are Sergio Busquets and Cesar Azpilicueta. The latter has just scored one but his solid form at the right flank. Some other vital figures in the squad are Pablo Sarabia with two goals and one assists, Dani Olmo with two assists and Manchester City youngster Ferran Torres.
Spain vs Switzerland Prediction
As one of the tournament’s favourite, Spain is certainly the one dominating the game by their ball possession. However, they must not look down on Vladimir Petkovic’s men who still have the potential to stumble La Furia Roja. Both are expected to trade decent chances and goals again. Eventually, Spain’s mentality would make the difference and helped them win the game.
It is bound to be an even match. Switzerland’s odds to win are at 49/10, whereas La Furia Roja is only projected to win at 14/19 The draw result is at the value of 4/5.