Preview - Spain vs Switzerland 04 June 18

Started by Harry85, Jun 03, 2018, 07:42 PM

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Spain vs Switzerland
Monday, June 4th, 2018
04:00am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: El Madrigal

Spain:
Last five matches form: W W D D W
Average goals per match:  3.60
Average goals against per match: 0.30
Top Scorer: David Silva (35)

Switzerland:
Last five matches form: L W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 0.58
Top Scorer: Xherdan Shaqiri (20)

In the latest round of international fixtures, the best game may well be saved until last in this all European encounter. El Madrigal is the venue and Spain are the hosts as a promising Switzerland side come calling.

There aren't too many games a year where both sides arrive having each scored six times in their previous match, but that's exactly what we have here. Switzerland gave World Cup Finals qualifiers Panama something to think about when thumping them 6-0. Spain meanwhile - perhaps even more impressively - tore Argentina to shreds in a 6-1 win.

Spain's overall form has been excellent recently. Now unbeaten in 18, they are certainly building up a head of steam headed into the finals as they bid to win the World Cup for just the second time in their history.

Switzerland will be no pushovers though. Still led by the mercurial Shaqiri, they have themselves lost only once in normal time in their past 20 games, when going down 2-0 away from home to European Champions Portugal.

Whilst Switzerland's run looks impressive at first glance, much of that record has been compiled against the likes of Andorra, Faroe Islands, Latvia and Belarus. Spain are simply on a different planet to any of those sides. In terms of sheer quality their will be few - if any - better squads at the finals and they are fancied to continue their unbeaten run by putting the Swiss to the sword here.


Prediction: Spain 4 - 0 Switzerland

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 15 - 2
Shots on target: 5 - 1
Corner Kicks: 7 - 1
Possession: 65% - 35%

Just the one booking for each side at El Madrigal. Saúl Ñiguez seeing yellow for Spain and Switzerland's Steven Zuber also having his name taken by referee Istvan Kovacs.

A pretty typical display from Spain on the stats. Massively dominant in terms of possession and shots on goal, they were nevertheless unable to turn that superiority into a win. They will be hoping they can rediscover their killer instinct in time for the finals themselves.

Credit to Switzerland though who refused to buckle, and managed to grab one of the few chances they did have.

It was Spain who took the lead in the 29th minute. Andres Iniesta going for an up and under cross from the left. As the ball dropped, Alvaro Odriozola watched it all the way onto his boot before drilling a 20-yard first time volley into the bottom left corner. Fine strike from the Real Sociedad man.

Andres Iniesta continues to be at the heart of most of Spain's best work. He and Jordi Alba had half chances to double the lead but were unable to take them and in the 62nd minute Switzerland were back on level terms.

The equalising goal came courtesy of a most uncharacteristic error from David De Gea. When the ball made its way to Stephan Lichsteiner in the right-hand corner of the eighteen yard box, his side footed effort on goal looked like easy pickings for De Gea. He couldn't hold onto it though and when the ball squirmed underneath him, Ricardo Rodriguez was on hand to tap in from about a yard.

Switzerland will probably draw the most encouragement from this result, but on another day Spain could have had at least a couple more goals and still look to be one of the favourites headed into the finals.


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