Preview - Switzerland vs Iceland 09 September 18

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Uefa Nations League A Group 2
Switzerland vs Iceland
Sunday, September 9th, 2018
01:00am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium:  Kybunpark

Last five matches form: W D W D L
Average goals per match (last ten games) : 1.60
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.60
Top Scorer: Xherdan Shaqiri (21)

Last five matches form: L D D L L
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.80
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.80
Top Scorer: Kolbeinn Sigborsson (22)

The Uefa Nations League continues into the weekend with this matchup in Switzerland as the hosts welcome Iceland to Kybunpark.

Both of these sides played in the summers World Cup Finals. Iceland failing to escape their group, and Switzerland being eliminated in the Round of 16.

Iceland are now without a win in their seven most recent international fixtures.

Switzerland were disappointed to go out to Sweden at the World Cup but have picked up some decent results of late, including draws with Brazil and Spain and wins over Serbia and Japan

This will be just the third meeting between the sides. Switzerland won the first 2-0 in 2012, with the second resulting in an eight goal thriller as the sides played out a 4-4 draw.

This game represents the beginning of a new era for Iceland as Erik Hamren takes charge for the first time. Compiling a decent record when in charge of the Swedish National team between 2009 and 2016, it will be interesting to see what style Hamren adopts here, following the pragmatic approach so successfully adopted by Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimmson.

We favour the home side to win this one. Whereas Iceland look to be a team in transition at present, Switzerland are a side who have a very clear identity and style under Vladimir Petković.

Prediction: Switzerland 3 - 1 Iceland


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 6 - 0
Shots:  22 - 3
Shots on target: 13 - 2
Corner Kicks: 4 - 1
Possession: 59% - 41%

Fabian Schaer, Breel Embolo and Granit Xhaka were booked for the home side. Ragnar Sigurdsson being the only Icelandic player to have his name taken by referee Michael Oliver.

As far as first games go, this could certainly have gone a little better for new Iceland boss Erik Hamren.

This turned into an annihilation in the end as Switzerland ran riot.

The first came in the 13th minute. Steven Zuber being picked out by Ricardo Rodriguez just inside the box on the left hand side from where he produced a thunderous finish in off the bar in the top right.

Ten minutes later it was 2-0. Xherdan Shaqiri crossing into the area from a free kick and the keeper getting a hand to it. When Fabian Schaer played the ball back into the six yard box though Denis Zakaria was left with a tap in. And that's the way it stayed until half time.

The third came in the 53rd minute and from a Shaqiri free kick in an almost identical position as the first. This one made its way directly into the left-hand side of the goal though, via the slightest of deflections.

It was four in the 67th minute. Schaer grabbing his second assist of the game when teeing up Haris Seferovic just inside the area. Smart finish from Seferovic into the bottom left.

Seferovic turned provider in the 71st minute. Receiving the ball in the right-hand side of the box and playing in a low cross for Albian Ajeti to prod home from close range.

And Switzerland still weren't done. In the 82nd minute they made it six. Another slick move down the right ending with Denis Zakaria taking out the keeper and defence with a low ball,  allowing Admir Mehmdia to finish into the empty net. Rout complete.

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