Preview - Switzerland vs Belgium 19 November 18

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Nov 17, 2018, 05:22 AM Last Edit: Nov 19, 2018, 06:11 PM by Harry85
Uefa Nations League A Group 2
Switzerland vs Belgium
Monday, November 19th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Swissporarena

Last five matches form: W L L W L
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.60
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.00
Top Scorer: Xherdan Shaqiri (22)

Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 2.00
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.60
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (45)

Should Switzerland win their final match in League A Group 2 in the UEFA Nations League, they will top the table and move on to the Championship Playoff round. On the plus side they are at home. On the down side the visitors are the current number one ranked side in the world, Belgium.

Belgium did beat Switzerland in the reverse fixture, but certainly didn't have things all their own way in what was a narrow 2-1 success in the end.

Belgium hold the edge historically, but only just, with four wins to three for Switzerland.

Manuel Akanji misses out for the hosts, whilst top scorer Romelu Lukaku is a slight doubt for Belgium.

Switzerland can be a pretty good side on their day, but are seriously struggling for consistency at present and arrive at this fixture on the back of an embarrassing defeat to 96th ranked Qatar.

Belgium have been perfect in this Group to date and head into the game having beaten Iceland 2-0 at home.

Switzerland quite literally have nothing to lose and everything to gain in this game and can be expected to play on the front foot. That may not be enough to beat this Belgium side, but it should at least make for an entertaining encounter. We fancy a few goals in this one in a score draw.

Prediction: Switzerland 2 - 2 Belgium


Half time: 3 - 2
Full time: 5 - 2
Shots:  14 - 15
Shots on target: 9 - 9
Corner Kicks: 7 - 5
Possession: 53% - 47%

Three bookings in Switxerland, all for the home side. Granit Xhaka, Kevin Mbabu and Haris Seferovic the men to have their names taken by referee Daniele Orsato.

Not much between these sides on the bare stats, but it was Switzerland who were surprisingly way more efficient in front of goal to inflict the most humbling defeat this Belgium side - world number 1 remember - has experienced in quite some time.

It all started so well for Belgium too. Nice passing move from the left-hand side but it was a calamitous touch inside his own area from Nico Elvedi that teed up Thorgan Hazard to finish from around seven yards.

15 minutes later it was starting to look like an uphill battle for the hosts. Super slick break through midfield from Belgium ending with Thorgan Hazard advancing towards the right-hand side of the area and rifling into the bottom left.

Switzerland got one back in the26th minute. Kevin Mbabu deemed to have ben brought down by Thibaut Courtois inside the six-yard box. This looked a little soft but penalty kick nonetheless. Ricardo Rodriguez stepping up to convert into the bottom rightt.

Five minutes later the hosts were back on level terms. Rodriguez flighting a ball towards the far post, Xherdan Shaqiri nodding back across goal and Haris Seferovic finishing from a couple of yards.

And just before the braek Switzerland succeeded in turning the game on its head. Striking on the counter following a Belgium corner, the ball ended up with Edmilson Fernandes on the right flank. Fernandes then cut the ball back to Seferovic to the right hand side of the penalty spot who finished expertly into the top left. 3-2 at the break.

Any hopes of a Belgium comeback were dealt a hammer blow in the 62nd minute. Excellent cross from Shaqiri on the right to find Nico Elvedi getting in front of his marker at the near post to flick a header across goal and in at the far post.

The final goal came in the 84th minute and it was again Switzerland who scored it. Lovely play from Shaqiri on the right again to free Kevin Mbabu breaking into the area. Mbabu's firm cross being met with an equally firm header from Seferovic into the top left corner from around 10 yards. 5-2 final score.

Switzerland it is then who make it through to the semi-finals of this competition courtesy of this big big result.

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