Preview - Switzerland vs Denmark 27 March 19

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Euro 2020 Qualifying: Group D
Switzerland vs. Denmark
Wednesday, March 27th 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. Jakob-Park

Last five matches form: L W L W W
Average goals per match (Previous 10): 2.00
Average goals against per match (Previous 10): 1.10
Top Scorer: Granit Xhaka (10)

Last five matches form: D W W D D
Average goals per match (Previous 10): 1.00
Average goals against per match (Previous 10): 0.80
Top Scorer: Christian Eriksen (26)

Switzerland got their Group D campaign off to a solid enough start when winning 2-0 away in Georgia. Next up its this home clash with their major rivals to top the section as Denmark come calling to St. Jakob-Park.

This will a little surprisingly be only the fifth meeting between these sides. It's been honours even in the games to date, with one win for each side and two draws.

Just the one injury for Switzerland, but it's a big one, as key creative influence and goal-getter Xherdan Shaqiri misses out. Denmark look to have a fully fit squad from which to select.

Both sides have been going well for a while now, seeing them rocket up the World rankings. Switzerland are currently eighth, whilst Denmark are tenth.

The Swiss have been blowing hot and cold of late, following up a defeat at home to lowly Qatar, with a 5-2 drubbing of World number 1 Belgium. This is not an easy team to predict. That loss to Qatar was the exception rather than the rule though, with the Swiss having won ten of their last twelve at home, keeping an impressive nine clean sheets in the process.

Denmark head into their opening qualification game unbeaten in their last seven. They may not be spectacular, but are generally one of the most solid and consistent sides around, and have kept a clean sheet in ten of their past 15. Discounting a non Fifa sanctioned friendly against Sweden and when they fielded a non-league side at Slovakia, the Danes are unbeaten in their last eleven fixtures on the road.

This looks like being tight, particularly with Shaqiri missing out. We will take a low scoring draw in this one.

Prediction: Switzerland 1 - 1 Denmark


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 3
Shots:  9 - 11
Shots on target: 3 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 55% - 45%

Denis Zakaria, Manuel Akanji and Breel Embolo were all booked for the home side, with referee Damir Skomina also taken the name of Nicolai Joergensen of Denmark.

A real thrill at St. Jakob Park. They may have been behind on possession, but there's an argument that Denmark just about edged this on the stats and in terms of general play. It was nevertheless Switzerland who appeared to be cruising to victory in the closing stages, only to be clawed back by a dramatic late comeback.

The Swiss opened the scoring in the 19th minute. A driven ball into the area hitting Abian Ajeti and sitting up really nicely for Remo Freuler around nine yards out to the left. Firm volleyed finish into the bottom right from Freuler. 1-0 at the break.

Denmark were unlucky not to be back on level terms early in the second half when having an effort incorrectly chalked off for offside.

Then in 66th minute Switzerland made it two. Granit Xhaka receiving the ball around 25 yards out and slightly to the right and unleashing a thunderous strike into the top left.

Ten minutes later the hosts looked to be home and hosed. Manuel Akanji's header following a corner from the right being turned goalward by Breel Embolo; Kasper Schmeichel got plenty on it but not enough to prevent the ball trickling over the line.

Denmark then scored what surely looked to be merely a consolation with six minutes left on the clock. A Christian Eriksen free kick from deep on the left evading all bar Mathias Joergensen who nodded in from a couple of yards when arriving at the far post.

Four minutes later Denmark suddenly had a chance of getting something from the game. Yussuf Poulsen springing the offside trap and playing the ball left to Christian Gytkjaer, taking the keeper out of the game. Gytkjaer slotting into the empty net from seven yards.

And then incredibly in the third minute of stoppage time the Danes comeback was complete. A lofted ball into the area causing chaos, with an attempted headed clearance going straight up in the air. Yan Sommer came racing off his line to try and deal with it, but it was Denmark's Henrik Dalsgaard who got there first to head home. 3-3 final score.

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