Online soccer predictions that win for Switzerland – Spain
Switzerland faces Spain at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium in a game from the 1/4-finals of Euro 2020. One of these teams will be just one step away from the final. Let’s discuss it in these online soccer predictions that win.
Switzerland became one of the heroes of the European Championship so far! The Crusaders did something heroic during the 1/8-finals when they eliminated the world champions France. Switzerland were 1-3 down against Les Bleus, but at the end of the game they scored twice and the game went to penalties. This is where the magic happened because Vladimir Petkovic’ team won the penalty shootout and progressed towards the 1/4-finals.
There are many heroes in the Swiss team after that historic game. Haris Seferovic scored twice against France while Mario Gavranovic equalised in the 90th minute of the game. During the penalties the name of the hero was Yann Sommer as the goalkeeper saved the penalty of the super star Kylian Mbappe. After this the whole Swiss nation started to celebrate.
How Switzerland managed to do this? Mainly with their heart, spirit and team work. Surely the Swiss players are not stars as the French, but they proved something very important in football – sometimes heart and hard work is more important on the pitch than talent. Not always, but sometimes – yes. The manager Vladimir Petkovic and his players deserve all the compliments for the way they performed. This is going to be remembered!
Vladimir Petkovic doesn’t have reasons to make any changes against Spain. Most likely he will use his usual line-up while players like Mario Gavranovic, Kevin Mbabu, Ruben Vargas and Admir Mehmedi will be ready to enter the pitch from the bench. Switzerland usually uses a classic 3-4-3 formation with Xherdan Shaqiri behind the two strikers Haris Seferovic and Breel Embolo.
There’s one just big problem for the Crusaders and the manager Vladimir Petkovic – the suspension of the captain and talisman of the team Granit Xhaka. The Arsenal star collected another yellow card against France which will put him out of the squad for the 1/4-finals. Now Xhaka hopes that his teammates will do the job without him, so he could play in the 1/2-finals. Surely Xhaka is going to be a big miss for the Swiss because of the way he play both in defense and attack. He was chosen as the man of the match against France which tells you enough about his performance.
Spain also needed extra-time to reach the 1/4-finals of the Euro 2020. La Roja finished the game against Croatia with the exactly same result – 3-3. The only difference is that the game didn’t go to penalties because Spain scored twice in the extra time for the final result of 5-3. The Spanish side had to embrace a lot of criticism for its performances in the group stage, but now La Roja are smiling again – this win will give them confidence for the next phase of the competition.
Luis Enrique is not a coach who plays the same starting eleven and once again he proved it. Against Croatia he put Gerard Moreno out of the XI and decided to start with the quicker Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres next to Alvaro Morata in attack. In defense Enrique surprisingly left Jordi Alba on the bench and picked Jose Gaya for the left back position. Eric Garcia started the game as well while Pau Torres sat on the bench for a second consecutive time, but entered the pitch in the second half.
Although it was after extra-time, Spain scored five goals in a second consecutive time after their 5-0 win against Slovakia in the group stage. Now this gives some hope to the fans that their team is finally finding its ground. La Roja were really poor in their first two matches against Sweden and Poland, but soon after this their game started to get better and the goals are now raining.
For the striker Alvaro Morata it was really important to score such a crucial goal as the one against Croatia. He was an object of death threats from some fans because of his poor performance so far, but it was his goal which changed the game in the extra time. Morata scored in a terrific way against the Blazers, so maybe now these fans will be a little bit more patient with him. There’s no doubt that Luis Enrique will start him against Switzerland as well. He will be full of confidence after this goal.
Speaking of confidence, things are complicated now for Spain’s goalkeeper Unai Simon. He conceded a terrible goal against Croatia when Pedri passed him the ball from a long distance and Simon allowed it to go past him. Luis Enrique could pick David de Gea instead of him on Friday, but we think he’s going to give Simon a proper chance to redeem himself. That’s the right thing to do in this case.
For a second consecutive game Luis Enrique picked the fresh Champions League winner Cesar Azpilicueta instead of Marcos Llorente at the right back position. It seems that now Enrique made up his mind and Azpilicueta will finish the competition. Maybe it’s the right thing to do as Llorente is not a natural defender while Azpilicueta has tons of experience in this position. He’s very reliable on the right flank and rarely makes any mistakes.
That’s the online soccer predictions that win for the Euro 2020 1/4-finals game between Switzerland and Spain in Saint-Petersburg. On paper the Spaniards must be the favorites here, but is there anyone who doubts the Swiss team now? Switzerland eliminated France in their last game, and this makes them a team to be afraid of. If they want to reach the next stage of the Euro, Spain must be at their best possible level. Just like they did against Slovakia and Croatia in their last two games.