Switzerland host Spain in a UEFA Nations League match in Basel on Saturday. Switzerland are trying to avoid being relegated from League A, whilst Spain are top of the group and chasing a semi-final berth.
Since international football resumed after the pandemic, Switzerland have yet to taste victory in any of their six matches.
In the UEFA Nations League they started with 2-1 loss in Ukraine before a 1-1 home draw with Germany. They then lost 1-0 away to Spain and drew 3-3 at home against Germany.
In their last match, the Swiss lost 2-1 to Belgium in friendly on Wednesday.
Switzerland Team News
Xherdan Shaquiri is now fully fit and playing well for Liverpool while Granit Xhaka is a regular part of Arsenal’s plans.
There are two major injuries to deal with for this game. Star midfielder Denis Zakaria misses out after a knee injury and Josip Drmic is injured up front.
Fabian Schar and Manuel Akanji form a solid defence in a back three.
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer, Yvon Mvogo, David von Ballmoos
Defenders: Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Nico Elvedi, Silvan Widmer, Loris Benito, Eray Comert, Becir Omeragic
Midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Steven Zuber, Remo Freuler, Edimilson Fernandes, Renato Steffen, Djibril Sow
Forwards: Haris Seferovic, Admir Mehmedi, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Ruben Vargas
Since returning to the head coach role a year ago, Luis Enrique has overseen two wins, three draws and a defeat to Ukraine on the road.
Spain started their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Germany before a resounding 4-0 home win against Ukraine and a 1-0 home win against Switzerland. That was followed by a shock 1-0 away defeat to Ukraine.
Spain drew 1-1 in a friendly with the Netherlands in their last match as Sergio Canales gave them the lead in a match Spain dominated.
Spain Team News
Spain rested several players in their friendly on Wednesday but all of goalkeeper David de Gea, defender Sergio Ramos and midfielder Sergio Busquets should start this match.
Alvaro Morata has scored six goals for Juventus this season and is set to play up front whilst Sergio Canales and Ferran Torres should play wide after a knee injury ruled out Ansu Fati.
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Unai Simon
Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Sergio Reguilon, Pau Torres, Inigo Martinez, Sergio Ramos, Jose Gaya, Marc Cucurella
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Koke, Rodri, Fabian, Sergi Roberto, Marcos Llorente, Mikel Merino, Sergio Canales
Forwards: Marco Asensio, Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata, Gerard, Adama Traore, Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal
Switzerland vs Spain Head to Head
Spain lead 4-1 against Switzerland across the seven meetings between the sides with two draws.
In their most recent meeting a month ago, Spain won 1-0 in Madrid as Mikel Oyarzabal scored the only goal.
Switzerland vs Spain Odds
Spain are favourites to win this match at 1.91 while Switzerland are priced at 3.90 to take victory. A draw is available at 3.50 with bet365
Switzerland vs Spain Match Up
Spain have more to play for and are in better form as a team but I see this game ending level in a low scoring game. Switzerland could play a back five and make life difficult for the visitors.
Switzerland vs Spain Stats
- Switzerland have conceded in their last 7 matches (all competitions).
- Switzerland have won none of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
- Switzerland have seen under 2.5 in 2 of their last 3 matches (UEFA Nations League).
- Spain have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 6 away matches (all competitions)
- Spain have scored 1 goal or less in their last 6 away matches (all competitions).
- Spain have drawn 5 of their last 6 away matches (all competitions).