Switzerland vs Spain, Euro 2020 Prediction, Odds, Betting Tips

  • Switzerland showed tremendous character to knock France out of Euro 2020
  • Spain were involved in a highly entertaining game against Croatia in the last 16
  • Luis Enrique’s side have found their attacking mojo and should win this one

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Match Result and Two or More Goals Odds
Spain +105
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Tie +380
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Switzerland +600
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Switzerland vs Spain Pick

Our Pick

Back Spain to beat Switzerland in a game featuring two goals or more. Luis Enrique’s side have now scored 10 times in their last two matches, and they will continue to create chances against Switzerland. Spain have momentum on their side and should get the win in the first of the quarter-finals at Euro 2020.

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How to Watch Switzerland vs Spain

Switzerland vs Spain Information
Teams Switzerland vs Spain
Location Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Time Friday, 2 July 2021, 12.00 PM EDT
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Switzerland and Spain Serve up Memorable Day of Drama

Monday 28 June may well go down as the most entertaining day in European Championship history. Switzerland and Spain were two of the four teams involved in an incredible few hours of intrigue and drama, as the pendulum swung back and forth between them and their opponents. In the end the Swiss and the Spanish found a way through to the quarter-finals of the competition, albeit via different means. The exhilaration of Monday has given way to a steely focus on the task at hand.

Spain came through a testing tie against Croatia, but only after several self-inflicted blows. An extraordinary own goal – Unai Simon took his eye off the ball and saw it bounce over his foot and into the net – gave Zlatko Dalic’s side the lead, but Spain turned on the style and went 3-1 up. The game looked to be over, but a lapse in concentration saw Croatia hit back twice before the final whistle. That took the match to extra time, where Spain’s extra quality eventually told in a 5-3 win.

An hour or so later, Switzerland broke the deadlock against France and were much the better team for the first 55 minutes. Yet when Ricardo Rodriguez missed the chance to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot, Switzerland were blitzed by an incredible 20-minute spell which saw the world champions score three times.

Vladimir Petkovic’s side did extremely well to bounce back from that blow, as two goals in the latter stages forced extra time. The scores were still tied at 3-3 after 120 minutes of soccer, and it was Switzerland who held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out. Yann Sommer’s save from Kylian Mbappe’s spot-kick sent the Swiss through to the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the first time since the 1954 World Cup.

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Spain Have Found Their Attacking Rhythm at the Right Time

Spain failed to score in their opening game of the tournament, as a solid Sweden side successfully nullified the de facto home team in Seville. Spain had plenty of possession that day but simply could not find a way through their opponents. The same problem occurred against Poland; Luis Enrique’s side did find the back of the net in that match, but a 1-1 draw left them sweating with one group game left to play.

The Spain coach stressed that he was not unduly concerned by the lack of goals, since his team was continuing to create chances. Sooner or later, he argued, the goals would come – a reasonable argument, albeit one which is not as applicable to international soccer, where one defeat can lead to elimination.

Thankfully, Spain came good at the optimum moment. They smashed five goals past Slovakia to qualify for the knockout phase, before hitting the same number past Croatia in that thrilling 5-3 victory. Alvaro Morata, the much-maligned center-forward, got one of them in extra time, capping a fine display in which he linked the play to great effect. Ferran Torres and Pablo Sarabia are working well as part of a front three, and the return of Sergio Busquets to the base of midfield has made Spain look a great deal more cohesive.

This is a team that suddenly looks full of goals, which is why we can expect at least two of them to be scored in Russia on Friday.

This Could Be a Game Too Far for This Valiant Swiss Side

It is hard to overstate how many characters Switzerland showed to come from 3-1 down against a France team that was running riot in the second half of Monday’s clash. The world champions had been in full flow and it was difficult to envisage Petkovic’s men mounting a comeback, particularly with that penalty miss playing on their minds. Switzerland did not give up, though, and their gutsy performance shows why they should not be written off against Spain either.

Even so, this could be a game too far for Switzerland. Their dramatic triumph over France will have taken a lot out of the players both physically and mentally, which could be a particularly decisive issue given that Spain will dominate possession here.

In Breel Embolo, Xherdan Shaqiri, Haris Seferovic and Steven Zuber, Switzerland have the attacking quality to trouble a Spain defense that was made to look shaky against Croatia last time out. That is another reason why we can expect to see more than two goals in this one.

However, it is harder to see Switzerland taking another match to extra time, or winning it within 90 minutes. Spain have found form at just the right time, and their possession-heavy approach has not come at the expense of chance creation. Back a Spanish win and at least two goals.

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