Switzerland take on Spain on Friday in the first Euro 2020 quarter finals. Who will be the first semifinalist of the tournament? Read here our Switzerland vs Spain betting preview with predictions, best bets, line-ups, team news, how to watch the match, best odds and exclusive free bets!
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How to watch Switzerland v Spain
The match is scheduled for an 5pm BST kick-off on Friday, July 2, 2021.
Switzerland vs Spain will be held at Gazprom Arena in Saint-Petersburg and televised on ITV for free. UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the ITV Hub, a streaming platform available to smartphones, smart TVs, PC, tablets and game consoles.
Switzerland vs Spain Betting PreviewSwitzerland dispatched the tournament favourites France on penalties after a 3-3 draw. After scoring the opening goal, the Swiss were 3-1 down to world champions but rallied late to score a 90th minute equalise, despite missing a penalty when the result was 1-0. In their first two matches at Euro 2020, Vladimir Petkovic's men recorded a 1-1 draw against Wales and a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Italy. They beat Turkey 3-1 in the final group A match. As to direct encounters, these two teams played in the UEFA Nations League’s most recent edition. Switzerland suffered a 1-0 defeat away, while the rematch on home soil ended with a 1-1 draw.
Spain have found their scoring touch in the last two outings, erasing a very poor impression they left in the opening 180 of their Euro 2020 campaign. After their 5-0 win over Slovakia in their third group stage match, La Roja beat 5-3 Croatia in the last 16 round, after the regular time ended in a 3-3 draw. As a result, they have notched up 10 goals in their last two games. Luis Enrique’s side blew a 3-1 lead against Croatia but they exerted their authority again in extra time. Clearly, the Spanish manager has issues with his backline.
Best OddsSpain are favourites to win this clash - 18/25 with STS. Betfred offer 6/1 for "Switzerland to win" while the draw is backable at 29/10 with Betsafe.
Probable Line-UpsSwitzerland (3-4-3): Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez; Widmer, Freuler, Zakaria, Zuber; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferovic
Switzerland will be without captain Granit Xhaka, who is suspended. Denis Zakaria is expected to replace the Arsenal midfielder. Haris Seferovic, fresh of a brace against France, is likely to be joined by Breel Embolo and Xherdan Shaqiri in the final third of the field. Mario Gavranovic, on the scoresheet against Les Blues as well, will provide a viable alternative during the match. No changes are expected at the back, with Ricardo Rodriguez playing as centre back alongside Nico Elvedi and Manuel Akanji.
Spain (4-3-3): Simon; Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Sarabia, Morata, F. Torres
Jordi Alba could come back in after being left out of the win over Croatia, with Gayà expected to make room. Eric Garcia was taken off with 20 minutes to play on Monday evening but he should be fit enough to partner Aymeric Laporte. In goal, Unai Simon will keep his place despite the error who caused Pedri's own goal last time out. Up front, Alvaro Morata will be flanked by Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres. The likes of Dani Olmo and Oyarzabal will provide support from the bench. In midfield, Pedri is still favoured to get the nod over Thiago Alcantara.
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Switzerland v Spain Predictions
Spain didn’t lose in the past 12 games, posting seven draws and five wins. Furthermore, La Roja has an extremely good record against La Nati, losing just once in 22 previous encounters (16W 5D). But this is a banana skin for Spain. Switzerland will play like a team with nothing to lose and have scored six goals in the last two outings. The absence of Granit Xhaka is a huge blow for the Swiss side, so we back Spain to win by a narrow margin. The 2-1 scoreline is our recommended bet in the Correct Score market. As to goalscorer, Pablo Sarabia is on fire and could find the back of the net again.
Here are the betting previews for other EURO 2020 Round of 8 games:
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- Czech Republic vs. Denmark
- Ukraine vs England
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