Preview and Prediction
The opening round of UEFA Nations League did not end well for Switzerland and Germany. Both neighbouring countries failed to secure three points in spite of dominating the game. In the next round, they will be squaring off in St.Jacob Park, Basel. Three points are crucially necessary for their campaign. Granit Xhaka aims for repeating their success in the previous edition by advancing to the semifinal, while Der Panzer certainly would like to aim for the higher one.
Both teams’ previous games
Vladimir Petkovic’s men suffered a 1-2 defeat while taking on Ukraine on the road. The home side’s English Premier League connection was the key of their loss. West Ham’s winger Andrey Yarmolenko opened the score sheet but Haris Seferovic managed to equalise through his long drive. Yet, at the second half, Manchester City man Olexandre Zinchenko’s long curling shot was the difference eventually.
Die Mannschaft, on the other hand, could only muster a 1-1 draw in a tight clash against Spain. Timo Werner gave them the lead first but David de Gea made a number of saves to avoid conceding more. Finally, just before the final whistle, Valencia man Jose Gaya tapped in the ball into the back of the net after finding Rodrigo Moreno’s head pass.
The former Lazio boss, Vladimir Petkovic, might be deploying 5-4-1 again with possible transition to 3-4-2-1. Benfica forward Haris Seferovic will still be the main targetman while Renato Steffen and Breel Embolo can provide support from behind or by playing wide.
Meanwhile, Joachim Loew who eventually employed 3-4-1-2 from the initial 4-3-3 should consider sticking to his offensive formation. Timo Werner and Leroy Sane can be operating from the wings to cut inside Swiss defence to support Kai Havertz as the false nine. The Bayer Leverkusen star can be an ideal targetman for aerial duel when necessary, something which Low did not attempt in the previous match.
Players to watch
In Switzerland, the captain Granit Xhaka seems to be an ideal anchorman in the midfield. The Arsenal man has 83 caps already and registered 12 goals so far. Another notable man to watch is the Wolfsburg wing back Kevin Mbabu.
Timo Werner’s goal in the previous outing showed his important role in the current team. Yet, he is better off playing as the lone striker or as a winger since he excels more on speed than aerial duel. This is where Kai Havertz can fill the void. Another notable key man is surely Leroy Sane.
Switzerland vs Germany Prediction
Granit Xhaka and Co’s home advantage might not be enough for them to seal three points. They need to be more solid in defending plus more improvement on Yann Sommer’s form. Otherwise, they could be losing the chance to snatch points here as German’s attacking line is definitely more dangerous than Ukraine. A definite narrow win for Loew side it is.
According to the punters, Germany is surely the clear favourite. Their odds to win are at 1.77, whereas Switzerland is only projected to win at 4.75. The draw result is at the value of 3.45.