Switzerland are set to cross swords with Spain in the first quarter-final of Euro 2020 at Gazprom Arena on Friday. Switzerland come into this match on back of an impressive 3-3 (4-5 pens) win over World Champion France in the Round of 16 game. Twin strikes from Benfica striker Haris Seferovic and a goal from Dinamo Zagreb forward Mario Gavranovic helped Switzerland draw level with France. Switzerland eventually piped Didier Deschamps’ France on penalties to book a berth in the quarter-final.
Spain, on the other hand, defeated Croatia 5-3 in their Round of 16 games. Paris Saint-Germain forward Pablo Sarabia, Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, Manchester City winger Ferran Torres, Juventus striker Alvaro Morata and Real Sociedad attacker Mikel Oyarzabal dodged goals to seal the deal for Spain. Spain might have a big lead over Croatia in the head to head encounters but when it comes to crunch games such as this, no team will be favourites. However, the suspension of captain Granit Xhaka is a massive blow to Switzerland.
Switzerland vs Spain Match Details
Venue: St Petersburg
Time: 9:30 PM
Switzerland vs Spain head to head
Played – 22
Spain – 16
Switzerland – 1
Draw – 5
Switzerland form guide at UEFA Euro 2020: W-W-L-D
Switzerland vs Spain Predicted XI
Switzerland Predicted XI (3-4-1-2): Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez, Kevin Mbabu, Remo Freuler, Denis Zakaria, Steven Zuber, Xherdan Shaqiri, Haris Seferovic, Breel Embolo
Spain Predicted XI (4-3-3): Unai Simon, Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba, Koke, Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata, Pablo Sarabia