Switzerland 0-2-2, Spain 2-1-1
11/14/20 2:45 pm
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Switzerland is welcoming Spain to St. Jakob-Arena in round 5 in the UEFA Nations League.
Switzerland has turned out to be the weakest team in this group in the Nations League, and they are in the last place with only 2 points, 5 scored goals, and 7 conceded goals. Switzerland is on a terrible streak, and they haven’t won any of their last 6 games. In their friendly game against Belgium earlier this week, Switzerland was leading 0-1, but Belgium turned the game around, and Switzerland has lost this match 2-1. In their last Nations League game against Germany on the road, Switzerland has had 38% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 5 big chances created, and 80% of the correct passes. Switzerland was leading twice in this game, but they were unlucky, and this match ended in a 3-3 draw. Switzerland has also conceded a red card in this match, and Fabian Schar will miss this game against Spain because of that red card. Gavranovic has scored 2 goals for Switzerland so far in the Nations League, while Seferovic added 1 goal and 1 assist. Switzerland’s chances to advance past the group stage are really low, but with 6 points left to be won, you can never know, and if they want to have a chance, Switzerland has to win this game against Spain.
Spain is dominating every team they play against, but they are struggling massively with scoring goals. Spain has a talented team with good offense, but their biggest problem is that they are trying to pass the ball all the way to the goal line and score a goal then, but that is not working for them. Spain has played a 1-1 draw in their friendly game against the Netherlands earlier this week. With 7 points, 6 scored goals, and only 2 conceded goals, Spain is at the top of their Nations League group. Ramos is the leading goalscorer for Spain with 2 goals, while Oyarzabal, Gaya, Fati, and Torres have each added 1 goal. Spain will be without Fati for the next 4 months because he suffered an injury while playing for Barcelona. In their last Nations League game against Ukraine on the road, Spain has had a massive 72% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 2 big chances created, 9 corner kicks, and a high 90% of the correct passes. Spain was missing chance after chance in this game, and in the end, they were punished. Spain has unexpectedly lost this game 1-0. There is no doubt that Spain is one of the best teams in Europe, and they will play their signature style against any team out there, but they better get their offense going before the Euro Cup next year.
Switzerland has won only 1 game against Spain in the past, and that was back in 2010. The first game between these two teams in this Nations League ended in a 1-0 in favor of Spain, and I think it will be in favor of Spain once again. Switzerland can be a dangerous team, which will force Spain to play better soccer in the attacking end, and for that reason, I see goals here.