Switzerland’s Euro spark dimmed by Xhaka’s absence in the Friday clash against Spain

July 02, 2021 at 16:24
Switzerland's Euro spark dimmed by Xhaka's absence in the Friday clash against Spain

The Swiss somehow conjured up a phenomenal upset to dump world champions France out of the Euros in a dramatic 5-4 penalty shootout win on Monday night.

This is a good comeback from their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Italy back in the group stages.

They come to the Friday meet with great spirits.

Like Switzerland, Spain too were taken to extra time as they squandered a 3-1 lead, but eventually earned a 5-3 win over Croatia.

La Roja have scored 10 goals in their last two games and after a rocky start to the Euros, look to be hitting their stride.

The absence of Granit Xhaka is a huge blow for Switzerland and his suspension may draw the line for a spot in the semi-finals of Euro 2020.

Denis Zakaria is the obvious replacement for Xhaka in the middle of the park, while Silvan Widmer may keep his place at right wing-back.

Mario Gavranovic netted the decisive equalizer against France on Monday night, but Vladimir Petkovic is likely to keep faith with Haris Seferovic.

Luis Enrique made a couple of changes of Spain’s entertaining 5-3 win over Croatia, with Jose Gaya coming in for Jordi Alba at left-back.

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David De Gea sustained a thigh knock in training prior to the victory, but was fit enough for the bench.

Eric Garcia was taken off with 20 minutes to play on Monday evening, yet with no obvious injury, he is expected to keep his spot alongside Aymeric Laporte.

The Swiss are likely to field a 3-4-1-2 formation against their opponent’s 4-3-3 formation.

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Spain are undefeated in their last 14 matches (European Championship).

Switzerland have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Spain in all competitions.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Switzerland’s last 3 games (European Championship).

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