Kick-off: 1700, 02/07/2021
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
Spain and Switzerland both enjoyed thrilling Euro 2020 wins at the last-16 stage but tend to be involved in tight tussles when they get together.
Last year’s Nations League encounters ended with a narrow 1-0 win for La Roja in Madrid followed by a 1-1 draw in Basel.
We like 13/10 for Luis Enrique’s side to prevail and under 3.5 goals in the game for our first Switzerland vs Spain prediction.
A Look At Switzerland’s Betting Odds
Of course, Switzerland have already upset the odds once at this tournament by seeing off World Cup winners France via a Bucharest penalty shoot-out.
In normal time, the Rossocrociati took a surprise lead through Haris Seferovic but then had a spot-kick saved before falling 3-1 behind to a second-half blitz from Les Bleus.
However, Switzerland produced a stirring finish as Seferovic headed in Kevin Mbabu’s cross, then substitute Mario Gavranovic first had a goal disallowed for offside prior to firing in a last-gasp equaliser.
Nine successful kicks hit the back of the net in the shoot-out but Yann Sommer saved Kylian Mbappe’s effort to send his side through.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka told UEFA: “It’s amazing. We made history and we are all very proud.
“We wrote the history of this footballing nation. Now we have Spain in the quarters. It will be difficult but we are dreaming now.”
Without taking anything away from the Swiss, though, it has to be said that France looked guilty of getting too complacent when in front.
La Roja shouldn’t now make the same mistake and we feel 11/2 for them to grind out a clinical 1-0 win appeals from the Switzerland vs Spain odds.
A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds
Admittedly, Spain had earlier taken part in a very similar contest, coming from 1-0 behind to lead Croatia 3-1 before conceding twice late on to send the tie to extra-time.
A bizarre own goal set the tone for a dramatic contest, with Unai Simon failing to control Pedri’s lengthy back-pass.
La Roja then dominated and took control through scores from Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres.
Croatia somehow rallied as substitutes Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic scored in the closing stages but Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal made it 5-3 in extra-time.
That outcome gave us a trio of successful selections, including 14/5 for a draw in normal time and 12/5 for Torres to score.
Enrique commented: “I think the only mistakes we committed in the game were in the final 10 minutes, when we were leading 3-1.
“I think we should have continued playing the way we had been playing beforehand and not deciding to go to long balls and play a defensive game because that’s not the game I want to play, even if sometimes it is appropriate.
“I’m really pleased we got a second chance and were able to win 5-3 and I think we did play out the end of that game the way we need to, which is playing and defending with the ball.”
The much-maligned Morata continues to divide opinions but that strike made it a healthy 21 goals in 44 international appearances.
Let’s finish off our Switzerland vs Spain betting tips by taking 21/10 for him to outscore Seferovic in normal time in Saint Petersburg.
France 3-3 SWITZERLAND (4-5 on pens) – Seferovic (2), Gavranovic
Croatia 3-5 SPAIN (AET) – Sarabia, Azpilicueta, Torres, Morata, Oyarzabal
Head-to-head: Switzerland 1-1 Spain, Spain 1-0 Switzerland, Spain 1-1 Switzerland, Spain 0-1 Switzerland
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