Switzerland will host Italy in Group C of the World Cup European qualifying round.
Switzerland are currently ranked 14th in the world and the team has had a decent year overall. The team finished 3rd in the group stage of the Europa League, but eliminated title favourites France in the knockout stages, before meeting Spain in the last 8 and stopping short.
In the World Cup, Switzerland won all 2 matches, beating Bulgaria and Lithuania, and are currently 2nd in the group with 6 points. With 2 games less to play, there is a 4 point gap from the top of the table Italy. Looking at the current Group C standings, Switzerland’s prospects for qualifying are still relatively optimistic.
The Swiss team is currently led by new manager Yakin and the 23-man squad called up this term is not too different from the previous one, with all the leading players such as Shaqiri, Zomer and Zaka selected.
The Swiss team only played one warm-up game against Greece recently, and the team was not far behind their opponents on the field, with 49% possession, 9 shots and 3 on target. A 2-1 win was achieved thanks to goals from 2 men, Zubair and Vargas.
It is worth noting that the Swiss team has conceded goals in 4 consecutive games and there are still some concerns on the defensive end.
Italy have not only won the Europa League this year, but have also performed very impressively in the World Qualifiers.
They are currently unbeaten in four World Qualifying matches, with three wins and one draw, and are top of the group with 10 points. They have scored 7 goals and conceded 1 during this period.
The attacking and defensive performances were extremely consistent, especially using the defensive counter-attacking tactics to perfection. Chiesa, Bonucci, Barella, Insigne and others made the opponents unable to defend.
The Italian team played their last World Cup Qualification match at home against Bologna. The men in blue dominated the field with 79% possession, 27 shots and 8 on target, more than 6 times the number of shots than their opponents.
Chiesa’s goal gave his team the lead on the field, but was broken by the opponent late in the first half. Several counter-attacks were launched in the second half but none of the chances were taken and the game ended in a 1-1 draw between the two sides.
It is worth noting that the Italian team has been conceding goals in a number of matches recently, which shows that there are still some hidden problems in the back line, and I believe that the manager Mancini will make adjustments as soon as possible.
Most of the matches between the two teams in the past have been warm-up matches, with the only recent match being the Europa League group stage match this year, where Italy beat Switzerland 3-0.
The Swiss have not played any official matches recently, and are in good shape and at home, while the Italians were held to a draw by the Relegation strugglers last match, and are in a bit of a slump.
From the current attitude of all parties, there is no obvious favorite, so the Swiss team is still expected to get points at home.
Match time: 5 Sept,Explanation of common sports betting types 7:45pm UK time
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