England vs Switzerland Preview: The British Agony Continues While Switzerland Is Flying High

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
4 July 2024, 11:49

England vs Switzerland

The quarter final clash between England and Switzerland is set to take place at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf. England, heavily criticised from all angles, will face a Swiss side that has been defying expectations and attempting to make history. England's journey to the quarter-finals has been nothing short of dramatic. They secured their spot by overcoming Slovakia in a nail-biting round of 16 match, where Jude Bellingham's spectacular overhead kick in stoppage time and Harry Kane's extra-time header sealed a 2-1 victory. On the other hand, Switzerland stunned the football world by knocking out the defending champions Italy with a commanding 2-0 win, showcasing their solid defence once again.

England Team News

England, under the management of Gareth Southgate, have had a mixed tournament so far. Despite topping Group C, their performances have been scrutinised, especially after a goalless draw with Slovenia. However, their ability to pull off dramatic victories, as seen against Slovakia, highlights their resilience and fighting spirit. Key players like Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane have been instrumental in their campaign, with Bellingham's recent heroics earning him widespread acclaim. In terms of team news, England will have to make adjustments in defence as Marc Guehi is suspended for the quarter-final clash. Kieran Trippier, who suffered a knee injury against Slovakia, is still questionable. Still, the team comes as a favourite of the upcoming match, as per England vs Switzerland odds. 

Switzerland Team News

Switzerland, managed by Murat Yakin, have emerged as one of the dark horses of the tournament. Their impressive victory over Italy in the round of 16 has boosted their confidence and solidified their reputation as a formidable opponent. The Swiss team finished second in Group A, behind hosts Germany, and have shown remarkable consistency and tactical discipline throughout the tournament. The Swiss defence, anchored by the trio of Manuel Akanji, Nico Elvedi, and Fabian Schar, has been particularly impressive, which will be taken into account by the England vs Switzerland prediction. Granit Xhaka, the team's captain and midfield maestro, has been the driving force behind their success, leading by example and controlling the tempo of the game. Akanji, in particular, has expressed a strong desire to prove doubters wrong and lead Switzerland to their first-ever semi-final. 

England vs Switzerland Prediction

Total Goals Under 2.5

This match is likely to become another bleak match from the Three Lions. Jude Bellignham and Harry Kane prolonged the agony of fans and experts, who despite supporting their nation, are eagerly waiting for the elimination and removal of Southgate from his position. The overly defensive approach of the team is reportedly heavily criticised in the dressing room, adding an extra layer of contention to the hardships of this tournament. Switzerland, on the other hand, allows the opponent to play their own football, but at certain points of the game take the initiative at their own hands in an attempt to get an advantage. This was the case against Italy, where Gli Azzurri could not create any dangerous moment in front of Yan Sommer’s goal despite seemingly controlling the ball. This outcome comes at 1.52 at MrPlay.

Switzerland to Score - Yes

At the very least, Southgate's team deserves credit for their defensive performance throughout the group stage. However, in the last game, there were mistakes as well, as even Walker, known for his speed, missed the opponents' players in the first minutes. Since Trippier's injury forced his substitution, Saka took over at his position, which is now the most troublesome for the Three Lions. Luke Shaw is the sole substitute, and haven't played a minute during this campaign, as well as having quite limited time at Manchester United during the second half of the season. The British tactics were again evident in the match against the Slovak: we score, we stay on the defence. Switzerland, however, showed that it knows how to cut through such defences, as they showed against Italy. This England vs Switzerland tip comes at 1.63 at MrPlay.

Luke Shaw to Receive A Yellow Card

With the concerns over Kieran Trippier’s readiness still ongoing, Shaw is the most likely replacement for the position of left-wing. Southgate can even put him instead of suspended Guehi, if he will choose a more experienced Shaw over Joe Gomez. The main concern in the case of Shaw is his form, as he was recovering from an injury most of the second part of the club season and it was unclear to the very end whether he will join the team in the final squad list. Moreover, Shaw does not show his best game in the last seasons and after numerous injuries he lost his speed and the sense of position that earned him his reputation back in the days. In this regard, Yakin can concentrate all of the Swiss attacking potential on the position of Shaw, which he will rightfully consider as the weakest spot in the England’s lineup, eventually leading to fouls and booking. Shaw’s yellow card can be picked up at 4.10 at MrPlay.

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