Scotland vs Switzerland Preview: Will Fondue Be Better Than Haggis?

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
17 June 2024, 15:38

Scotland vs Switzerland

Scotland and Switzerland are set to face off in a crucial Group A match at Euro 2024 at the Cologne Stadium. Both teams are coming into this game with contrasting fortunes from their opening matches. Scotland suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat against Germany, while Switzerland secured a comfortable 3-1 victory over Hungary. This match is pivotal for Scotland, as another loss could see them exit the tournament early, while Switzerland will be looking to build on their positive start and secure a spot in the knockout stages. The stakes are high for both teams. Scotland needs at least a point to keep their hopes of progressing alive, while Switzerland will aim to capitalise on their momentum and confirm their place in the next round. As per Scotland vs Switzerland odds, the Swiss are the favourites, given their recent form and tournament experience, but Scotland will be eager to bounce back from their opening defeat. 

Scotland Team News

Scotland's Euro 2024 campaign began on a sour note with a 5-1 thrashing by Germany. The match saw Ryan Porteous receive a red card for a studs-up challenge on İlkay Gündoğan, which led to a penalty goal for Germany. This suspension means that Grant Hanley, who came on as a substitute against Germany, is likely to start in Porteous's place, adding another layer of problems to Scottish defence. Despite the heavy defeat, Scotland has shown in their qualifying campaign that they can compete with top teams, having secured a memorable 2-0 victory over Spain and outperformed Norway. Steve Clarke's squad will need to regroup and find their attacking rhythm if they are to stand a chance against Switzerland. Most importantly, the team needs to show more versatility in the midfield, while avoiding the mistakes in the defence.

Switzerland Team News

Switzerland, on the other hand, finished on a high note with a 3-1 win over Hungary. The Swiss team demonstrated their strength and depth, with Kwadwo Duah scoring his first international goal in just his second appearance. Prior to getting to the Scotland vs Switzerland prediction, let’s note that the squad remains injury-free, and key players like Granit Xhaka, Remo Freuler, and Fabian Schär are expected to start. Breel Embolo, who scored the third goal against Hungary, might also earn a starting spot in the upcoming match or once again take the role of a joker, securing the potential late advantage.  

Scotland vs Switzerland Prediction

Switzerland To Win

Despite inconsistent qualification, Switzerland showed quite a versatile display against Hungary. Even in the second half, when Hungarians became the dominant side, the nominal guests looked solid and cohesive, eagerly waiting for their chances. Scotland, despite playing with 10 men for the most of the match, did not show anything tangible, and the psychological burden of a heavy loss is likely to take its toll in the upcoming match. Thus, Switzerland appears as the more favourable side in this game, with this Scotland vs Switzerland prediction can be picked at 1.76 at MrPlay.

Total Goals Over 2.5

With the potential of missing out on playoffs, Scotland has nothing left to lose, which necessitates an attacking display from the team. With Swiss defence not without its flaws, the Scots have all the chances to find their way to strike Yan Sommer’s net. At the same time, Swiss showed its excellence in exploiting the gaps in defensive lines when the opponent rushed towards attack, which cost Hungary the third conceded goals and numerous moments missed or saved by Péter Gulácsi. Given these considerations, a high-scoring game can be expected with this outcome coming at 2.03 at MrPlay.

Total Corners Under 9.5

Both teams do not have the capacity to concentrate on flanking game and given the current roster of players, both Scotalnd and Switzerland prefer to build their game from the middle of the field. During the first matches of the tournament it became evident that the games of these two will unlikely feature many corners. Scotland had 0 corners in the match against Germany and even though it is understandable due to the red card, the Scots attempted to build their rare attacks using mainly central and defensive midfielders. Switzerland, despite enjoying a complete advantage over Hungary in the first half, had only 2 corners during this period, with total corners at the end of the match being only 8. Thus, it is unlikely that the upcoming game will see more than 9 corners. This option can be picked at 1.52 at MrPlay.

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