Switzerland vs Italy Preview: Gli Azzurri Continue Their Campaign After Challenging Group Stage

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
27 June 2024, 14:28

Switzerland vs Italy

The knockout stage kicks off with a clash between Switzerland and Italy at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. This Round of 16 matchup pits two teams with contrasting group stage performances against each other, promising an exciting battle. Switzerland enters the match as the runners-up of Group A, having secured their place in the knockout rounds with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Germany in their final group game. Italy, on the other hand, finished second in their group, narrowly advancing after a late equaliser in their last match against Croatia. Unconvincing performance of the defending champions was also reflected in Switzerland vs Italy odds, where Gli Azzurri come only as a slight favourite.

Switzerland Team News

The Swiss national team  has demonstrated their ability to compete with top-tier opponents throughout the tournament. Their impressive performance against Germany, where they held the lead for much of the match before conceding a stoppage-time equaliser, showcased that the team is ready for the playoffs, in spite of pre-tournament criticism. Switzerland's solid backline, featuring players like Yann Sommer, Ricardo Rodriguez, Manuel Akanji, and Fabian Schär, will be crucial in the upcoming match, even despite Italy's attacking problems. The team will look to the dynamic play of Dan Ndoye, who scored his first international goal against Germany and overall has been a standout performer for the team. In this regard, the Swiss hope to grab their first victory over Italy since 1993. 

Italy Team News

Italy's journey to the Round of 16 has been somewhat underwhelming, with the Azzurri struggling to find their best form in the group stage. However, their late equaliser in their final group match secured their progression to the knockout rounds. Luciano Spalletti will need to address the team's lack of firepower, as Italy has struggled to convert chances into goals throughout the tournament. Italy's success will largely depend on their ability to break down Switzerland's well-organised defence while maintaining their own defensive stability, which can be hard, given the lack of options in the attack aside from unconvincing Gianluca Scamacca and Mateo Retegui, both of whom could not pose any attacking threats to opponents.

Switzerland vs Italy Prediction

Italy Draw No Bet

Despite quite incohesive performance of Italy during the group stage, the team still managed to climb to the knockout stage. Moreover, Switzerland, while not the easiest opponent, may be one of the most suitable for this Italian squad. The Swiss gave their maximum in the duel with Germany, but at the same time their main problem is in positional attacks. If Spalletti shows flexibility and simplifies the game by cutting Switzerland off from space, Italy, even despite its problems with attack, will be able to at least wait for extra times. This Switzerland vs Italy prediction can be picked up at 1.63 at MrPlay.

Total Goals Under 2.5

With the stage of the knockout allowing less room for manoeuvre and mistakes, both teams will play cautiously to progress into the next stages. Italy, with Riccardo Calafiori disqualified, will now have the balanced defensive lines, as Calafiori was often seen over engaged in attack, as he did in Bologna. Switzerland, on the other hand, will likely bounce from their performance against Germany - competent pressure, well-coordinated work in defence, but the absence of any action in attack. Two last matches between the two ended with less than 3 goals scored, with the upcoming game likely to follow this scenario. This outcome comes at 1.52 at MrPlay.

Total Yellow Cards Over 3.5 

The upcoming game will be highly dependent on the small fouls and attack stoppages, as both teams will eagerly wait for the opponents mistakes in midfield and defence. While both teams inherently do not emphasise violent approach, it is rather tactical repercussions, aimed at disrupting attacks in their origin. Thus, Italy got 6 yellow cards during the group stage, while Switzerland had 7 bookings. This match is likely to feature a lot of tactical fouls, some of which will lead to bookings. This Switzerland vs Italy tip comes at 1.67.

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