Switzerland 2020 UEFA Euro Betting
Can Switzerland finally get to the quarterfinals of a major tournament? The Swiss national team has been unable to get to the quarterfinals of either the World Cup or the European Championships since 1954. They have been bounced in either the Group Stage or the Round of 16 in their last seven World Cup appearances and only four Euros appearances.
Switzerland Squad Profile
UEFA Euro Odds: +7000
Coach: Vladimir Petkovic
FIFA Ranking: 16
Best Finish: Round of 16 (2016)
Group: A ( Turkey, Italy and Wales )
How They Got Here
Although the Swiss didn’t have the best go of it in qualifying, they finished atop Group D with a 5-2-1 record. Switzerland finished one point ahead of Denmark as the Danes drew half of their games, and both Ireland and Georgia finished further off the pace. It was an impressive showing considering Xherdan Shaqiri didn’t play in any of the eight games due to injury.
Shaqiri is healthy and in form once again, and that’s important for Switzerland’s chances. Although he has disappointed during his stint with Liverpool, he is the leading goal scorer on the roster with 23 goals in 89 games. Shaqiri lifted Switzerland to a 1-0 win over Lithuania in their most recent World Cup qualifier on March 28, and he is the most creative midfielder on the roster.
The Red Crosses are captained by Granit Xhaka. Xhaka is a set-piece specialist and aggressive midfielder that isn’t afraid to get physical in order to break up opponents when they are on the attack. That has led to plenty of cards during his time with Arsenal, but his play has been more composed when he is playing for Switzerland.
Haris Seferovic has been the primary option up top for Switzerland. He has 21 goals in 73 matches with the national team, and he has scored in two of the team’s last three games as of April 2021. We have seen him thrive with Portuguese side Benfica this season, as he has 16 goals in 24 matches and is one goal off the league lead.
The other two forwards to watch are Admir Mehmedi and Mario Gavranovic. This might be the last major international tournament for both players as they are getting up there in age. Neither player is a world beater, but both Mehmedi and Gavranovic are solid secondary options to Seferovic.
This back line will be led by Ricardo Rodriguez and Fabian Schar. The two have been together for a significant amount of time, so there is plenty of familiarity there. Both players are on the right side of 30 despite their experience too.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s Yann Sommer will be in net once again for Switzerland. Sommer has been a mainstay over the last decade, and there isn’t another Swiss goalkeeper with more than a handful of caps.
Saturday June 12
Wales vs. Switzerland (Baku; 9 a.m. ET, 3 p.m.)
Wednesday June 16
Italy vs. Switzerland (Rome; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m.)
Sunday June 20
Switzerland vs. Turkey (Baku; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m.)
Switzerland’s History at the European Championships
It took Switzerland a few decades before the country finally made it to the Euros. Their debut came in 1996, and the Swiss took a point off England in their very first match. Unfortunately, they didn’t earn another result and ended up bowing out in the Group Stage.
The script was similar in their next appearance as the Swiss went 0-1-2 and were bounced before the knockout rounds of the 2004 Euros. During the 2008 edition, Switzerland finally won a match, beating Portugal in their final game. However, the Portuguese had already ensured they would finish atop the group and the Swiss had no chance of advancing at that point.
After failing to make the 2012 Euros, Switzerland had its best showing yet at the 2016 Euros. They knocked off Albania in their first match and drew with Romania and France in their next two matches to advance to the knockout rounds for the first time ever.
They relied on Sommer and their defense, as they only allowed two goals in their four matches. However, they couldn’t make it past the Round of 16 after losing to Poland in penalties. Shaqiri scored late to send the game to extra time after a late first half goal for Poland, but neither team could score in the additional 30 minutes. Xhaka was the only player to miss a penalty for either team, leading to Switzerland’s ousting.
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