Switzerland v Spain betting tips: Swiss eye another upset
Preview and odds for the Euro 2020 quarter-final
Both Switzerland and Spain were involved in high-scoring thrillers in the last round and we’re hoping for plenty of entertainment again as we pick out some Switzerland v Spain betting tips.
Incredibly both of Monday’s round-of-16 matches finished 3-3 after 90 minutes before Spain went on to beat Croatia 5-3 in extra time and Switzerland knocked out world champions France in a penalty shoot-out.
Friday’s match is live on ITV and kicks off at 5pm in Saint Petersburg.
Switzerland v Spain match odds
Switzerland defied the odds to cause an upset in the last round and will fancy their chances of doing so again, having been priced up as the 9/2 underdogs to win in 90 minutes.
The Swiss have certainly shown they have the team spirit and determination to push Spain all the way, having fought back from 3-1 down in Bucharest with two goals in the final 10 minutes through Haris Seferovic and Mario Gavranovic.
Before that, it had looked like tournament favourites France would be going through after two quickfire goals from Karim Benzema and a superb strike from Paul Pogba had overturned the early lead given to the Swiss by Seferovic.
But Switzerland, who had missed the chance to take a 2-0 lead when Hugo Lloris saved Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty at the start of the second half, progressed with their first penalty shoot-out success in a major competition thanks to Yann Sommer’s save to deny Kylian Mbappe.
Goals from the much-maligned Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal finally settled an eventful contest in Copenhagen that ended 3-3 after 90 minutes.
Croatia had taken an unexpected early lead when Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon allowed a back-pass from Pedri to squirm into the net.
Spain responded superbly through Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres but Croatia hit back with two goals in the last five minutes of normal time from substitutes Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic.
Switzerland v Spain head-to-head
These are familiar foes having met each other in the Nations League last year as well as a friendly in 2018.
Spain claimed four points from the Nations League fixtures but the teams looked well matched, with Oyarzabal’s 14th-minute goal proving to be the winner in the first meeting in Spain when there were only three shots on target.
The return game in Switzerland was more entertaining as the hosts took a first-half lead through Remo Freuler.
Nico Elvedi was was sent off after 79 minutes, though, and the 10 men were unable to hold on as Gerard Moreno snatched a late equaliser for Spain.
The 2018 friendly also ended 1-1 and that score is 6/1 to be repeated after 90 minutes in our Switzerland v Spain betting tips.
Spain: Simon, Azpilicueta, Garcia, Gaya, Laporte, Busquets, Koke, Sarabia, Pedri, Morata, F Torres.
Switzerland will be without suspended captain Granit Xhaka after the inspirational Arsenal midfielder received his second booking of the tournament against France.
Seferovic went into Euro 2020 as Switzerland’s biggest goal threat and after a slow start he has come to the party and remains a contender in Euro 2020 top goalscorer tips.
His early opener set the Swiss on their way to a 3-1 win over Turkey in their final group game to secure qualification for the last 16 before bagging a brace of headers against France.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication